Upcoming Events

To register for faculty workshops listed below, please visit this page.

Writing 2/3 or Writing 5? Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Students’ Self-Placement

Date: Thursday, September 28,  2017
Time: 12:15 - 1:45 pm
Location: DCAL, Room 102 Baker Library

Registration required, please go to this page to sign up.

Every fall we welcome new students into our sections of Writing 2-3 and Writing 5. But how do they get there, and how might that influence our pedagogical choices and our assumptions as teachers? This interactive session, led by Mark Koch and Christiane Donahue, will invite participants to review our placement process, hear about the research on “directed self-placement,” and try out some of the placement steps. We will discuss the design and foundation of the process, share some examples of student placement essays, and talk about how these essays might help us to shape our teaching and to support students effectively as they transition into their first college writing class. Lunch will be served. Sponsored by the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric.

Writing beyond First-year Writing

Date: Thursday, October 5,  2017
Time: 12:15 - 1:45 pm
Location: DCAL, Room 102 Baker Library

Registration required, please go to this page to sign up.

What do students remember—or not—from first-year writing in their second and third years?  What writing experiences do they have after the first year? What resources and strategies support them? How is their definition of “writing” changing? What gives them the most satisfaction? In this session, Institute and FYS faculty will report on preliminary findings from interviews of 45 students during 2016 sophomore summer who had participated their first year in a portfolio initiative. Participants will discuss how these preliminary findings might inform our teaching, and will develop questions we should be asking these same students in their upcoming senior year. Lunch will be served. Sponsored by the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric.

Speaking about Public Speaking, Before Public Speaking, for Better Public Speaking

Date: Wednesday, October 11,  2017
Time: 12:40 - 2:05 pm
Location: DCAL, Room 102 Baker Library

Registration required, please go to this page to sign up.

Some of the most recent inoculation research offers good news for public speakers: Speakers can be inoculated against destructive public speaking anxiety before they experience this anxiety. The key is to reframe perceptions of public speaking before the speech—which can change how they prepare for their speeches, think about their speeches, feel about their speeches—and do their speeches. In this session, Speech professor Josh Compton shares some of his work in this emerging research area, offering data-informed strategies for talking with students about public speaking in ways that make them more confident, better speakers/thinkers. Lunch will be served. Sponsored by the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric.

Portfolios in Progress

Date: Tuesday, October 31,  2017
Time: 12:15 - 1:45 pm
Location: DCAL, Room 102 Baker Library

Registration required, please go to this page to sign up.

Join us for a panel discussion, facilitated by Megan McIntyre and Alan Taylor, about how faculty across the Institute are using the new WordPress portfolios in their classes this term. As many of us are using eportfolios in our classes for the first time, this session will allow us to share experiences and insights from the first few months. How have these portfolios shifted attention to reflection? How have students embraced (or not) these new spaces? What is going as expected? What has emerged unexpectedly? Panelists will share assignments, rationale, and initial successes or learning experiences. Following the panel discussion, attendees will share their own portfolio descriptions and assignments and discuss their own successes/challenges. Faculty not using portfolios are welcome to join us and listen in. Lunch will be served. Sponsored by the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric.

First-year Seminar Faculty Workshop

Date: TBD in October or November 2017
Time: 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
Location: TBD

Registration required, please go to this page to sign up and we will poll those who sign up in order to schedule the workshop.

While this small-group workshop will address issues common to all first-year seminar faculty, it will be customized to consider in particular those issues that are most relevant to participants' upcoming seminars. Our discussions might therefore include matters like assignment design, responding to student papers, designing research instruction, incorporating peer review into the writing classroom, or any other matter of interest to the participants. Although this workshop is designed for faculty new to the FYS program, experienced faculty are also welcome, in particular faculty offering a new version of a seminar, or coming back after a few years not teaching a seminar. Lunch will be served. Sponsored by the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric.