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First-Year Writing

First-Year Writing Program
English Department
Dickson Hall 468

Director: Dr. Jessica Restaino
Associate Director: Jennifer Holly-Wells
Assistant Director: Bonnie Dowd
First-Year Writing Faculty
Secretary: Phyllis Brooks & Kim Harrison

On this page teachers will find resources for teaching First-Year Writing at MSU, though other teachers of writing and other disciplines are welcome to use these materials. Comments on the contents of the page may be sent to the Director of First-Year Writing, Dr. Jessica Restaino.

Course Requirements

ENWR100: Introduction to Writing
Full Course Proposal, Sample Syllabi, Assignments & Teaching Resources

ENWR105: College Writing I: Intellectual Prose

Full Course Proposal, Sample Syllabi, Assignments & Teaching Resources

ENWR106: College Writing II: Writing and Literary Study

Full Course Proposal,
Sample Syllabi, Assignments & Teaching Resources

First-Year Students at MSU: Who Are They? A quick summary of the incoming first-year class.

Program Assessment

The First-Year Writing Director, Associate Direction, and Assistant Director are committed to critically reflecting on the First-Year Writing Program.  The program's faculty, curricula, pedagogical methods, and their effect upon students are consistently reviewed in order to maintain and continue the academic excellence of First-Year Writing at Montclair State University. To this end, the First-Year Writing Program conducts the following regular activities to assess the First-Year Writing Program:

  • Review of student evaluations on First-Year Writing courses and faculty
  • Review of all semester grades for First-Year writing courses
  • In-class observation of First-Year writing faculty and courses as well as selected faculty-evaluated student papers

Finally, for a fuller view of program activities, please refer to the First-Year Writing Annual Report, 2012-13