Professional Development

First-Year Writing

Fall 2014

  • Monday, September 22nd 12-1pm "The Personal in Academic Writing with a Discussion of Scarcityoffered by Bridget Brown and Henry Margenau.

  • Tuesday, October 7th 2:30-3:45pm "Grade Norming Workshop" offered by First-Year Writing Associate Director Jennifer Holly-Wells.
  • Tuesday, October 21st 5:30-6:45pm "Assignment Design" offered by Christa Verem. 
    This workshop will address the connections between goal-setting and assignment creation. Instructors are asked to bring an assignment with them that they are working on--one that they have not had success with or are not yet sure how to implement.
  • Wednesday, October 22nd 2:30-3:30pm "Combating Student Apathy" offered by Erica Dolson and Shil Sen.
    This workshop, focuing on classroom practive and activity design, will address ways to engage apathetic and unengaged students. Presenters will share their own strategies, approaches, and challenges, as well as drawing on those of the attendees. 

  • Wednesday, October 22nd 4-5:15pm "Grading Norming Workshop" offered by First-Year Writing Director Dr. Jessica Restaino.

  • Tuesday, October 28th 4-5:15pm: "Teaching FYW with Canvas" offered by Sarah Ghoshal, Liz Martin, and Rick Reid.
    Come learn about some of the exciting ways Canvas allows us to engage with our students both in and out of the classroom. Student collaboration, peer-review, and online office hours and conferences are among the topics to be discused and demonstrated.

If you have any questions regarding workshops or suggestions for future workshops, please contact Laura Field.



Fall 2012

  • Thursday, September 20th 4-7pm, Student Center Formal Dining Room: "The Accidental Writing Teacher: Responding to Student Writers in Any University Class" offered by Dr. Joseph Harris from Duke University.

  • Friday, September 21st 8:30am-3:30pm (lunch included), University Hall ADP Center 1143: "Teachers as Scholars: Teaching Writing with Student Texts" offered by Dr. Joseph Harris from Duke University.
  • Thursday, October 11th 4pm, Rutgers University: "The Work of Knowing: Composition, Literature, and the Undergraduate Classroom" offered by David Bartholomae.  Free and open to the public.  Please provide confirmation of attendance. 

  • Wednesday, October 24th 2:30-3:45pm, University Hall 1120: "Grading and Assessment Benchmarks" offered by First-Year Writing Director Dr. Jessica Restaino.

  • Wednesday, November 14th 4-5:15pm, Dickson Hall 179: "Teaching the Portfolio-Centered Class" offered by Christa Verem.

Spring 2012

  • "Supporting Successful Student Revision" offered by Tatum Petrich, Maria Montaperto, Leslie Rapparlie, and Tavya Jackson.
  • "Writing with New Technologies: Challenges of Keeping a Writing Standard, Using Revision, and Using Rubrics" offered by Paul Caruso and Rick Reid.
    New Media Sample Rubric: Paul's sample rubric for evaluating new media projects in a writing course.
    Process Blog Assignment : Rick's process blog assignment for ENWR 105/106 with examples.
  • "Teaching Writing Through Rhetoric" offered by Laura Field and Jessica Restaino.

Fall 2010

Spring 2009

  • "Teaching Clarity: Addressing Error in Student Writing - Some Practical Ideas"

Spring 2007

  • "Developing Writing Assignments"

Fall 2005

  • "Making Connections : A Worksheet and Resource List for Teachers to Support their Curriculum with Outside Speakers and Non-Profit Organizations" offered by Jessica Restaino.