The Center for Writing & Rhetoric is pleased to announce the launch of two new programs as part of the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP): Graduate Writing Fellowships and Faculty Seed Grants. One of the goals of the university’s 2009 Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is to encourage faculty to integrate writing into the curriculum in ways that teach students not only that writing styles and discourse conventions differ by discipline, but also that writing itself is inseparable from the “ways of knowing” of a particular discipline. Thus, students must learn to think like members of their field—understanding the methods of inquiry, the conventions of evidence, and the modes of expression expected. Critical thinking is inextricably linked with the ability to write effectively in any field, and students need both reinforcement of the general principles of writing that cross all disciplines and explicit instruction in the writing in their majors.
Such pedagogical goals require a commitment of time and energy from faculty, and in many cases additional professional development in writing pedagogy. In order to build a culture where writing is considered the normal way of learning any subject,faculty will be encouraged to pursue professional development opportunities and the support of trained Graduate Writing Fellows.