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Professional Development in the Writing Programs

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    Teaching Cafe on instructional materials, hosted by Matthew Hitchman and Jacob Wilson

Professional Development in the Writing Programs

Starting in the 2023-2024 school year ASEs will participate in two training and mentoring events each quarter they teach in PWR or PWAC, for up to three hours. These events shall be included in the ASE’s 220 hours for the quarter. (PWR instructors teaching new-to-them courses will receive training prior to fall quarter and are thus exempt from this requirement for that academic year.) We want everyone to be able to find events that support their own pedagogical goals. 

Below is a list of some of the professionalizing events the Writing Programs are putting on this year; please feel free to select from this list. You are also welcome to seek out other teaching- or writing-related activities and events, including campus events (such as CTL talks or workshops) or non-UW events (such as conferences). We define “participation” as either attending an event… or facilitating one! We are open to you pursuing what opportunities would best support your own teaching and be meaningful to you, such as an instructor observation plus a followup conversation. If you are interested in designing and leading a Teaching Cafe discussion or other event, please let us know– we encourage you to propose something! (Email Carrie Matthews, Associate Dir. of Writing Programs–  

Have you attended a professional development event?

Please complete this form once for each event you attend!

Upcoming Events

  • January 19 and February 9: Eva Cherniavsky and Stephanie Kerschbaum will co-facilitate a workshop on writing fellowship applications, with a follow-up session on 2/9 that will give attendees the opportunity to workshop drafts of fellowship applications. (Both sessions will be at 9:30-11 a.m. The Jan 19 session will be in A-11 Padelford, coffee and pastries provided; the 2/9 location is TBD, but will also have coffee and pastries).
  • January 31: “Linguistic Diversity in the Classroom: Solidarity and Support,” with linguist Jessi Grieser. Augusta University's Virtual WAC Speaker Series. (3:00-4:30pm, in Zoom. Register here.)
  • February 2: The Writing Program at the University of Southern California is hosting "Uncharted Territories: Genre, Audience & Innovation in Advanced Writing Contexts," a one-day virtual symposium. The event is online, free, and open to all. See the event website for more details, including the full program.
  • February 5: Oregon State's Writing Intensive Curriculum program will be hosting a talk with Dr. Scott Graham (UT Texas): AI has entered the chat: Promise, Peril, and the Future of Writing in Higher Ed” (2:00-3:30pm, in Zoom. An optional workshop follows on 2/6. Register here.)
  • February 8: "Teaching Strategies that Serve Neurodiverse Students" - CTL seminar with Hala Annabi, Assoc. Prof. in the iSchool. (12:00-1:00pm in Zoom. Register here.)
  • February 9: "English, Race, and Racialization in the Philippines" - lecture with Florianne (Bo) Jimenez, University of New Hampshire. (4:00pm-5:30pm, CMU 120)
  • February 16: Elliott Stevens, Kimberlee Gillis-Bridges, and Stephanie Kerschbaum will be co-leading a workshop and conversation on video-making and accessibility that follows and builds on the video-making session Elliott and Kimberlee facilitated in Autumn Quarter that gave folks practice with ClipChamp, a free online video-making tool. We’ll continue working with ClipChamp but invite collective brainstorming and assignment design principles in light of accessibility challenges. (9:30-11 a.m., Green A in Allen Library Research Commons)
  • February 21: PWR and CTL are co-sponsoring, along with the University Registrar, a conversation about the UW’s attendance “policy” and meaningful participation, an increasing topic of conversation as students and instructors alike adjust to new teaching and learning environments in the aftermath of a year of fully-remote learning. See more and register at the Teaching@UW website. (Session takes place 2-3 p.m. on Zoom) 
  • Writing Programs' Teaching Café - Winter 2024 Schedule
    • All Friday meeting times: 9:30-11 a.m., A11 Padelford.

      All Tuesday meeting times: 12:00-1:30 p.m., A11 Padelford.

      At all of our cafes, we encourage you to come by and bring any questions or topics you'd like to discuss with a group of supportive colleagues. There will be refreshments!

      F 1/12: Furkan Sevket Kir and Mary-Colleen Jenkins on teaching for accessibility

      T 1/16: Matthew Hitchman and Jacob Wilson on sharing out best assignments/classroom activities

      F 1/26: Jonathan Isaac and Calvin Pollak: Using ChatGPT to Teach Genre: TPC and Rhetoric Approaches

      T 1/30: Micaela Chavez, Yixuan Jiang & Molly Porter on teaching literature rhetorically

      F 2/9: Maryam Fakouri, UW Copyright Librarian, on copyright laws and teaching 

      T 2/13: Dan Zhu, executive director of the Center for International Relations and Cultural Exchange (CIRCLE) on the institutional context of international multilingual students

      F 2/23: Maya Sonenberg on teaching with UW Libraries Special Collections

      T 2/27: Stephanie Clare on Class Attendance: Research & Strategies

  • Teaching@UW workshops through the Center for Teaching and Learning (ongoing). See calendar here.

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