Using Writing for Learning in CEC Courses

This six-week certificate program is designed to support CEC faculty members to include writing as meaningful learning in their courses. “Writing” in this certificate program is broadly understood to include all forms of communication, including not only extended formal prose but all communication including charts, graphs, slides, and presentations. 

Completion of this program can be used to document efforts to improve teaching for the purposes of  annual evaluation and P&T dossiers. Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion, as well as a $200 professional development stipend for attending all six sessions and completing the activities. By the end of the program, each participant will have an outline of assignments they can use in their Fall 2022 courses. 

This series will benefit anyone who includes communication in their courses--especially those who have been frustrated by student response to feedback on written assignments. It is also recommended for faculty members who plan to be involved in considering how their departments can teach a course (or courses) that take the place of ENG 313 in the new GMP plan.

Who can participate? Any full-time CEC faculty member (TT or TCPL) who teaches a department’s major, minor, or elective courses or in CEC graduate programs. 

What is required for completion? Participants must attend all six sessions and complete required reading and assignment drafting between sessions. 

What will participants receive? A formal certificate of completion that they can include in their promotion dossiers and annual evaluation materials, $200 in professional development money, and a book on teaching, learning, and writing. 

How should participants prepare? Come to workshop series with a class and an assignment in mind.

Session Dates and Topics

Location to be determined. Read about the planned sessions below.


  • Friday, March 4, 1-2:30 Session 1: Understanding and Explaining the Conventions of Writing for Engineering
  • Friday, March 18, 1-2:30 Session 2: How Does Writing Get the Work of Engineering Done, and How Did You Learn to Write Like This?
  • Friday, April 1, 1-2:30 Session 3: Using Backward Design to Create Effective Assignments in Engineering
  • Friday, April 8, 1-2:30 Session 4: Writing Assignment Descriptions for Clarity and Learning
  • Friday, April 22, 1-2:30 Session 5: How to Give Students Feedback That Results in Improvement and Doesn’t Overwork You
  • Friday, May 6, 1-2:30 Workshop: Designing Your Assignments for the Fall
  • Finals Week, Day TBD: Working Showcase of Course Materials

Those will complete the certificate will be offered additional follow-up opportunities to continue course and pedagogy development:

  • Summer 2022 Faculty Writing Fellows Programs, May 16-27, 2022 (daily from 9-12) (teams from departments can work on course and assignment design) $2,000 PD stipend for participating
  • August 2022 Workshop Series ($200 PD stipend for participating in at least two sessions) 
    • Workshop 1: How to Design Writing-to-Learn Assignments for Engineering Courses 
    • Workshop 2: How to Help Students Read, Summarize and Synthesize Engineering Literature Effectively 
    • Workshop 3: How to Help Engineering Students Adapt Their Writing for Technical and Non-Technical Audiences 
    • Workshop 4: Working with International Multilingual Writers (Dr. Lora Bobrova, ELL Writing Center) 

Dates and times of the August workshops will be set in late spring 2022.

All interested CEC faculty should contact Director Elizabeth Wardle

Sponsored by the CEC Dean’s Office & the Howe Center for Writing Excellence