Using Writing for Learning in FSB Courses

This six-week certificate program is designed to support FSB faculty members who teach courses in the FSB departments 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. 

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

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, $200 in professional development money, and several books on teaching, learning, and writing.

Session Dates and Topics

All sessions will be on zoom. Planned sessions are below.


  • Wednesday, February 2, 11:40am-1:00pm Session 1: What is “writing” and how does it help “get work done” in your professions and fields?
  • Wednesday, February 16, 11:40am-1:00pm Session 2: How can you use writing for learning, and emphasize the relationship of writing and course content?
  • Wednesday, March 2, 11:40am-1:00pm Session 3: How can you design and scaffold writing assignments for best student learning and mastery?
  • Wednesday, March 16, 11:40am-1:00pm Session 4: How can you use peer review effectively? How and when can you provide formative feedback? 
  • Wednesday, March 30, 11:40am-1:00pm Session 5: How to Give Students Feedback That Results in Improvement and Doesn’t Overwork You
  • Wednesday, April 13, 11:40am-1:00pm Session 6: Using what you’ve learned: Planning for your fall course

All interested CEC faculty should contact Director Elizabeth Wardle

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