Howe Writing Across the Curriculum (HWAC) workshops can help you better use writing in your courses to teach content and disciplinary values. All faculty and graduate teaching assistants are welcome.

Some of our workshops follow a traditional format of brief presentations with hands-on activities. Others follow a roundtable format on a particular topic with your peers leading the discussion. Whatever workshop you sign up for, you can expect a relaxed atmosphere where you'll have ample opportunity to ask questions and share ideas with our staff and cross-disciplinary colleagues.

Spring 2022 workshops will use a hybrid format. A maximum of 10 people may join us in-person at the Howe Center for Writing Excellence (HCWE) in King Library Room 133. Other attendees can join a simulcast Zoom. You can designate your choice for attending when you sign up. Please note that our plans for in-person attendance may change depending on the health and safety outlook.

Scaffolding and Citation as Conversational Inquiry

With Drs. Jennifer Kinney and Kate de Medeiros, Gerontology

This interactive workshop with two HCWE Faculty Writing Fellows from gerontology will explore how to situate research-based projects as scholarly conversations. Jennifer Kinney and Kate de Medeiros will share two innovative assignments they have designed (theory project and reverse genealogy assignment) to help students think about citation as conversation and where ideas in a scholarly field come from and how they evolve.

  • When: Monday, February 7, 11:40AM – 1:00PM
  • Where: King Library Room 133 (The HCWE) and Zoom


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Re-Constructing Scholarly Conversations via Citation-Tracking

With Kris Lotier, Associate Professor of Writing Studies and Rhetoric, Hofstra University 

In this workshop, Kristopher Lotier of Hofstra University explores the argumentative possibilities and conceptual advances enabled by an under-utilized informational tool: the citation-tracker embedded within Google Scholar. Workshop participants will encounter some concrete examples of the tool’s use, apply it to their own research questions, and theorize what else the citation tracker might be employed to accomplish.  (Dr. Lotier’s new book, Postprocess Postmortem, utilizes this method). 

  • When: Friday, February 18, 11:40AM – 1:00PM
  • Where: King Library Room 133 (The HCWE) and Zoom


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Teaching Team Writing

With Drs. Jay Smart and Jennifer Quinn, Psychology

Do you teach team-based writing projects? Are you looking for ways to effectively assign, organize, facilitate, and assess team writing? HCWE Faculty Writing Fellows Jay Smart and Jennifer Quinn (along with their colleague Carrie Hall) had these same questions, and received a grant to explore them further. In this workshop, they will describe their innovative process of teaching team writing and focusing on the research process over the end product. They will also discuss the “state of the draft” rubric they use with students.

  • When: Monday, March 14, 11:40AM – 1:00PM
  • Where: King Library Room 133 (The HCWE) and Zoom 


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“Worked Examples”: Teaching With Examples to Encourage Problem-Exploring Dispositions in Students

With Rena Perez, Composition and Rhetoric

Faculty across disciplines often “work examples” to help students engage in the work of the class, but this method is rarely applied to teaching writing. How can faculty provide students with writing “problems” and work the writing problem with them in order to help them understand how rhetorical moves work? In this workshop participants will be asked to consider how to actively engage students in using examples in active ways.

  • When: Monday, March 28, 11:40AM – 1:00PM
  • Where: King Library Room 133 (The HCWE) and Zoom


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