2018-19 News

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Roger and Joyce Howe Named Philanthropists of the Year

May 9, 2019 | Howe Center for Writing Excellence

Roger and Joyce Howe, founders of the Howe Center for Writing Excellence, after receiving the Philanthropists of the Year Award.

Roger and Joyce Howe received Miami University's 2019 Philanthropists of the Year Award at the annual Advancement Awards ceremony on May 3 at Shriver Center. According to Tom Herbert, Senior Vice President for Advancement and President of the Miami University Foundation, "the Philanthropist of the Year award is the highest philanthropy recognition a Miamian can receive. Those who receive this award go above and beyond in advancing Miami as a force for good in the world – past, present and future." 

Since 1996, the Howes have committed over $15 million to create the Howe Center for Business Writing (formerly the Howe Writing Initiative) and the Roger and Joyce Howe Center for Writing Excellence, including a recent $3 million gift to coordinate writing support across the entire campus. The Howes believe nothing in education is more important for students' future careers than developing as clear and persuasive writers.

Roger and Joyce Howe receiving their Philanthropists of the Year Award, an engraved cut glass bowl.

The Howes' vision and tremendous support over the years has resulted in national recognition for the Howe Center for Writing Excellence's Writing Center and Writing Across the Curriculum program. We congratulate Mr. and Mrs. Howe on this well-deserved award and, once again, express our sincere appreciation for their commitment to advancing writing as a signature experience of a Miami education.

Read about the Philanthropists Award and the full text of Tom Herbert's remarks and Roger Howe's acceptance response at the ceremony. You can also read more about the Howes on the Alumni Association website.


11 HWC Consultants Honored with Multiple Awards and Publications!

May 9, 2019 | Howe Writing Center

As we began to near graduation 2019, an impressive number of our wonderful HWC consultants began racking up awards and honors. Here are some:

Ellen Stenstrom received the President's Distinguished Service Award. You can read more about it here.

Evelynne La and Selena Pickett published their co-authored article in Critical Studies on Terrorism, entitled "Framing Boko Haram’s female suicide bombers in mass media: an analysis of news articles post Chibok abduction." You can read that here

Quinn Karrenbauer was accepted into the Undergraduate Summer Scholars program.

Leah Gaus received a summer marketing internship at the literary journal Ploughshares.

Graduate consultant Hua Zhu received a College of Arts and Science Graduate Student Teaching Award, and was also awarded a Scholars for the Dream Travel Award, 2019, from the Conference on College Composition and Communication.

In the English Department more specifically, 

  • Mikel Prater won a Craver-Overton Scholarship.
  • Quinn Karrenbauer won a Robert R. Kettler Memorial Scholarship.
  • Mikel Prater & Leah Gaus each won a Carl R. Greer/ Andrew D. Hepburn Awards in English.
  • Phoebe Myers & Aislyn Gilbert each won a Walter Havighurst Prize.
  • Phoebe Myers won a Senior Prize for Creative Work.
  • Ellen Stenstrom won a Senior Prize for Public or Non-Academic Audience.
  • Anna Jankovsky won a Senior Prize for Critical Essay.
  • Graduate consultants Hua Zhu and Megan Schoettler were awarded the English Department's Outstanding Teacher Award.
  • Hua Zhu also received an English Fellowship for the academic year 19-20, for her dissertation research.

Please join us in congratulating them on their amazing accomplishments!


HWC Consultants Present at the Undergraduate Research Forum on Writing Center Research-Based Practices

April 24, 2019 | Howe Writing Center

Three undergraduate consultants.

HWC Consultants Lauren Miles, Phoebe Cheney, and August Hagemann after their 2019 panel at Miami University's Undergraduate Research Forum.

Lauren Miles, Phoebe Cheney, and August Hegemann recently presented on the ways everyday research shapes consultants' lives and writing center practices. Lauren spoke about strategies she has developed for allying herself with writers' individual experiences and writing identities. Phoebe discussed the specific consulting skills that she argued will transfer well to her professional future. August reported on what he has learned about the different processes writers use for varied purposes and disciplinary expectations.


 

We've been busy at the HCWE this semester!

Thanks for being a part of it! In this inaugural issue of the HCWE Newsletter, you can learn more about what we've been up to and how to join us for events in the spring.

Some of the highlights include:

  • We launched the new English Language Learner Writing Center
  • We welcomed new staff! Meet Lora Bobrova and Lizzie Hutton
  • Consultants attended the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing
  • We began a Writing for Social Change workshop series
  • Faculty shared Advanced Writing course designs at the Effective Practices Lunch Series
  • We hosted our first High-Impact Happy Hour
  • A new cohort of Howe Faculty Writing Fellows graduated
  • Faculty learned about assignment sequencing in our workshop series
  • Faculty writing groups met at Cru to kick off the semester
  • Faculty and graduate students attended writing retreats
  • Graduate students supported each other in Dissertation Writing Groups

We look forward to seeing you at our Spring 2019 events!


Introducing the English Language Learner Writing Center

The long-anticipated English Language Learner Writing Center (ELLWC) opened its doors to students on September 6, offering 65 hours of writing consultations per week in three locations: BEST Library, Peabody Hall, and the Farmer School of Business. In the planning stage for over a year, the ELLWC provides one-on-one consulting to Miami student writers whose first language is not English. The ELLWC, a specialist writing center, has highly-trained undergraduate consultants who help multilingual writers understand and practice multiple proofreading, self-editing, and polishing strategies, as well as improve their English language skills.

Please make use of the Center’s many resources and services: 

  • Encourage your students to make appointments with the ELLWC’s supportive consultants who will help them address their writing challenges.

  • Visit the ELLWC’s website for more information and to browse their resources for both students (grammar tutorials) and faculty (informational videos and articles about supporting international students’ success in US academia).

  • Read the attached Faculty and Student brochures.

  • Join the ELLWCFriends listserv to receive updates regarding faculty workshops and other news

Meet the New ELLWC Coordinator

Dr. Larysa (Lora) Bobrova, the English Language Learner Writing Center (ELLWC) Coordinator, aims to support multilingual student writers and empower faculty to teach multilingual students in productive ways. Lora received her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from Pennsylvania State University, specializing in cognitive semantics and second language acquisition, and she previously taught courses in Miami’s English as a Second Language Composition program.

Lora’s teaching and scholarly interests lie in second language writing pedagogy and teacher education. Inspired by the challenges of multilingual writers, Lora has written two articles addressing wrong word choices, a notoriously problematic issue for language learners and their instructors. The first article, published in Journal of Applied Linguistics and English Literature (JALEL), discusses pedagogical strategies for responding to ESL writers’ wording. Forthcoming next academic year in the edited collection Applied Cultural Linguistics, another article focuses on typical erroneous word-combinations ESL students from China use when they write in English.

While the main mission of the ELLWC is to support student multilingual writers, Lora is excited to also work with faculty to educate them about English language acquisition and make their teaching of international students both productive and enjoyable. To that end, she offers workshops each semester to the full university community and is available to present at department meetings or consult individually with faculty.

Please browse the ELLWC website for more information, or you can contact Lora via email (bobrovl@miamioh.edu).


Undergraduate Consultants Attend National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing

One of our guiding principles at the Howe Writing Center is that “all writers have more to learn”—including ourselves! As a community of writing consultants, we are also a community of literacy researchers, exploring the many ways that reading and writing enact learning, both in our center and across campus.

Our primary work at the HWC is to support Miami writers through in-person and online one-to-one consultations. Each spring we recruit a new set of undergraduate students for English 481, a three-credit course that we offer each fall to train students for their future work as paid HWC consultants. 

But these consultants’ professional development is further enhanced by their continuing engagements with writing center research. This October, four of our consultants were accepted to speak at the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing (NCPTW) in South Padre Island, Texas. Accompanied by our office manager, Kate Francis, undergraduates Anna Jankovsky, Marc Papa, Kyle Smith, and Kevin Vestal (pictured below) presented on the uses of video recordings to encourage reflection and improved consulting practices. Their findings show that watching video recordings of one’s own consultations encourages far more subtle self-analyses than retrospection alone. These findings will also inform our new policies on the uses of video recordings for mentor observations and feedback.

As our consultants learn, we as a writing center also evolve. We are excited to see what other changes may be inspired by next year’s class of consultants-in-training! 


HCWE Welcomes New Howe Writing Center Director

In July 2018, Dr. Lizzie Hutton joined the HCWE in the new position of Howe Writing Center Director with a joint appointment in the English department as Assistant Professor. Lizzie received her PhD from the University of Michigan’s Joint Program in English and Education, and her MFA from the University of Michigan’s Program in Creative Writing (poetry). Her interest in writing center work developed through her long-time positions as both faculty and research assistant at the University of Michigan’s Sweetland Center for Writing. Lizzie is thrilled to have been so warmly welcomed into her new community of Miami writers and students.

Lizzie’s work and scholarship investigates college students’ diverse reading and writing practices, their transfer of literacy knowledge across tasks and contexts, and the most effective means for enabling peer support and critically engaged knowledge-building. This academic year, she has an article on grammar pedagogy forthcoming in The Journal of English Linguistics, as well as a chapter on college students’ understanding of genre in the edited collection Developing Writers.

As Director of the Howe Writing Center, Lizzie trains and mentors writing consultants and oversees writing center programming and research, work that both supports student writers across campus and provides the center's writing consultants with valuable professional development opportunities. The specially-trained consultants at the HWC not only offer one-to-one, online, and in-person consultations, they also serve as Writing Associates for faculty, provide a variety of outreach services to Miami classes, and conduct writing center research. Each semester, the HWC trains a new cohort of graduate consultants and, each Spring, recruits a new class of undergraduates. For either of these positions, we welcome your nominations!

For more information about the Howe Writing Center resources and services we can provide for you and your students, or the consultant recruitment process, please browse our website or contact Lizzie via email (huttoneb@miamioh.edu).


Writing for Social Action Workshop Series

The HCWE in partnership with The Western Program is sponsoring a workshop series on Writing for Social Action. The fall workshops included “Activist Mapping & Strategizing for Movement Building 101” facilitated by Michael Loadenthal, PhD, Visiting Professor of Sociology and Social Justice; “From Personal Experience to Political Art” facilitated by Daisy Hernandez, MFA, Assistant Professor in English; and "Create Dangerously: Mobilizing Poetry as Disruptive Praxis" facilitated by Wilson Okello, PhD, Instructor in Global and Intercultural Studies.

Look for more information soon on the Spring 2019 part of the workshop series, which will include more workshops on supporting social action.


Effective Practices Lunch Series

To create conversation and community among faculty who teach GMP Advanced Writing courses and CAS-Writing courses, the HCWE hosted two Effective Practices Lunches, where faculty who teach Advanced Writing were invited to share best practices about their course designs. Presenters included Matthew Gordon, who presented on History 206: Introduction to Historical Inquiry; Naaborle Sackeyfio, who presented on ITS 202: Writing Policy Analysis; Sherrill Sellers, Karleah Harris, Jon Trauth, Anne Roma, and Katherine Kuvalanka, who presented on FSW 333: Writing For Helping Professions; and Erica Edwards, who presented on POL 221W: Modern World Governments. Lunch series participants viewed presentations and engaged in conversation surrounding effective practices for teaching writing intensive courses.

Four lunches are in the works for spring. Look for more information on the HWAC website.


Faculty Fellows Attend First High-Impact Happy Hour

Graduates of the HCWE Faculty Fellows Program attended our first High-Impact Happy Hour at Cru Gastro Lounge in October. Fellows discussed how they’ve continued the work started during the program and what new programming or support they would like to have from the HCWE. Fellows from ACE and ESL Composition, Anthropology, History, International Studies, Philosophy, Project Dragonfly, and Teacher Education attended, representing all five past HCWE Faculty Fellows Cohorts.


Congratulations to our New Howe Faculty Writing Fellows Graduates

In December 2018, teams from Biology, GRAMELAC, and Project Dragonfly completed the Howe Faculty Writing Fellows Program. With their graduation, they join a total of 71 faculty fellows across 19 departments who have completed the program.


Faculty Writing Groups Kick-off at Cru

Members of our Faculty Writing Groups attended a kick-off event at Cru Gastro Lounge in September. Faculty met their group members and set their intentions for the semester. Members of Faculty Writing Groups are reminded to stop by the HCWE to reflect on their progress and set goals for the spring!


Three-Part Assignment Sequencing Workshop

This fall we piloted a three-part faculty workshop series for the first time. We invited faculty to identify a course they wanted to design or revise and spend three days working on assignment design for that course. These workshops were led by Elizabeth Wardle and Ann Updike. The first week focused on identifying goals for the course and considering how writing of various kinds (low stakes, high stakes, writing to learn, writing to communicate, writing to be assessed, etc.) could help students achieve those goals. The second week helped faculty consider assignment options and designs that would help students achieve the desired learning goals. Finally, in the third week, faculty explored ways to use writing to help assess whether students had achieved the course goals. Participants designed assignments for courses in areas ranging from Business Writing to Political Science to Linguistics.  


Faculty & Graduate Student Writing Retreats

The HCWE offered two Saturday writing retreats this semester. Nearly forty faculty and graduate students attended each retreat, where they were provided breakfast and lunch in addition to a quiet space for working, powered throughout the day with coffee and tea.

Looking for other opportunities to write without home and office distractions?Faculty and graduate students are invited to our weekly drop-in writing hours Fridays from 8:30am until noon in the HCWE, King 133. The Howe Writing Center space is also available all day Saturday and Sunday morning for writers or groups who might like to meet and write together or individually. Also in King: The library’s newly refurbished Faculty Reading Room is just around the corner from us, available to faculty whenever King library is open. And the new Graduate Student Reading Roomis on the second floor. Check in at the circulation desk for access.


Dissertation Writing Groups

On September 21, the HCWE held a Dissertation Writing Group kickoff event for twelve PhD candidates (in three groups), who are in various stages of dissertation writing. Over lunch, the writing group members met each other and made plans for regular meetings and being accountable to and supportive of each other. The HCWE provided materials for discussing group goals and guidelines and ended the event with a discussion of productivity strategies and tools for getting that dissertation done.

With this latest cohort, thirty dissertators are now working together in five groups from eight departments: Biology; Chemistry; Ecology, Evolution & Environmental Biology; Educational Leadership; English; Gerontology; Interdisciplinary EDL; and Kinesiology and Health. Group members support each other by meeting regularly to discuss the status of their work and write together, set goals, offer encouragement, and provide feedback for those who request it. The HCWE maintains a Canvas site of resources and checks in throughout the semester.
 
Interested PhD candidates can sign up for Dissertation Writing Groups that begin in Fall 2019 on our website.

Spring 2019

Roger and Joyce Howe Named Philanthropists of the Year

May 9, 2019 | Howe Center for Writing Excellence

Roger and Joyce Howe, founders of the Howe Center for Writing Excellence, after receiving the Philanthropists of the Year Award.

Roger and Joyce Howe received Miami University's 2019 Philanthropists of the Year Award at the annual Advancement Awards ceremony on May 3 at Shriver Center. According to Tom Herbert, Senior Vice President for Advancement and President of the Miami University Foundation, "the Philanthropist of the Year award is the highest philanthropy recognition a Miamian can receive. Those who receive this award go above and beyond in advancing Miami as a force for good in the world – past, present and future." 

Since 1996, the Howes have committed over $15 million to create the Howe Center for Business Writing (formerly the Howe Writing Initiative) and the Roger and Joyce Howe Center for Writing Excellence, including a recent $3 million gift to coordinate writing support across the entire campus. The Howes believe nothing in education is more important for students' future careers than developing as clear and persuasive writers.

Roger and Joyce Howe receiving their Philanthropists of the Year Award, an engraved cut glass bowl.

The Howes' vision and tremendous support over the years has resulted in national recognition for the Howe Center for Writing Excellence's Writing Center and Writing Across the Curriculum program. We congratulate Mr. and Mrs. Howe on this well-deserved award and, once again, express our sincere appreciation for their commitment to advancing writing as a signature experience of a Miami education.

Read about the Philanthropists Award and the full text of Tom Herbert's remarks and Roger Howe's acceptance response at the ceremony. You can also read more about the Howes on the Alumni Association website.


11 HWC Consultants Honored with Multiple Awards and Publications!

May 9, 2019 | Howe Writing Center

As we began to near graduation 2019, an impressive number of our wonderful HWC consultants began racking up awards and honors. Here are some:

Ellen Stenstrom received the President's Distinguished Service Award. You can read more about it here.

Evelynne La and Selena Pickett published their co-authored article in Critical Studies on Terrorism, entitled "Framing Boko Haram’s female suicide bombers in mass media: an analysis of news articles post Chibok abduction." You can read that here

Quinn Karrenbauer was accepted into the Undergraduate Summer Scholars program.

Leah Gaus received a summer marketing internship at the literary journal Ploughshares.

Graduate consultant Hua Zhu received a College of Arts and Science Graduate Student Teaching Award, and was also awarded a Scholars for the Dream Travel Award, 2019, from the Conference on College Composition and Communication.

In the English Department more specifically, 

  • Mikel Prater won a Craver-Overton Scholarship.
  • Quinn Karrenbauer won a Robert R. Kettler Memorial Scholarship.
  • Mikel Prater & Leah Gaus each won a Carl R. Greer/ Andrew D. Hepburn Awards in English.
  • Phoebe Myers & Aislyn Gilbert each won a Walter Havighurst Prize.
  • Phoebe Myers won a Senior Prize for Creative Work.
  • Ellen Stenstrom won a Senior Prize for Public or Non-Academic Audience.
  • Anna Jankovsky won a Senior Prize for Critical Essay.
  • Graduate consultants Hua Zhu and Megan Schoettler were awarded the English Department's Outstanding Teacher Award.
  • Hua Zhu also received an English Fellowship for the academic year 19-20, for her dissertation research.

Please join us in congratulating them on their amazing accomplishments!


HWC Consultants Present at the Undergraduate Research Forum on Writing Center Research-Based Practices

April 24, 2019 | Howe Writing Center

Three undergraduate consultants.

HWC Consultants Lauren Miles, Phoebe Cheney, and August Hagemann after their 2019 panel at Miami University's Undergraduate Research Forum.

Lauren Miles, Phoebe Cheney, and August Hegemann recently presented on the ways everyday research shapes consultants' lives and writing center practices. Lauren spoke about strategies she has developed for allying herself with writers' individual experiences and writing identities. Phoebe discussed the specific consulting skills that she argued will transfer well to her professional future. August reported on what he has learned about the different processes writers use for varied purposes and disciplinary expectations.


 

Fall 2018

We've been busy at the HCWE this semester!

Thanks for being a part of it! In this inaugural issue of the HCWE Newsletter, you can learn more about what we've been up to and how to join us for events in the spring.

Some of the highlights include:

  • We launched the new English Language Learner Writing Center
  • We welcomed new staff! Meet Lora Bobrova and Lizzie Hutton
  • Consultants attended the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing
  • We began a Writing for Social Change workshop series
  • Faculty shared Advanced Writing course designs at the Effective Practices Lunch Series
  • We hosted our first High-Impact Happy Hour
  • A new cohort of Howe Faculty Writing Fellows graduated
  • Faculty learned about assignment sequencing in our workshop series
  • Faculty writing groups met at Cru to kick off the semester
  • Faculty and graduate students attended writing retreats
  • Graduate students supported each other in Dissertation Writing Groups

We look forward to seeing you at our Spring 2019 events!


Introducing the English Language Learner Writing Center

The long-anticipated English Language Learner Writing Center (ELLWC) opened its doors to students on September 6, offering 65 hours of writing consultations per week in three locations: BEST Library, Peabody Hall, and the Farmer School of Business. In the planning stage for over a year, the ELLWC provides one-on-one consulting to Miami student writers whose first language is not English. The ELLWC, a specialist writing center, has highly-trained undergraduate consultants who help multilingual writers understand and practice multiple proofreading, self-editing, and polishing strategies, as well as improve their English language skills.

Please make use of the Center’s many resources and services: 

  • Encourage your students to make appointments with the ELLWC’s supportive consultants who will help them address their writing challenges.

  • Visit the ELLWC’s website for more information and to browse their resources for both students (grammar tutorials) and faculty (informational videos and articles about supporting international students’ success in US academia).

  • Read the attached Faculty and Student brochures.

  • Join the ELLWCFriends listserv to receive updates regarding faculty workshops and other news

Meet the New ELLWC Coordinator

Dr. Larysa (Lora) Bobrova, the English Language Learner Writing Center (ELLWC) Coordinator, aims to support multilingual student writers and empower faculty to teach multilingual students in productive ways. Lora received her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from Pennsylvania State University, specializing in cognitive semantics and second language acquisition, and she previously taught courses in Miami’s English as a Second Language Composition program.

Lora’s teaching and scholarly interests lie in second language writing pedagogy and teacher education. Inspired by the challenges of multilingual writers, Lora has written two articles addressing wrong word choices, a notoriously problematic issue for language learners and their instructors. The first article, published in Journal of Applied Linguistics and English Literature (JALEL), discusses pedagogical strategies for responding to ESL writers’ wording. Forthcoming next academic year in the edited collection Applied Cultural Linguistics, another article focuses on typical erroneous word-combinations ESL students from China use when they write in English.

While the main mission of the ELLWC is to support student multilingual writers, Lora is excited to also work with faculty to educate them about English language acquisition and make their teaching of international students both productive and enjoyable. To that end, she offers workshops each semester to the full university community and is available to present at department meetings or consult individually with faculty.

Please browse the ELLWC website for more information, or you can contact Lora via email (bobrovl@miamioh.edu).


Undergraduate Consultants Attend National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing

One of our guiding principles at the Howe Writing Center is that “all writers have more to learn”—including ourselves! As a community of writing consultants, we are also a community of literacy researchers, exploring the many ways that reading and writing enact learning, both in our center and across campus.

Our primary work at the HWC is to support Miami writers through in-person and online one-to-one consultations. Each spring we recruit a new set of undergraduate students for English 481, a three-credit course that we offer each fall to train students for their future work as paid HWC consultants. 

But these consultants’ professional development is further enhanced by their continuing engagements with writing center research. This October, four of our consultants were accepted to speak at the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing (NCPTW) in South Padre Island, Texas. Accompanied by our office manager, Kate Francis, undergraduates Anna Jankovsky, Marc Papa, Kyle Smith, and Kevin Vestal (pictured below) presented on the uses of video recordings to encourage reflection and improved consulting practices. Their findings show that watching video recordings of one’s own consultations encourages far more subtle self-analyses than retrospection alone. These findings will also inform our new policies on the uses of video recordings for mentor observations and feedback.

As our consultants learn, we as a writing center also evolve. We are excited to see what other changes may be inspired by next year’s class of consultants-in-training! 


HCWE Welcomes New Howe Writing Center Director

In July 2018, Dr. Lizzie Hutton joined the HCWE in the new position of Howe Writing Center Director with a joint appointment in the English department as Assistant Professor. Lizzie received her PhD from the University of Michigan’s Joint Program in English and Education, and her MFA from the University of Michigan’s Program in Creative Writing (poetry). Her interest in writing center work developed through her long-time positions as both faculty and research assistant at the University of Michigan’s Sweetland Center for Writing. Lizzie is thrilled to have been so warmly welcomed into her new community of Miami writers and students.

Lizzie’s work and scholarship investigates college students’ diverse reading and writing practices, their transfer of literacy knowledge across tasks and contexts, and the most effective means for enabling peer support and critically engaged knowledge-building. This academic year, she has an article on grammar pedagogy forthcoming in The Journal of English Linguistics, as well as a chapter on college students’ understanding of genre in the edited collection Developing Writers.

As Director of the Howe Writing Center, Lizzie trains and mentors writing consultants and oversees writing center programming and research, work that both supports student writers across campus and provides the center's writing consultants with valuable professional development opportunities. The specially-trained consultants at the HWC not only offer one-to-one, online, and in-person consultations, they also serve as Writing Associates for faculty, provide a variety of outreach services to Miami classes, and conduct writing center research. Each semester, the HWC trains a new cohort of graduate consultants and, each Spring, recruits a new class of undergraduates. For either of these positions, we welcome your nominations!

For more information about the Howe Writing Center resources and services we can provide for you and your students, or the consultant recruitment process, please browse our website or contact Lizzie via email (huttoneb@miamioh.edu).


Writing for Social Action Workshop Series

The HCWE in partnership with The Western Program is sponsoring a workshop series on Writing for Social Action. The fall workshops included “Activist Mapping & Strategizing for Movement Building 101” facilitated by Michael Loadenthal, PhD, Visiting Professor of Sociology and Social Justice; “From Personal Experience to Political Art” facilitated by Daisy Hernandez, MFA, Assistant Professor in English; and "Create Dangerously: Mobilizing Poetry as Disruptive Praxis" facilitated by Wilson Okello, PhD, Instructor in Global and Intercultural Studies.

Look for more information soon on the Spring 2019 part of the workshop series, which will include more workshops on supporting social action.


Effective Practices Lunch Series

To create conversation and community among faculty who teach GMP Advanced Writing courses and CAS-Writing courses, the HCWE hosted two Effective Practices Lunches, where faculty who teach Advanced Writing were invited to share best practices about their course designs. Presenters included Matthew Gordon, who presented on History 206: Introduction to Historical Inquiry; Naaborle Sackeyfio, who presented on ITS 202: Writing Policy Analysis; Sherrill Sellers, Karleah Harris, Jon Trauth, Anne Roma, and Katherine Kuvalanka, who presented on FSW 333: Writing For Helping Professions; and Erica Edwards, who presented on POL 221W: Modern World Governments. Lunch series participants viewed presentations and engaged in conversation surrounding effective practices for teaching writing intensive courses.

Four lunches are in the works for spring. Look for more information on the HWAC website.


Faculty Fellows Attend First High-Impact Happy Hour

Graduates of the HCWE Faculty Fellows Program attended our first High-Impact Happy Hour at Cru Gastro Lounge in October. Fellows discussed how they’ve continued the work started during the program and what new programming or support they would like to have from the HCWE. Fellows from ACE and ESL Composition, Anthropology, History, International Studies, Philosophy, Project Dragonfly, and Teacher Education attended, representing all five past HCWE Faculty Fellows Cohorts.


Congratulations to our New Howe Faculty Writing Fellows Graduates

In December 2018, teams from Biology, GRAMELAC, and Project Dragonfly completed the Howe Faculty Writing Fellows Program. With their graduation, they join a total of 71 faculty fellows across 19 departments who have completed the program.


Faculty Writing Groups Kick-off at Cru

Members of our Faculty Writing Groups attended a kick-off event at Cru Gastro Lounge in September. Faculty met their group members and set their intentions for the semester. Members of Faculty Writing Groups are reminded to stop by the HCWE to reflect on their progress and set goals for the spring!


Three-Part Assignment Sequencing Workshop

This fall we piloted a three-part faculty workshop series for the first time. We invited faculty to identify a course they wanted to design or revise and spend three days working on assignment design for that course. These workshops were led by Elizabeth Wardle and Ann Updike. The first week focused on identifying goals for the course and considering how writing of various kinds (low stakes, high stakes, writing to learn, writing to communicate, writing to be assessed, etc.) could help students achieve those goals. The second week helped faculty consider assignment options and designs that would help students achieve the desired learning goals. Finally, in the third week, faculty explored ways to use writing to help assess whether students had achieved the course goals. Participants designed assignments for courses in areas ranging from Business Writing to Political Science to Linguistics.  


Faculty & Graduate Student Writing Retreats

The HCWE offered two Saturday writing retreats this semester. Nearly forty faculty and graduate students attended each retreat, where they were provided breakfast and lunch in addition to a quiet space for working, powered throughout the day with coffee and tea.

Looking for other opportunities to write without home and office distractions?Faculty and graduate students are invited to our weekly drop-in writing hours Fridays from 8:30am until noon in the HCWE, King 133. The Howe Writing Center space is also available all day Saturday and Sunday morning for writers or groups who might like to meet and write together or individually. Also in King: The library’s newly refurbished Faculty Reading Room is just around the corner from us, available to faculty whenever King library is open. And the new Graduate Student Reading Roomis on the second floor. Check in at the circulation desk for access.


Dissertation Writing Groups

On September 21, the HCWE held a Dissertation Writing Group kickoff event for twelve PhD candidates (in three groups), who are in various stages of dissertation writing. Over lunch, the writing group members met each other and made plans for regular meetings and being accountable to and supportive of each other. The HCWE provided materials for discussing group goals and guidelines and ended the event with a discussion of productivity strategies and tools for getting that dissertation done.

With this latest cohort, thirty dissertators are now working together in five groups from eight departments: Biology; Chemistry; Ecology, Evolution & Environmental Biology; Educational Leadership; English; Gerontology; Interdisciplinary EDL; and Kinesiology and Health. Group members support each other by meeting regularly to discuss the status of their work and write together, set goals, offer encouragement, and provide feedback for those who request it. The HCWE maintains a Canvas site of resources and checks in throughout the semester.
 
Interested PhD candidates can sign up for Dissertation Writing Groups that begin in Fall 2019 on our website.