Writing Program

Writing Across the Curriculum Committee

The WAC committee is a rotating committee, charged with overseeing the writing-enhanced (WE) requirements in the Core Curriculum. This committee works wih faculty interested in teaching WE courses; reviews WE syllabi to determine compliance with WE course requirements; assesses effectiveness of WE courses and assists with other events and workshops relating to writing across the curriculum. 

The Committee consists of an elected representative from various disciplines and always includes the Director of the Writing Program. Other faculty may be consulted to help with the work of this commitee based on their expertise or interest. Please contact rachael.zeleny@alvernia.edu if you are interested in serving on this committee.

May 15th: Syllabi and proposal forms collected and reviewed for Fall semester

Oct 15th: Syllabi and proposal forms due for spring semester

Current Members:

Rachael Zeleny, Ph.D., Writing Program Director and Assistant Professor of Communications

Donna Yarri, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theology

Mary Ann Durant, MSN, RN, M.Ed., Instructor of Nursing

Mark Kaufman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English

Upcoming Workshops

Intelligent Design: Making Informal Assignments and Rubrics Work For You.

February 25th, 5-7:30, Cedar Hill. This workshop is now full.

Special Guest: Dr. Christian Weisser from Penn State Berks

This workshop invites Dr. Weisser, our WE faculty, and our Writing Mentors to a hands-on workshop that will focus on how to incorporate low-stakes writing assignments and efficient rubrics into your daily pedagogy.

Past Writing Across the Curriculum Workshops

Fall 2014

Rome Wasn't Built in a Day: The Importance of Scaffolding Student Learning

This workshop provided faculty with an overview of a Writing Across the Curriculum philosophy. Faculty were introduced to some of key facets of WAC philosophy, including best practices for Writing Intensive courses.

Winter 2015

Writing to Learn and Learning to Write

This workshop identified the differences between writing to learn and learning to write assignment. This two-part workshop first asked departments to collaborate on the methods they used within their department and then faculty were asked to share writing ideas with those from other disciplines..

Spring 2015

1-2 pm: What can we do for you?

During this session, we will introduce you to some of the specialists on campus and discuss other resources that are available for all faculty.

2-3pm: Implementing Peer Review

This workshop assists instructors in designing activities that will make students more autonomous in the writing process.

 3-4pm: So you are teaching a Writing Enhanced course...

This workshop reviews the Writing Enhanced guidelines and provides information about support on campus. If you'd like, bring your syllabus so we can answer questions directly pertaining to your course.

Winter 2015

We, The Mentors: The Importance of Student Perspective when Designing Formal Writing Assignments

This workshop invites our Writing Mentors and our WE faculty to McGlinn conference center for an overview of best practices for desiging formal writing assignments and a collegial exchange of writing prompts and assessment tools. 

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