Call for Applications: The WAC Outstanding Writing Instruction Award

The 2019 WAC Outstanding Writing Instruction Award  

Applications due Friday, March 1st at 5 p.m.

Are you a graduate student who uses writing in your teaching in a meaningful way to respond to students’ needs and promote their learning in your discipline? Consider applying for the 2019 Writing Across the Curriculum Outstanding Writing Instruction Award.

The award recipient will receive a $200 monetary award from the Writing Across the Curriculum Student Organization and public recognition as an outstanding instructor who uses writing to teach in meaningful ways to promote student learning. The application deadline is Friday, March 1st at 5 p.m.

Are you eligible to apply?

  • Applicants must be a graduate student during the 2018-2019 academic year

  • Applicants must also be a present or former instructor or teaching assistant in a course at OSU.

  • Those who have applied in the past but have not been awarded are eligible to apply.

  • Honorable mention recipients are eligible to apply again.

  • Past winners are ineligible to apply.

To apply, submit (in .doc, .docx or .pdf format * ) the following to

  1. A one-to-two page cover letter that explains how you use writing to teach in meaningful ways that reflect both your teaching philosophy and a responsiveness to students’ challenges in your course.

  2. A syllabus from the relevant course.

  3. A sample assignment/activity/lesson plan that shows how you have used writing to address a student challenge in the course.

  4. You may want to include a few explanatory notes in the sample to provide more clarity for the judges to understand the context of your submission materials and components.

* Please title your files with your last name and first name plus file names (example: BuckeyeBrutus_syllabus).

Your submission will be judged on how well the materials:

  • Explain how the instructor connects writing to their wider teaching philosophy

  • Demonstrate how the instructor uses writing to respond to students’ challenges in the course

  • Provide evidence of using writing to address a student challenge

  • Connect writing to the overall learning goals in the course

The WAC team will review applications and select finalists for interviews with the WAC team. We will select the winner and honorable mentions by mid-April.

Have questions about your application? We encourage you to contact the WAC program (via Dr. Chris Manion at to arrange an optional consultation before you submit your application materials. The last day for these consultations will be Wednesday, February 27th.

Best of luck!


The WAC Team at the Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing

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