Call for Applications: The WAC Outstanding Writing Instruction Award

The 2020 WAC Outstanding Writing Instruction Award 
Applications due Friday, February 28th 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 2020 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, February 28th at 5 p.m.

Are you eligible to apply?

  • Applicants must be a graduate student during the 2019-2020 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, select one course you are teaching or have taught at OSU as a GTA to focus on, and submit (in .doc, .docx or .pdf format * ) the following to

  1. A one-to-two page cover letter (single-spaced, 12pt font) that explains how you use writing to teach in meaningful ways that reflect both your teaching philosophy and a responsiveness to students’ challenges in the course you’ve selected
  2. One (of the following) sample assignment, activity, or lesson plan that shows how you have used writing to address a student challenge in that course. (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.) If you have questions about what to submit here, please contact Chris Manion (
  3. The syllabus from the course you selected.

* 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
  • Connect writing to the overall learning goals in the course
  • Provide evidence demonstrating how the instructor uses writing to respond to students’ challenges 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 late-March.

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 26th.

Best of luck!


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