The WAC Outstanding Writing Instruction Award


Applications due Friday, March 19th, 2021 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? Or, have you used writing in your courses to overcome the unique challenges of this past year? Consider applying for the 2021 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 19th at 5 p.m.

Are you eligible to apply?

  • Applicants must be a graduate student during the 2020-2021 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 or need 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 Dr. 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:

  • Demonstrate how the instructor connects writing to their wider teaching philosophy
  • Connect writing to the overall learning goals and course objectives
  • Provide evidence demonstrating how the instructor uses writing to respond to students’ challenges or needs 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 early 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 Friday, March 12th.

Best of luck! 

The WAC Team