The Writing Associates Program is a Writing Across the Curriculum initiative that partners an instructor of a writing-intensive course with an undergraduate writing tutor (the WAs).
These partnerships offer an opportunity for curricular development, as the WAs work with the instructor over the course of the whole semester. Because the WAs are trained in writing pedagogy and peer tutoring, they represent a dynamic resource for writing instructors teaching at any level of the curriculum.
Our goal with this program is to deploy WAs who can help instructors answer questions about their teaching, course design, assignments and rubrics, or other issues. The most successful partnerships involve regular meetings with the WAs where instructors may “check in” on the course or may draw on the WA’s experience to design more effective lesson plans or course components.
In addition to curricular or pedagogical development, the WAs can also facilitate with some writing instructional tasks. For example, instructors may require students to meet with the WA a few times in a semester for brainstorming, comments on drafts, or help responding to instructor feedback. WAs may attend some class sessions and facilitate discussion, or may lead peer review workshops.
What instructors work well with the WA program?
Teachers in any discipline – The WA program has successfully worked with instructors in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. We welcome instructors from any department, and any background in writing pedagogy.
Self-reflexive teachers – The WA program provides an opportunity for research and reflection for instructors interested in considering current personal practices in teaching writing.
Teachers who value student writing as a means of learning – Your particular course may have disciplinary-specific goals and the WA program is happy to work within them to develop students as writers.
We assign partners each semester, depending on scheduling availability and the number of undergraduate tutors available (generally around 6).
If you are interested…
If you are interested in a WA partnership, email Chris Manion with questions or to set up a preliminary meeting. If we are not able to partner you with a WA this semester, we encourage you to check out our other WAC events and resources.