ANNUAL REPORT OF THE UNIVERSITY WRITING COMMITTEE AY 2008
Sen. Doc. No. 10-013 ANNUAL REPORT OF THE UNIVERSITY WRITING COMMITTEE AY 2008 – 2009 Presented at the th 690 Regular Meeting of the Faculty Senate December 15, 2009 COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP Stephen Olbrys Gencarella, Chair (Fall) Elizabeth Porto, Chair (Spring) Emily Alling Steven Brewer Ryan Brundage Genevieve Chandler, ex officio Amber Engelson David Fleming, ex officio Ingrid Holm Judith Holmes Elizabeth Jakob Ernest May, ex officio Matt Ouellett, ex officio Sen. Doc. No. 10-013 The University Writing Committee (UWC), in the 2008-2009 academic year, focused primarily on wrapping up the Junior Year Writing Program Review and promoting recommendations of the JYWP Review. No new members joined the committee this year. The following returning committee members continued to serve on the UWC: Emily Alling, Steven Brewer, Amber Engelson (graduate student representative), Stephen Gencarella, Ingrid Holm, Judith Holmes, Matt Ouellett, and Elizabeth Porto. David Fleming, Director of the Writing Program, and Genevieve Chandler, Coordinator of the Junior Year Writing Program, served ex officio. Since Genevieve Chandler’s term as JYWP coordinator was finished in mid-year, Stephen Gencarella took on the position in January 2009. The committee held eight meetings. In the fall semester, the main business of the UWC was finishing the final draft of the Junior Year Writing Program Review and consideration of what to do about problems raised by the report. The committee’s two main projects for the year were a fall social on 20 November at the University Club and a spring workshop on 3 April on teaching multilingual writers. We had dual purposes in these outreach events: Community-building. We wished to continue sustaining the community among junior-year writing instructors generated by the summit in the spring Providing and sharing resources. We wished to provide various resources to junior-year writing instructors across campus and to remind the junior-year writing instructors across campus of the UWC as a resource A lot of planning (both pedagogical and logistical) went into both events, and each was attended by thirty – forty JYW representatives and instructors. In addition, the committee discussed at length the role of information literacy in the JYW classroom, hosted a presentation to the committee from members of the library on the subject, started a sub- committee to address the writing needs of veterans on campus, and made plans for a workshop on technology and writing to be held in Fall 2009. Several members of the committee participated in the annual Celebration of Writing, held in May, 2009, with three of the UWC members judging the winners of the best-text competitions in three categories (best essay, best professional and technical text, and best multi-media text). The UWC’s primary charge for the next academic year is to prepare for the Freshman Writing Program Review in 2010-2011. Amber Engelson and Elizabeth Jakob will have completed their service on the committee and Emily Alling has left the University, so the UWC will have the following new members: Heidi Bauer-Clapp (graduate student representative), Madeleine Charney (Library), Holly Lawrence (ISOM), Rand Nashi (undergraduate representative), and Sigrid Schmalzer (History).