Summer Seminar for the Teaching of Writing

The Summer Seminar for the Teaching of Writing (SSTW) is dedicated to improving student learning by helping faculty members from across all disciplines become better teachers of academic writing. Even though writing is something that all of us assign and grade, we rarely have the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue about how to teach writing to undergraduate and graduate students. The SSTW provides faculty with just that opportunity.

Testimonials from RIC Faculty:

Dr. Deborah Britt
Assistant Professor, Biology

Dr. Michael Parsons
Assistant Professor, Communication

Dr. Vincent Bohlinger
Associate Professor, English and Film Studies


Phase I: Foundations of Writing Pedagogy (May 15-19, 2017, 1-5pm)

During this week, participants will:

  • learn "best practices" for teaching and facilitating writing instruction;
  • examine connections between learning and writing;
  • design/revise writing assignments and establish criteria for evaluating student writing;
  • engage with colleagues to form a community of practice around teaching and learning

Applicants should know that there will be daily outside-of-class reading and written work during the seminar.

Phase II: Turning Theory into Practice (Fall 2017)

During the fall semester, participants will:

  • meet two times (October and December, exact dates TBA) to discuss progress and reflect with colleagues on issues of implementation of writing pedagogy.
  • meet one time in one-to-one conference with SSTW facilitator to discuss progress.

Phase III: Reflection and Dissemination (Spring 2018)

To conclude their engagement with the seminar, participants will:

  1. Write a report reflecting on their efforts to implement effective writing pedagogy in their courses and on the impact of the SSTW on their professional development.
  2. Participate in an FCTL-sponsored panel presentation during the spring semester (date TBA).

Professional Development Allowance:

The Professional Development Allowance for participation in the year-long seminar is $700.

How Do You Apply?

Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. The funding for this project allows for 10 full-time faculty members per year. You will be informed by early May about your participation in the program.

To apply, please click here to fill out an online application.

Deadline: May 1, 2017.


Mike Michaud,
Mike teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in writing here at RIC. He is the Chair of the campus Writing Board and has led many workshops around campus on writing instruction.

Page last updated: Jan. 11, 2017