Teaching Writing in the Disciplines

This course is a hands-on workshop for Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) teaching and grading Upper-Level Writing Requirement (ULWR) courses that undergraduate students use to satisfy the Upper-Level Writing Requirement. A condition of all GSI appointments in Upper-Level Writing Requirement courses is the satisfactory completion of WRITING 993: Teaching Writing in the Disciplines. If you have not previously completed WRITING 993, you must attend WRITING 993 during the term in which you teach the ULWR course. (Please note: WRITING 993 was previously taught as SWC 993; thus, SWC 993 fulfills this requirement.)

This one-credit course provides graduate students an opportunity to reflect on the practice of teaching and to develop effective pedagogical skills needed to GSI a course in which writing plays a key role. In addition to face-to-face meetings, the class also uses a course site for online course modules and discussion. Before the first one-hour course session, please complete Module 1: The ULWR and Defining “Good Writing.” During our first meeting, held during the first week of class, we will address the ULWR and disciplinary writing conventions. Five subsequent course meetings, spaced throughout the semester, will address linguistic diversity in student writing, dealing with issues of academic honesty, and guiding students through the writing process, from topic generation to revision. The course instructor will also schedule one-to-one or small-group meetings during the semester to address individual GSI questions and concerns about teaching writing in a ULWR course.

Two sections of this course are offered every fall and winter term on Tuesday from 4-6pm and Wednesday 9-11am. Sessions begin the first week of classes.