Siegel Finer Receives Senate Research Grant for Writing Across the Curriculum

Posted on 4/15/2013 2:45:20 PM

Bryna Siegel Finer of the English Department has received a grant for $900 from the University Senate Research Committee. The grant will enable her to have interviews with faculty transcribed as part of a three-phase study of the state of writing at the university.

The Writing Across the Curriculum initiative is in its beginning stages of development. In Fall 2012, the English Department and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences committed to creating a universitywide initiative with four main goals:

  • Provide faculty development for those teaching writing-intensive courses, including workshops and training for those interested in proposing writing-intensive courses, and support for all faculty across the university in implementing writing assignments into their courses
  • Provide support and consultation to the Liberal Studies Committee as needed in revising writing-intensive course requirements
  • Create a research agenda for studying and understanding the effectiveness of how writing is taught and learned in the university curriculum
  • Foster a community of writers through various media (such as contests, readings, workshops, newsletters, etc.) and relationships (with the Writing Center, the IUP Libraries, and various departments across campus)

For more information about WAC at IUP, please contact Siegel Finer at

Department of English