The Department of Food and Nutrition is currently at work
with the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) program to develop a customized writing plan (CPW) for majors in their department tracks.
plan will demonstrate how writing is currently taught in Food and Nutrition courses,
address gaps, and ensure that students get practice writing throughout their
curriculum in order to meet writing challenges in advanced courses and in their
CPWs are designed to make visible how writing is situated
throughout a curriculum, and can assist faculty in any department to create a
more meaningful relationship between the content they teach and the writing
“We are committed to ensuring that graduates from our
have all of the skills to be leaders in their careers; being
able to write well is a key component of their current and future
success. We want our students to feel confident that they can
approach writing tasks with confidence now and in the future,” said Rita Johnson, chair of the
Department of Food and Nutrition.
WAC director Bryna Siegel Finer explained, “All
departments should want to develop a CWP. It makes faculty aware of
the sorts of writing tasks that are assigned in the courses taught by their
colleagues, so they know if their assignments are scaffolded. It
helps with assessment, it looks great for accreditation and five-year
department reviews, and most of all, it demonstrates an important commitment to
As the first department to develop a plan through WAC, Food
and Nutrition is serving as a model for the rest of IUP in its commitment to
improving students’ communication skills and increasing their potential for
For more information on writing plans or Writing Across the Curriculum, contact Bryna Siegel Finer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on Food and Nutrition, contact Rita Johnson at email@example.com.