In recent months, the departments of Biology, English, Foreign
Languages, Journalism and Public Relations, Sociology, and Philosophy each completed
their writing plans in consultation with the Writing Across the Curriculum
program; those plans have been published on the WAC website and will be
approved through University Senate in May 2019. The completion of the Biology writing
plan marks the first completed plan for the College of Natural Sciences and
Mathematics. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences now has seven
departments with competed plans.
David Janetski, Biology, worked with the WAC program to develop their
writing plan, which includes an ePortfolio assessment. Students begin compiling
an e-portfolio early in their major and contribute writing to it from various
courses across the major throughout their time at IUP. ePortfolios are a best
practice in writing pedagogy, writing assessment, and other areas of higher
education. These portfolios will be useful for students in college and beyond.
Other department/WAC liaisons include Chauna Craig (English), Valerie Gunter and Beth Mabry (Sociology), Marveta Ryan-Sams (Foreign
Languages), Hans Pedersen (Philosophy), and Laurie Miller (Journalism
and Public Relations).
CWPs 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 they assign. They
also help departments and programs define the writing skills and abilities with
which students should graduate—the writing skills and abilities students will
need for their first jobs in their discipline.
Eleven other departments/programs in four colleges are working on plans. For
a full list of departments who have developed or are working on developing CWPs, or for information on how to develop a CWP
for your own department or program,
visit the Writing Across the Curriculum website or contact
Bryna Siegel Finer at firstname.lastname@example.org.