Writing Across the Curriculum

Faculty in a Writing Across the Curriculum classroom

Teach, Write, Teach Writing

The Writing Across the Curriculum program provides support for faculty university-wide in implementing writing into their courses. The program aims to create and sustain a community of writers at IUP.

If you have questions about WAC, please contact Bryna Siegel Finer at brynasf@iup.edu.

In fall 2012, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Office of the Provost committed to creating a university-wide initiative with a multi-faceted agenda:

Faculty Development

  • Provide faculty development for those teaching writing-intensive courses, including workshops and training for those interested in proposing writing-intensive courses
  • Provide support for all faculty across the university in implementing writing assignments into their courses

Writing Plan Consultation

  • Assist departments in creating Department Writing Plans to shift their curriculums to WAC
  • Help departments develop plans for assessing writing in their majors
  • Provide support and consultation to the university-wide Liberal Studies Committee as needed in revising writing requirements

Research

  • Create a research agenda for studying and understanding the effectiveness of how writing is taught and learned in the university curriculum
  • Assist faculty in creating individual research projects on how writing is taught and learned in their own classrooms
  • Continually collect data from students and faculty on their perceptions of how writing is taught and learned at IUP

Bryna Finer teaching in a classroomWorkshops

  • Connect departments and/or colleges with consultants from professional settings or other universities who are experts in writing in specific fields and can come to IUP
  • Provide workshops, seminars, and opportunities to meet with faculty to provide resources on the teaching of writing

Community Development

  • Foster a community of writers through various modes and media (such as contests, readings, workshops, newsletters, etc.)
  • And through relationships (with the Writing Center, the IUP Libraries, and various departments across campus)

News

WAC Program to Offer Workshops This Fall

The IUP Writing Across the Curriculum Program will offer workshops for faculty this fall.

WAC Director Chosen as Editor of Rhetoric of Health and Medicine Journal

Bryna Siegel Finer, Writing Across the Curriculum director, was selected to be the managing assistant editor for the journal, liaising between the assistant editor staff and journal co-editors, creating original supplemental content for the journal, and reviewing article submissions.

WAC Director Interviewed on “Pedagogue” Podcast

Writing Across the Curriculum Director Bryna Siegel Finer was interviewed on the latest episode of the Pedagogue podcast. Siegel Finer talked about teaching basic writing, writing placement, and her book, Writing Program Architecture.

Celebrate National Day on Writing at IUP, Oct. 20

The IUP Writing Across the Curriculum program, Jones White Writing Center, Liberal Studies English program, and IUP-NCTE will host a celebration of the National Day on Writing on October 20, 2020, through all social media platforms. This year’s theme is #WhyIWrite and how writing is meaningful.  

WAC Faculty Workshop: Introduction to Writing to Learn

Join us Thursday, October 1, at 11:00 a.m. for “Introduction to Writing to Learn.” This workshop will show you how to implement quick, low-stakes writing into any classroom to help students improve their writing without increasing your workload.

Events