University of Vermont

Office of the President

The Writing in the Disciplines Program Faculty Resources

Meeting Dates Planned

Mini-Institute on Grading and Responding

Apply by September 12, 2012

The Mini-Institute helps faculty grade and assess student writing more efficiently and effectively. Receive a copy of Barbara Walvoord’s Effective Grading and take advantage of an opportunity to talk about teaching and writing with other faculty. The group will meet 3-4 times at a mutually agreeable time over breakfast or lunch.

In order to request an application, send email to

Teaching First-Year Students: A Faculty Resource Group

Apply by September 12, 2012

Whether you are new to teaching first-year students or have years of experience, we invite you to share your ideas, strategies, and concerns with other faculty teaching courses with high first-year student enrollment. Participants will:

  • Meet three times in the fall and once in spring (meetings will be arranged at participants’ convenience)
  • Receive a copy of a book on teaching first-year college students
  • Enjoy an opportunity to discuss teaching and writing with other faculty over breakfast or lunch.

This group is co-sponsored with the Center for Teaching and Learning.

If interested, request an application by emailing

"My Word: Plagiarism and College Culture" A Book Group

Meets September 27th, October 25th, and November 8th at 8:30am

Participants will receive a copy of the book and engage in an interesting dialogue about this anthropological study of plagiarism and college culture. Join us three mornings for breakfast and conversation.


"Getting Better Writing from Our Students: Reconsidering Traditional Assignment Design" with Dr. Paul Hanstedt, Roanoke College

September 27th, 4 pm – 5:30 pm

How can faculty teaching first-year seminars integrate substantial writing in ways that support key course goals? This workshop explores alternatives to traditional academic assignments, finding ways to construct writing projects that meet our course goals and potentially lead students to greater learning about both writing and our disciplines. Participants will have the opportunity to work on their own courses and develop and receive feedback on assignments that meet the needs of their particular student populations.

Paul Hanstedt, Professor of English at Roanoke College, is author of General Education Essentials: A Guide for Faculty. As director of Roanoke College's General Education Program, Professor Hanstedt led a faculty initiative to overhaul the first-year curriculum to emphasize writing, quantitative reasoning, and oral communications. More recently he spent a Fulbright year in Hong Kong, working with universities developing and implementing a four-year curriculum including General Education.

Sponsored by the First-Year Writing Program Pilot Project and the Department of English Buckham Fund

Location: Waterman 427A

To register email