University of Vermont


Writing Across the Curriculum

The Portfolio

Over the course of four semesters, Field Naturalists and Ecological Planners produce a spectrum of writing that serves them in the field, in the classroom, in their own academic reflections, and in their professions. We call it The Portfolio. Its 12 elements include:

  • Journaling/Field Journaling
  • Free Writing/Critical Reflection
  • Grant/Fellowship Writing
  • Site Reviews
  • Project Proposals
  • Professional Reports/Project Deliverables
  • Technical/Scientific Paper Authorship
  • Web Content/Blogging/New Media
  • Newsletter Writing, Editing and Production
  • News Releases and Media Campaigns
  • Persuasive Writing
  • Popular Non-Fiction: Journalism, Features and Essays

No natural resources professional succeeds without the force of the written word. Among conservations, biologists and environmentalists, writing is a tool no less essential than a map or hand lens or a great idea. Geology, botany, sociology, economics and other disciplines have their rightful place and distinct applications in the environmental professions; writing, however, is universal in the life and career of most anyone working in or around natural and human communities.

In our program, we write site asessments and academic relfections, professional reports and news releases, blog posts and web sites. We write about black bears and black flies, about people and places. We write to educate, entertain, motivate or inspire.

Mostly, we write to succeed.

Although we emphasize writing across our course work, a focal point of the writing program is Professional Writing (PBIO/NR 333).

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