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Foundational Writing and Information Literacy takes a combined effort of teaching faculty, library faculty, and students working together in different classroom settings with different curricula. We share four common learning goals: rhetorical discernment, information literacy, critical reading, and substantive revision. Below are some of the people of FWIL, those who make the learning possible and the work meaningful.

Libby Miles, Director

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Libby Miles is Associate Professor of English and the Director of Foundational Writing and Information Literacy. She joined the faculty at UVM in January 2015, after many years at the University of Rhode Island. There, she had served as Department Chair, Director of Graduate Studies, Writing Center Director, and Assessment Coordinator. In 2010, she was honored with the URI Foundation's Excellence in Teaching Award, and she regularly gives professional development workshops with approaches to active learning. With Jose A. Amador and C.B. Peters, she has co-authored The Practice of Problem-Based Learning (2006), and her other scholarship has appeared in CCC, College English, JAC, WPA, Business Communication Quarterly, and several edited collections. Her various works have earned the CCCC Berlin and Braddock awards, as well as a "Best Article" in WPA award. She has served on executive committees for CCCC and CWPA, as well as a host of local, regional, and national committees.

Caroline Beer, Associate Director, Political Science

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Caroline Beer is associate professor of political science at the University of Vermont.  She teaches classes in comparative politics, Latin American politics, and gender politics.  Her research interests include democratization and women in politics in Latin America. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego, and the Latin American Institute of the University of New Mexico. Her book, Institutional Change and Electoral Competition in Mexico, was published by the University of Notre Dame Press in 2003. She has also published in journals such as Comparative Politics, the American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, Latin American Research Review, Latin American Politics and Society, Studies in Comparative International Development, and International Studies Quarterly.

Deb Noel, Associate Director, English

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Deb Noel, a Senior Lecturer in English, earned her Ph.D. at the University of Georgia (2003) in rhetoric and composition studies and American literature. Deb began teaching writing at UVM in 2003, and she has participated in the evolution of First Year Writing and Information Literacy requirement since its inception as a pilot program in 2012. She has experience with FWIL classes as an instructor of English 001, Written Expression, and as a TAP instructor in English.

Jace Jamason, Program Assistant

 

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Jace Jamason graduated from UVM in December 2017 with a B.A. in Theatre, and quickly joined the ranks of FWIL and the English Department as a part-time administrative assistant split between the two programs.

2018-2019 FWIL Committee

The FWIL Committee meets monthly, with faculty representatives from the library and all FWIL paths (the College of Arts and Sciences, English, and the Honors College).

  • Judith Christenson, Senior Lecturer of Psychological Science
  • Caroline Beer, Associate Professor of Political Science
  • Daisy Benson, Library Associate Professor
  • Jean Bessette, English GTA Supervisor /Assistant Professor of English
  • Ian Grimmer, Associate Dean of Honors College/ Senior Lecturer of History
  • Mariacristina Mazzoni, Professor of Romance Languages and Linguistics
  • Libby Miles, Director of Foundational Writing and Information Literacy / Associate Professor of English
  • Deborah Noel, Senior Lecturer of English
  • Scott Scaffer, Library Assistant Professor

2018-2019 ENGS 001 Fellows

FWIL Fellows for ENGS 001 spend the Fall semester focusing on creating and revising the materials for the sequence. Each of the Fellows teach or have taught ENGS 001 for either international/multilingual students or for native English speaking students. 

  • Sheila Boland Chira, Director of Writing Center/Senior Lecturer of English
  • Deborah Noel, Senior Lecturer of English
  • Holly Painter, Lecturer of English
  • Marthe Russel, Senior Lecturer of Education
  • Christopher Vaccaro, Senior Lecturer of English

2017-2018 FWIL Committee

The FWIL Committee meets monthly, with faculty representatives from the library and all FWIL paths (the College of Arts and Sciences, English, and the Honors College).

  • Jamie Abaied, Associate Professor of Psychological Sciences
  • Caroline Beer, Associate Professor of Political Science
  • Daisy Benson, Library Associate Professor
  • Jean Bessette, English GTA Supervisor / Assistant Professor of English
  • Sue Dinitz, Director of the Writing Center / Senior Lecturer of English
  • Nancy Fawley, Director of Information & Instructional Services / Library Associate Professor
  • Ian Grimmer, Associate Dean of Honors College / Senior Lecturer of History
  • Jenny Grosvenor, Lecturer of English
  • Patricia Mardeusz, Library Associate Professor / Instruction Librarian
  • Libby Miles, Director of Foundational Writing and Information Literacy / Associate Professor of English
  • Deb Noel, Senior Lecturer of English
  • Peter VonDoepp, Associate Professor of Political Science

2017-2108 Critical Reading Fellows

FWIL Fellows for Critical Reading spend the academic year focusing on how to better teach Critical Reading at the first-year level in their FWIL courses. Fellows come from all 3 of the FWIL paths (CAS, English, and Honors), and are creating sample materials useful to the entire FWIL community.

  • Caroline Beer, Associate Professor of Political Science
  • Paul Besaw, Professor of Music and Dance
  • Jean Bessette, English GTA Supervisor / Assistant Professor of English
  • Thomas Borchert, Associate Professor of Religion
  • Tyler Doggett, Associate Professor of Philosophy
  • Thomas Noel, Visiting Instructor of Chinese
  • Kate Nolfi, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and the Honors College
  • Holly Painter, Lecturer of English
  • Helga Schreckenberger, Professor of Gender and Women's Studies, German, and Russian

Eli Review in FWIL

Initially funded through a Provost's Office "Engaged Practices Innovation" Grant, and in partnership with Writing in the Disciplines, interested FWIL faculty are implementing Eli Review, a pedagogical technology facilitating the teaching of better student-to-student feedback.

  • Michael Ashooh, Lecturer in Philosophy/HCOL
  • Dan Fogel, Professor of English/TAP
  • Susanmarie Harrington, Professor of English/TAP
  • Libby Miles, Director of Foundational Writing and Information Literacy/Associate Professor of English/TAP
  • Deborah Noel, Senior Lecturer of English/TAP

2016-2017 FWIL Committee

The FWIL Committee meets monthly, with faculty representatives from the library and all FWIL paths (the College of Arts and Sciences, English, and the Honors College).

  • Daisy Benson, Library Associate Professor
  • Sheila Boland Chira, Senior Lecturer of English
  • Sue Dinitz, Director of the Writing Center / Senior Lecturer of English
  • Nancy Fawley, Director of Information & Instructional Services / Library Associate Professor
  • Jenny Grosvenor, Lecturer of English
  • Susanmarie Harrington, Director of Writing in the Disciplines / Professor of English
  • Dale Jaffe, Professor and Chair of Sociology
  • Patricia Mardeusz, Library Associate Professor / Instruction Librarian
  • David Massell, Professor of History
  • Libby Miles, Director of Foundational Writing and Information Literacy / Associate Professor of English
  • Mark Moyer, Associate Professor of Philosophy
  • Deb Noel, Senior Lecturer of English
  • Peter VonDoepp, Associate Professor of Political Science

2016 Multilingual Writer Fellows

  • Sean Abrams, Graduate Teaching Assistant of English
  • Sheila Boland Chira, Senior Lecturer of English
  • Emily Crist, Library Assistant Professor / Instruction Librarian
  • John Mango, Graduate Teaching Assistant of English
  • Rebecca McLaughlin, Lecturer of English
  • Libby Miles, Director of Foundational Writing and Information Literacy / Associate Professor of English
  • Deborah Noel, Senior Lecturer of English
  • Benjamin Sienicki, Lecturer of Education / Global Gateways