Writing in the Disciplines at Dawson invites faculty members to submit proposals for department and program-based projects focused on writing, critical thinking and active learning in the disciplines. Building on the college-wide presence of WID Writing Fellows and Spring Institute participants, these projects provide WID support for innovations in instructional and curricular design. One or two projects will be selected for the Winter 2021 semester.
Proposals should be submitted to Ian MacKenzie (WID project lead) by Thursday, October 8, 2020. If you would like to discuss a potential application, don’t hesitate to contact Ian or Writing Fellows coordinator Jeff Gandell.
- Who can apply?
Groups of several faculty collaborating under the leadership of at least one teacher who has participated in the WID Writing Fellows or the WID Spring Institute. Applicants should consult with their department chairs and/or program coordinators on project objectives in advance of the submission of a proposal. Course release will be available for one or two project leads.
- What kinds of projects are eligible?
Projects will be formulated around specific objectives such as the following:
– Develop and share new discipline-specific curricular materials that exploit the link between writing and critical thinking
– Develop and share knowledge about new instructional approaches (eg. in-class writing, use of sources, effective peer review, new writing technologies, etc.)
– Assess and report on the achievement of program-level competencies in writing and communication
– Evaluate and make recommendations on the development of writing and critical thinking skills across sequences of required courses
– Conduct and report on research on discipline-specific approaches to writing and communication in departments / programs at other higher education institutions
– Design and conduct a series of department-based professional development activities focused on writing, critical thinking and active learning
- Are there models for this type of project?
Over Winter 2019, Marie-Pierre Gosselin, Selma Hamdani and Madeleine Cote developed a suite of lab activities for the introductory General Psychology course.
In W2018, Cheryl Simon and Myriam Rafla from Cinema and Communications investigated different ways of assigning and evaluating new and interactive media projects.
Jean Francois Briere and Nadim Boukhira led a Physics Department project that began in Winter 2017 and continued through Fall 2017, focused on developing authentic scientific practices and writing through revised lab activities.
English teachers Susan Briscoe and Jeffrey Gandell led the W2016 project, which focused on creative alternatives to the traditional academic essay. Susan and Jeff prepared a preliminary report for the English Department, and gave two departmental workshops in F2016.
W2015 saw WID projects completed in Nursing and Social Science. In Nursing, Robin Simmons and Michelle Maguigad evaluated preparation of students for the new professional nursing order examination, while in Social Science, Davina Mill and Lisa Steffen examined faculty attitudes and practices in the design of the Integrative Seminar, the capstone research writing course in Social Science.
- What resources and support will be made available for projects?
One or two sections of course release for W2021 will be assigned to successful projects, depending on the nature and scope of project proposals. The WID director will work with project leaders over the duration of the project.
- What is the application format and process?
Apply directly to Ian MacKenze by October 8, 2020 in a two-page proposal with the elements below. Proposals will be reviewed by Ian MacKenzie, Writing Fellows coordinator Jeff Gandell, and members of the WID coordinating committee.
1) Detailed statement of the objectives of the project
2) Individuals involved
3) Department / program needs to which the project responds
4) Anticipated impact on student learning
5) Timeline for completion and evaluation of project activities and artefacts