Writing Across the Curriculum

Pedagogy Workshop

The workshop is designed to help faculty use writing as part of the learning process in all academic disciplines. In the past four years alone, nearly 160 full-time, part-time, and adjunct teachers at William Paterson have participated in the workshop, which has been in existence since 1982. Participation in the workshop is capped at 20 people, each of whom receives ¾ overload credits for attending. Most faculty have found that this opportunity to talk collegially about teaching strategies is helpful in developing new classroom approaches and skills that support the teaching both of content and of critical thinking in their disciplines.

The sessions are led by Liane Robertson of English and Emily Monroe of Biology. Guest faculty from other departments will also discuss the ways they use writing in their disciplines.

Topics include:

  • Using informal writing throughout a course (journals, in-class exercises, micro-themes, etc.)
  • Exploring the link between writing and critical thinking
  • Designing effective writing assignments and essay tests
  • Developing a sense of voice, audience, and purpose in student writing
  • Dealing with the paper load
  • Evaluating and grading student writing
  • Dealing with problems of grammar
  • Using collaborative learning strategies

For more information, or to register, please contact Liane Robertson.


Celebrating Student Writing Across the Curriculum

Each year, the Writing Across the Curriculum Program holds a writing contest for undergraduates throughout the university. The contest, which is open to all WPU students, encourages participation by all university departments; excellent student writing is nominated by faculty members. Winning work--personal essays, formal research, creative writing, lab reports, reading logs, any form of writing in any discipline and at any academic level--is published in the Celebrating Student Writing Across the Curriculum annual publication.

For the latest Celebrating Student Writing nomination form, please click here.


Faculty Writing Groups

Writing Groups sponsored by the WAC program are designed to offer WPU faculty members a supportive, collegial environment in which to develop, critique, and prepare their writing for publication or presentation. The groups offer participants a chance to work on their professional writing-in-progress (papers, articles, book proposals, essays, monographs, etc.) with a small multi-disciplinary group of colleagues. 

The groups, coordinated by Liane Robertson, generally meet once a month throughout the academic year (and, for those who are interested, during the summer). Please contact Liane for more information.