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English 795

Proseminar in the Teaching of Writing

Rather than traditional weekly meetings, we decided to re-structure the proseminar for English 201 instructors into a series of professional development activities. During the Fall 2016 semester, we designed a pre-semester orientation, three all-staff meetings focusing on discussion of instructors' classes, two goals meetings, and series of four workshops on topics of particular interest to English 201 instructors: service learning, multimodal composition, collaboration, and contract grading. During the Spring 2017 semester, we asked instructors to undertake a teacher-research project for which we designed three 1.5 hour workshops in addition to staff meetings, individual meetings, and an end-of-semester colloquium. I developed the website linked below to give instructors better access to program information and support materials.