The Faculty Seminar on the Teaching of Writing

The Faculty Seminar on the Teaching of Writing is a four-day seminar offered the week after graduation each May to faculty members from across schools and disciplines that teach undergraduates at UVA. Interested faculty apply online during the spring term—the deadline is generally the third Friday in April, with notification of acceptance by May 1. Up to twenty participants are chosen each year to attend the seminar, which is designed to assist faculty in developing effective writing instruction in any subject.

Faculty selected for the seminar will each receive a $2,000 research and course development fund with an additional $1,000 available to those who share the new course materials and participate in a collaborative presentation on writing pedagogy (in one’s department or at an event like the yearly Innovations in Pedagogy Summit) during the following academic year. The seminar will be led by faculty in the Academic and Professional Writing Program, who will share research on the teaching of writing, respond to course syllabi and assignments, and facilitate discussion among participants.  The purpose of the seminar is to help faculty across disciplines design and teach courses—such as those that meet writing requirements in various schools and departments—in ways that draw on the best scholarly understanding of writing instruction.

Faculty who participate in the seminar will be expected to design or revise a writing-intensive course that they plan to teach within the next two years.

A brief one-page application (which includes an abbreviated CV) can be found here.  The Provost encourages you to apply to partake in this excellent opportunity to improve undergraduate writing at UVA.