“Electronic Portfolios in Writing Pedagogy: Process and Product”

September 14, 2017

Electronic Portfolios in Writing Pedagogy: Process and Product

September 29 4:00 PM; Bryan Hall 229



Devin Donovan

Keith Driver

Megan Haury

Kate Kostelnik

Anne Morgan

Patricia Sullivan


With the generous support of an LTI grant, panel participants explored the use of e-portfolio platforms in their AY 2016-17 first-year and advanced writing courses. They’ll share some student work, ask questions, and begin a conversation. Please join us! 

2017 Gosnell Prize Announced

May 1, 2017

John Grisham has selected William Hamilton's "The Southhampton Insurrection" as the winner of this year's Gosnell Prize in first year writing. Congratulations to William and his instructor Hilary Holladay.

Congratulations as well to this year's finalists:

  • Lucas Beasey and Julia Fisher (Instructor) for "Saltville"
  • Kasja Foskey and Derek Cavens (Instructor) for "Forgiveness"
  • Lachlan Hassman and Maya Hislop (Instructor) for "Baptism, Beyoncé, and Black Christendom”

Pedagogy Panel: Connecting Writing Courses to the Community Beyond the Classroom

April 3, 2017

Please join us Friday, April 21st at 4pm in the Faculty Lounge.

Kate Stephenson, Cory Shaman, and Keith Driver will be talking about the questions, difficulties, and advantages of connecting writing courses to the community outside the classroom.

Three Ways of Electronic Portfolios

April 3, 2017

Kathleen Blake Yancey, Kellogg W. Hunt Professor of English at Florida State University 

Monday, April 3, 3:30 - 5:00, 125 Minor Hall 

The history of electronic portfolios is short but also illustrative when it comes to reactions to ePortfolios and uptake of them--or not. Put another way, there are several instances where faculty, staff, students--or all three (!)--resisted ePortfolios, and they teach us one set of lessons. Fortunately, there are more instances of faculty, staff, and students taking ePortfolios up and to good effect, and in these stories we find another set of lessons, including about reflection as both a theory and practice of ePortfolios; about the role of including the personal in ePortfolios; about the role of integrative thinking in ePortfolios; about the future an ePortfolio can include and forecast; about the nature of authentic work that can be of help to others through an ePortfolio; and about the kinds of conversations an ePortfolio, or a set of ePortfolios, can foster. In this talk, then, we'll take a bird's eye view of ePortfolios, considering factors contributing to their failure, factors contributing to their success, and several possible ways forward.

Personal Statement Workshop

March 1, 2017

Friday, March 31 2-4PM; 229 Bryan Hall

  • Attend a panel presentation led by writing center tutors 
  • Complete generative writing exercises to get you started on your essays 
  • Work with an experienced writing center tutor on your current draft 

Register Here!


Gosnell Prize Finalists Announced

February 15, 2017

The Academic and Professional Writing Program is pleased to announce the finalists for this year's Brett B. Gosnell Prize in First Year Writing.

Lucas Beasey “Saltville”  (instructor Julia Fisher)

Kajsa Foskey “Forgiveness” (instructor Derek Cavens)

William Hamilton “The Southampton Insurrection” (instructor Hilary Holladay)

Lachlan Hausmann “Baptism, Beyoncé, and Black Christendom" (instructor Maya Hislop)


The final judge for this year's prize will be John Grisham.

Welcome New Writing Program Faculty

August 18, 2016

The Academic and Professional Writing Program welcomes four new colleagues at the start of the 2016-17 academic year:

Steph Ceraso 

A former lecturer at Georgetown University (2013-14) and assistant professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (2014-16), Ceraso has published scholarship in College EnglishComposition StudiesCurrents in Electronic Literacy, and other journals. Her 2014 article on sonic pedagogy, “(Re)Educating the Senses,” won the 2015 Richard Ohmann Award, a national award recognizing her refereed article in College English for making a significant contribution to the field of English studies. Ceraso is working on her first book, which proposes an expansive approach to teaching with sound in the writing classroom.

She earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Pittsburgh (2013), an M.A. in English literature from the University of Vermont (2006) and her B.A. in English literature from Washington & Jefferson College, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude (2004).

She is planning to develop innovative new composition courses that focus on digital production. Her research and teaching interests include multimodal composition, sound studies, pedagogy, digital rhetoric, disability studies, sensory rhetorics, gender and women's studies, music and pop culture.

This fall, Ceraso is teaching "Writing with Sound," a class in which students will create an original, three-episode podcast series.

John T. Casteen, IV

A poet and essayist whose work addresses culture, visual experience, ethics, and history, John T. Casteen is the author of two books of poems, Free Union and For the Mountain Laurel, both from the University of Georgia Press’ VQR Poetry Series. His recent work includes “The Imaginary City,” an interdisciplinary project in essay, poems, and photographs from China, and “Memory: Viajar,” an essay-film in progress from Peru.

His poems have appeared in Fence, The Paris Review, The Southern Review, Ploughshares, and other literary magazines, and have been anthologized in Monticello in Mind: Fifty Contemporary Poets on Jefferson, Best American Poetry, and The Rumpus Poetry Anthology.  In addition, he has contributed to, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Washington Post, The Morning News, and VQR.  Nominated several times for the Pushcart Prize, Casteen has been awarded the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges’ Mednick Fellowship, New York University’s Visiting Artist Faculty in Residence, and a Faculty Fellowship Residency at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts.

Casteen holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia (A&S ‘93) and an MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.  He has taught previously at James Madison University, on Semester at Sea, and at Sweet Briar College, where he founded a national conference for undergraduate students of creative writing. This fall, he will teach the courses “Writing About Culture and Society” and “Communicating with the Public.”

Cory Shaman

Cory Shaman’s research, teaching, and publications focus on the material histories and representations of environmental injustice, often in the context of post-natural conceptions of the environment. His work takes specific form in examining the growing archive of film and literature related to Hurricane Katrina, and much of his most recent scholarship has explored the ethics of food systems in the American South from a critical vegan perspective.

Shaman’s specific interest in how non-human interests are excluded or obscured in decision-making processes arises from a desire to imagine legitimately just and sustainable arrangements that more fully and seriously account for the lives that historically have been most discounted.

Shaman earned his Ph.D. in English, with concentrations in environmental and regional U.S. literature, from the University of Mississippi (2007).

At the University of Virginia, Shaman will teach introductory courses on critical inquiry, within the Academic and Professional Writing Program, along with associated upper-level undergraduate writing intensive classes.

Kate Stephenson

An alumna who received both of her graduate degrees from the University of Virginia, Kate Stephenson returns to UVA to teach in the Department of English’s Writing Program. Her academic research focuses primarily on composition and pedagogy, but she has also published articles and presented papers on Sylvia Plath, modern poetry, children’s literature, and online education.

Before joining the Writing Program, Stephenson was an editor for the Core Knowledge Foundation (2014-15) and a lecturer in the Composition and Humanities Departments of Kaplan University (2003-2016). In 2012, Kaplan’s College of General Education presented her its Outstanding Faculty Award. She also worked as a lecturer in the English Department of Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas (2002-03).

She worked one term as a lecturer in UVA’s Department of English after completing her Ph.D. in English literature (2001).  She also completed her M.A. in English literature at UVA (1997) and graduated Summa Cum Laude, with Phi Beta Kappa honors from Duke University, where she completed her B.A. in English literature and German language and literature.

This fall, Stephenson will teach "Writing and Critical Inquiry: Writing about Photography" and "Travel Writing." She is currently designing an advanced writing course that focuses on community engagement and literacy, and in the spring, she looks forward to leading a one-credit pilot course exploring the relationship between writing, community engagement, and leadership.

Gosnell Prize Winner Selected

May 20, 2016

The Academic and Professional Writing Program is delighted to announce that Fiona Geiran and her ENWR 1510 Instructor Theresa Kim are the winners of this year's Gosnell Proze for the best first-year writing essay. Fiona and Theresa will each receive $1000 and attend a luncheon with Program administrators and the Gosnell family to celebrate and to remember Brett Gosnell, in whose honor the prize was established.