First Flight and Ignition Programs

The Center for Writing Excellence is sponsoring two programs—First Flight and Ignition—to begin pilot testing the processes and supports through which Elon will significantly enhance the writing instruction and assistance it provides all of our students.

First Flight Program

The First Flight Program enables selected departments and programs to become the first to provide their students with the enriched writing support that all departments will eventually offer. These pioneering departments also assist other departments by developing models, providing inspiration, and encountering unexpected bumps in the process so that these difficulties can be eliminated for those who follow.

Through a competitive process, eight academic departments and four Student Life programs were selected to participate in 2013-2014. They are joined by four Student Life programs. During the year, the twelve will test the first two phases of our four-phase process by doing the following:

  • identifying the writing abilities they want their students to have at the point of graduation (for academic departments) or the end of their interaction with the students.
  • evaluating the writing instruction, feedback, and support they provide their students
  • planning the ways they will coordinate their courses and activities to progressively develop students’ writing abilities during the time the students are with them (four years for academic programs; shorter periods for Student Life programs).

Academic Departments and Programs in 2013-2014 First Flight

Linda Poulson
Paula Weller

Elementary Education
Rich Mihans
Laura Williams
Marna Winter

Victoria Moore
Paul Weller
Dan Wright

History and Geography
Michael Carignan
Clyde Ellis

Law School
Antonette Barilla
Faith Rivers James
Patricia Perkins
Hannah Vaughn
Catherine Wasson

Political Science and Policy Studies
Laura Roselle
Sharon Spray
Religious Studies
Toddie Peters
Jeffrey Pugh

World Languages and Cultures
Olivia Choplin
Ketevan Kupatadze

Student Life Programs in 2013-2014 First Flight

Campus Recreation
Peter Tulchinsky

GAP Semester Program
Steve Morrison

Isabella Canon Leadership Fellows Program
Steven Mencarini

Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement
Mary Morrison 

Ignition Program

The Ignition Program enables departments to identify and work on projects that lay the foundation for their future work on the Writing Excellence Initiative. Departments identify their own project, which they pursue with a grant and assistance from the Center for Writing Excellence.

For 2013-2014, six academic departments are participating. All will report on their projects and results at the end of the academic year.

Anthony Hatcher
Glenn Scott

Steve DeLoach,
Greg Lilly
Jennifer Platania

Steve Braye
Ashley Hairston
Richard Lee
Jessie Moore
Rebecca Pope-Ruark

Exercise Science
Wally Bixby
Joyce Davis
Eric Hall

Physical Therapy Education
Steve Bailey
Elizabeth Rogers

Public Health Studies
Cindy Fair


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Session set for 'Best Practices in Writing Instruction'

This session is designed for all teaching faculty interested in getting feedback on their writing assignments and learning about best practices in writing instruction. Those working on the Writing Excellence Initiative for their majors may find this session especially helpful. Held on 8/23/17 at noon.

Active Citizen Series: Writing for Action - Writing Persuasive Letters to Elected Officials and Newspapers

Join us on Tuesday, Oct. 24 from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. in Moseley 215.