Resources for Faculty and Staff

Here are seven magnificent options for starting this semester.

1.  Make a Suggestion

If you haven’t already done so, share your suggestions for ways the Writing Excellence Initiative can help students with their writing, help you with the writing you assign to students, and help you with your own writing.

2.  Join the WEI First Flight Program

So that we can learn as go, we will pilot all major strategies of the Writing Excellence Initiative before fully implementing them. We are looking for volunteers eager to get going by joining our First Flight Program.

Academic Departments
Last year, eight academic programs conducted a pilot test of the First Flight Program. All others have the option of beginning in Fall 2014 or Fall 2015.
Deadline for indicating your department's choice:  May 10, 2014.
More information:  Contact Paul Anderson, 6646.

Student Life
Last year, four Student Life Programs begin their First Flight. Others may begin this year.
More information:  Contact Jodean Schmiederer, 7271.

Core Curriculum
Last year, four COR110 faculty experimented with new version of this course in order to develop insights into ways to integrate more writing instruction when as class size if reduced over the next few years.
More information:  Contact Jeffrey Coker, 6206.

Individuals and other units
If you would like to explore the possibility of pilot testing a way of supporting Elon’s goals for the Writing Excellence Initiative that does not fit into the other categories, let’s talk.
More information: Contact Paul Anderson, 6646.

3.  Participate in the Elon Writing Excellence Summer Institute

This highly interactive, four-day institute provides a wealth of advice for improving student writing and learning in any course. You will create or revise writing assignments and the associated instruction for a class you will teach next year. Novices will learn a lot, but so will more experienced faculty. If you contribute your assignments to a collection of models for the university, you will receive a $500 stipend. Space is limited.

Dates for Institute: May 27-30. (Participants must attend all four days.)
Details and application: Elon Writing Excellence Summer Institute Description
Deadline for applications: May 19.
More information:  Contact Paul Anderson, 6646.

4 Apply for a Writing Excellence Initiative Grant  

We have four kinds of grants to support faculty and Student Life projects designed to improve the writing of Elon students.

High-Impact Project Grants—up to $5,000.
These grants support projects that will help students learn to write better and learn more through writing in high-enrollment, multi-section courses or in groups of related courses.  They are awarded to groups of faculty in the same department or program. Grants are also available for analogous, high-impact projects in Student Life.

Application: High-Impact Project Grant Application.
Required meeting: To support the development of effective grant applications, applicants must meet with Paul Anderson at least one week before the application deadline.
Deadlines: May 10, July 19, and October 18, 2013.
Selection process: A committee of faculty and staff reviews applications and makes funding decisions.
More information: Contact Paul Anderson, 6646.

Sharply Focused Project Grants—up to $2,000.
These grants may be used by individual faculty and collaborative groups for projects focused on student writing, its teaching, or its use as a tool for learning course content/skills. Usually, projects focus on a specific course, but they may also involve research or development of improved teaching methods. Grants are also available for analogous, sharply focused projects in Student Life.

Application: Sharply Focused Project Grant Application.
Required meeting: To support the development of effective grant applications, applicants must meet with Paul Anderson at least one week before the application deadline.
Deadlines: May 10, July 19, and October 18, 2013.
Selection process: A committee of faculty and staff reviews applications and makes funding decisions.
More information: Contact Paul Anderson, 6646.

Opportunity Grants—up to $750.
The Writing Excellence Initiative’s Opportunity Grants support low-cost projects and activities through which individuals, departments, programs, and interdisciplinary groups explore ways to improve and support student writing at Elon. These grants may be used to contribute partial support to larger projects that have a significant component related to student writing and that also have funding from other sources.

Application: Writing Excellence Initiative Opportunity Grant Application.
Deadlines: There is no application deadline for opportunity grants. Applications are reviewed throughout the year.
More information: Contact Paul Anderson, 6646.

Travel Grants—matching up to $1,000.
The Writing Excellence Initiative’s Travel Grants support faculty and staff travel to model programs or conferences in order investigate ways to improve student writing at Elon. These grants also support travel to national and international conferences to deliver papers or otherwise share innovative strategies implemented here. Travel grants match support of up to $1,000 from other sources. Grants must be awarded in advance of the travel. They will be paid as reimbursements.

Application: Writing Excellence Initiative Travel Grant Application.
Deadlines: There is no application deadline for travel grants – applications are reviewed throughout the year.
More information: Contact Paul Anderson, 6646.

5.  Visit the Writing Center in Belk Library

Discuss assignments and strategies for using writing effectively in your classes. Learn about the assistance you can receive with your own writing.

6.  Let the WEI Treat You to Coffee or Lunch

Anytime you’d like to chat about writing, we’ll spring for coffee or lunch for you and, if you wish, your colleagues. Contact Paul Anderson, 6646.

7.  Attend a WEI Writing Boot Camp

Boot Camp enables you to devote a full day exclusively to your writing projects. We supply a table, power for your pc, hot and cold beverages, lunch—and quiet. The rules are simple. No talking, phone calls, email, tweets, or text messages except during breaks and lunch. During Boot Camp, we write.

NOTE: Boot Camp is NOT a writing workshop. If you want to talk with someone about your writing, you are invited to contact Paul Anderson, 6646, or Paula Rosinski, 5842.

May Boot Camp
Date and time:
May 10 (Saturday), 8:30 to 4:00.
Location: 215 Mosley.
Nourishment: Light breakfast will be available at 8:30, lunch, breaks.
Deadline for Registering: May 3.
Registration: Contact Edie Alexander, 5652.