The WAU program offers grants in support of faculty and staff efforts to pilot best practices in writing pedagogy and to conduct writing-related research/scholarship.

To see a list of grant recipients, the titles of their projects, and examples of their work completed, please see the end of this page.

Best Practices in Writing Pedagogy (collaborative or individual)
       Applications due November 5th, for grants to be used in Spring
       Applications due May 2nd, for grants to be used in Fall   

For those interested in applying for the Best Practices in Writing Pedagogy Grant, you might find the list on our “Best Practices” page helpful.

Individual: To encourage and support teaching faculty in full-time, ongoing positions who are working to pilot best practices in writing pedagogy in their classes. $1,000 stipend. Offered fall and spring terms.

Collaborative: To encourage and support faculty and staff who are working to pilot best practices in writing pedagogy in their classes and programs. $1,000 stipend for each participant, up to 5 collaborators. Offered for fall and spring terms.  

Summer Scholarship (offered for summer only; individual)
       Applications due May 2nd, for grants to be used Summer

To encourage faculty to do writing-related scholarly research. $3,000 stipend.  Offered for summer only.

Reimbursable Funds (collaborative or individual)

Reimbursable Funds. For writing-related travel, speakers, resources (books, software, equipment, etc.). Up to $2,500 in reimbursable related expenses.

When applying for a grant, please complete the CWE Grant Cover Sheet along with the outlined information specific to the type of grant for which you are applying (information is below in the Grant Proposal Outline). Once you have completed both the cover sheet as well as your proposal, please email both to the CWE Program Assistant, Malinda Spencer.

CWE Grant Cover Sheet
Grant Proposal Outline & Due Date

*Past WAU/CWE funding may be taken into account depending upon the number of proposal applications received.
**Preference for the CWE Summer Scholarship grant (which supports writing-related scholarly research) and Reimbursable Funds is
given to those whose scholarship, faculty position, and disciplinary background are not primarily writing studies. Assuming all writing faculty research advances knowledge in the field, supports the Writing Excellence Initiative at least indirectly, and can be supported by standard faculty development funding resources, proposals from those whose primary position, disciplinary background, and scholarship are directly linked to writing studies should articulate how the proposed research uniquely supports the goals of Elon’s Writing Excellence Initiative.


Grants Awarded

Scholarship Grants

Summer 2017

A Behavior Analyst Enters Conversation with a Rhetorician

Awarded to: Kim Epting

Analyzing the Impact of Writing Center Fellows on Student Writing & Faculty Pedagogy in a First-Year History Course

Awarded to: Michael Carignan

Pedagogy Grants

Spring 2018

Enhancing Presentation Writing in STS 212:Sta

Awarded to:  Ayesha Delpish and Andi Metts

Removing Writing Blocks: Promoting Course Transfer of  Disciplinary Writing Training

Awarded to:  Erika Lopina and Kim Epting


Fall 2017

Beyond the Traditional Research Paper

Awarded to: Lynn Bisko and Michelle Kleckner

How to Make Your Home Among Strangers: Entering Academic Discourse Communities

Awarded to: Cassie Kircher and Janet Myers

Zotero as a teaching tool: Citing it right, Writing it right

Awarded to: Sean Giovanello, Joan Ruelle and Vicki Siler

Writing to Learn: Enhancements in the Acting Classroom

Awarded to: Kevin Otos

Best Practices for Motion Picture Formats

Awarded to: Douglas Kass

The Creation of a Global Studies Multimodal Project

Awarded to: Barbara Gordon


Summer 2017

Course Pen Pals

Awarded to: David Buck

Students' Use of Mind Mapping Software to Improve Analysis and Synthesis Skills in Research

Awarded to: Byung Lee


Spring 2017

Adding Writing to the Computing Sciences Curriculum

Awarded to: Shannon Duvall and Megan Squire

Scaffolding Writing Instruction in the History Major

Awarded to: Michael Carignan, Xiaolin Duan, Clyde Ellis, Charles Irons and Andrea Sinn

Using Lesson Study to Improve the Teaching of Writing in Psychology

Awarded to: Meredith Allison, CJ Fleming, Rachel Force, India Johnson and Katie King

Introducing "Writing to Learn" to Principles of Economics

Awarded to: Tonmoy Islam

Simulating a TV Writers’ Room in an Intro Screenwriting Course

Awarded to: Joy Goodwin

Writing a Public Health Research Proposal

Awarded to: Harlyn Skinner


Fall 2016

Incorporating Writing into a New Course in the Business Core

Awarded to: Scott Beuchler, Mark Courtright, Alisha Horky and Rob Moorman

Enhancing Student Writing in Senior Seminar and During Study USA Courses Through Best Practices in Writing Pedagogy

Awarded to: Alexis Franzese

Improving Feedback to and from the Writing Center for ACC 336

Awarded to: Paula Weller

Teaching Transfer of Academic Writing Skills for Portfolio Entries and in Practicum Classrooms

Awarded to: Ren Bryan

Using Mapping Software for Effective Lit Review

Awarded to: Byung Lee


Summer 2016

Can First-Year Engineers Ride the Wave of Change by Developing Entrepreneurial Mindset in a Service-Learning Project?

Awarded to: Sirena Hargrove-Leak

Establishing a Foundation for Reflective Writing Assignments in Environmental Studies

Awarded to: Michael Strickland

Evaluating Effectiveness of Changing a Daily Writing Assignment

Awarded to: Shawn Tucker

Promoting Data-Centered Writing Literacy

Awarded to: Johnathan Albright

Providing Feedback That is Used and Useful

Awarded to: Amanda Sturgill

What Sort of L2 Grammar Instruction Supports Writing and Literacy?

Awarded to: Scott Windham


Spring 2016

Building the Scaffold for Effective Multi-Genre Transdisciplinary Writing in Environmental Studies

Awarded to: Janet MacFall, Steve Moore and Michael Strickland

Embedding Multimedia Writing in the Professional Writing & Rhetoric Curriculum

Awarded to: Li Li, Jessie Moore, Rebecca Pope-Ruark, Paula Rosinski and Michael Strickland

Introducing “Writing as a Citizen” Component in Economics Courses

Awarded to: Tonmoy Islam, Jennifer Platania and Katy Rouse

Supporting the Teaching of Writing in English 255, Topics in Literature: A Multi-Section Course

Awarded to: Kevin Bourque, Rosemary Haskell, Megan Isaac and Kim Pyne

Enhancing Revision Practices in PSY 460: Empirical Senior Seminar

Awarded to: Kim Epting

Teaching Disciplinary Writing in Music Theory: A Mini-Conference Project

Awarded to: Robin Attas

The Writer's Room

Awarded to: Douglass Kass