Just wondering if any colleagues on CASLL have similar things going on
as are described here in this April 13th article... I got this link
through the WPA listserv
"At the University of Denver this year, a new writing program
<http://www.du.edu/writing/> is trying a combination of approaches.
Freshmen are taking a series of three courses in successive quarters ---
each with a distinct purpose. The first quarter courses are taught by
faculty members in a range of disciplines, and the next two by a new
cadre of lecturers hired this year.
While not on the tenure track, the lecturers are far from the
semester-to-semester model of employment used to staff many a writing
course with adjuncts or graduate students. Their positions are full
time, with benefits, and they are paid in the first quarter of the
academic year to plan their courses, to work individually with students
in the writing center, and to work as in-class consultants and
one-on-one with professors on writing issues that come up in their
And here's why they were able to do this on such a large scale.
"The Denver writing program is the outgrowth of a $10 million grant in
2004 from the Marsico Foundation, which stipulated that the funds be
used to improve undergraduate education. Faculty committees studied
various possible uses for the money and the full faculty voted (79
percent in favor) to overhaul what had been a fairly traditional program
in which freshmen took writing, but without a university-wide vision for
what was supposed to be accomplished."
Tania S. Smith
Faculty of Communication & Culture
University of Calgary
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