The position of Campus Writing Coordinator was created in 2001 on the heels of extensive reviews of lower- and upper-division writing. UCI has long had strong writing requirements for first year students, including a range of composition courses, a 3-quarter interdisciplinary option (Humanities Core Course), and extensive support for students learning Academic English and ESL. Undergraduates are also required to take an upper-division writing course in a discipline (W courses).
Honoring the decentralized nature of disciplinary instruction at UCI, the CWC was conceived of as a way to support and link writing efforts across the campus. The office, run by the coordinator and supported by a graduate student researcher and an administrative assistant, serves faculty who teach W courses, helping them to improve instruction, and offers consultation to faculty, instructors, and TAs who are working on writing curriculum or pedagogy in any capacity. The CWC conducts workshops, invites speakers, collects and distributes resources on writing in the disciplines and writing courses at UCI, and conducts writing program assessment and research.
Our goals are to
- assist faculty in the disciplines in improving writing instruction in upper-division W courses
- support the building of writing assignments into other disciplinary courses
- create possibilities for faculty to reflect on writing pedagogy in general and on the modes and standards of writing specific to each discipline
- generate opportunities for students to work together on writing projects and to assist each other in writing development
- consult with departments on the development of coordinated writing plans
- assess upper-division writing, and
- forge stronger links between first-year composition and writing in the disciplines
We invite inquiries on any of these topics, and we look forward to contributing to the multi-disciplinary culture of writing at UCI.
The current coordinator, Jonathan Alexander, Chancellor’s Professor of English, Education, and Gender & Sexuality Studies, has held the position since 2007. For more information about the CWC and his staff, please see People.