Program Resources

UWP and WID administrators and staff strive to assist WID faculty in becoming the best writing instructors they can. Here you will find information pertinent to faculty teaching WID courses, including information on course requirements, teaching support, deadlines, and teaching awards.

 


WID Course Guidelines

Because appropriate amounts of writing will vary across disciplines (for example, mathematics students generally write less than philosophy students), the instructor will determine appropriate course guidelines for assignments and target appropriate quantities of writing. While the amounts of writing may vary, all WID courses will

  • require students to write throughout the course rather than only at the end of the course;
  • provide opportunities to revise writing assignments in collaboration with peers and faculty;
  • require students to complete multiple writing projects designed to communicate for different purposes and with a variety of audiences; and
  • teach the conventions of writing and thinking in a particular discipline or in a particular interdisciplinary context.

Some WID instructors may require students to take mid-terms, finals or other exams, but graded writing assignments, with opportunities for revision, will constitute a large percentage of the final course grade.

Faculty are encouraged to be innovative in their course design. Courses in different disciplines (for example, a biology course on evolution or genetics and an anthropology course on human paleobiology) may be linked together, occasionally meeting together in a larger group in order to explore the similarities and differences between the disciplines.

 


Course Proposal Information

To propose a WID course, fill out the WID Course Proposal Form.

Submission Deadlines

  • Dec 1 for the following Fall-term courses
  • May 1 for the following Spring-term courses
  • Dec 1 for upcoming Summer courses

NOTE: The WID Course Approval process is two-fold: 1) your course will not officially have 'WID' status until you receive approval from the program (decisions are returned generally within the following the deadline) and 2) until your deparment has initiated a request to have a "W" section of your course created in Courseleaf. You will need to speak to your department's Courseleaf Administrator to initiate this requirement. Once a faculty member has completed their proposal and received a decision from the WID Director, WID's Courseleaf personnel will then approve the open request in the Courseleaf queue, so that it may continue along the workflow before posting to Banner. Turnaround on new WID courses can take several weeks. Faculty are encouraged to apply a year in advance to ensure their WID courses get posted to upcoming course schedules in time for registration. 

The WID program does not grant retroactive WID status for a course offered without the W designation. Students will not receive WID credit for a course that does not have the W designation at the time of registration.

Please direct all questions about this form and process to Gil Huerta, Deptartment Operations Coordinator - UWP, at ghuerta@gwu.edu.

 


WID Course Support: WID GAs and PWPs

Each semester, the WID Program provides funding for WID faculty to hire graduate or undergraduate students, in the following appointment categories, to assist with the writing component of their WID courses:

WID Graduate Assistants (WID GAs) are advanced MA or PhD students in the faculty member's home department or a related department and are paid a salary to grade papers, read drafts, and meet with students to discuss their writing.  To qualify, the course must enroll a minimum of 20 students.  Salary and hours per week start at $1,200 for the semester and about 5 hours/week and increase incrementally with enrollment, up to $3,800 for the semester and about 20 hours/week.  GAs are intended to make the workload manageable, but they should not be expected to do more than 50 percent of the grading in a WID course. If you are interested in hiring a GA, fill out the WID Graduate Assistant Request Form.

Please direct all questions about this form to Gil Huerta, Dept. Operations Coordinator - UWP, at ghuerta@gwu.edu.

WID Graduate Assistant duties may include:

  • assisting in grading and evaluating for the writing intensive part of the course;
  • designing assignments;
  • leading discussion sections;
  • leading peer review meetings;
  • holding office hours to consult with individual students; and
  • locating and preparing materials or activities that are relevant to the teaching topic.

Submission Deadlines to apply for a WID GA

  • March 1 for Fall courses
  • October 1 for Spring courses
  • March 1 for Summer courses

 

Peer Writing Preceptors (PWPs) are outstanding undergraduate students with a strong interest in writing and the ability to provide informal "coaching" and feedback to their fellow undergraduates, though they are not permitted to do formal "grading." Preceptors are typically nominated by a former professor and serve in courses in which they themselves have excelled.  The Peer Writing Preceptorship initiative offers an opportunity for select undergraduate students to work closely with a faculty mentor and gain experience in teaching. Preceptors will be awarded a stipend of $1,125, and faculty mentoring a student for the first time will receive an honorarium of $500.  Funding is limited to WID courses enrolling 18 or more students. If you are interested in hiring a peer writing perceptor, fill out the WID Peer Writing Preceptor request form.

Peer Writing Preceptor duties may include

  • providing responses and suggestions for improvements on student writing;
  • reviewing outlines and rough drafts for coherence, clarity of purpose, argument, etc; and
  • leading peer review meetings.

The deadline to apply for Peer Writing Preceptors is April 15 for the upcoming Fall semester and December 1 for the upcoming Spring semester. WID does not supply PWP support for summer sessions.

Please direct all questions about this request form to Gil Huerta, Dept. Operations Coordinator - UWP, at ghuerta@email.gwu.edu.

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