WID Course Support

WID Course Guidelines, Course Proposal Procedures, and GA Requests

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

  • teach students to write in modes characteristic of the discipline or interdisciplinary field, attending to the discipline's genres, purposes, and audiences.
  • stage writing assignments that build upon each other throughout the course, providing scaffolding support as needed.
  • ask students to draft and revise in response to substantive feedback from faculty and peers; each student should gain practice in providing meaningful peer response.
  • value such disciplinary work by assigning graded writing (excluding timed exams) as at least 40 percent of the course grade.

Faculty are encouraged to be innovative in their course design. This can take many forms, such as linking assignments in which early writing becomes part of a larger final project. Writing could have a more public component, with the goal of presenting GW's Research Days, publishing in the GW Undergradaute review journal, or some other kind of class event.


Course Proposal Information

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

Submission Deadlines

  • Dec 1 for the following Fall and Summer terms
  • April 1 for the following Spring term

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 at [email protected].


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.  Starting Fall 2017, WID will be required to match the GA salary bands consistent with CCAS course-by-course hires.  WID will continue to offer additional opportunities through paid GA workshops and summer training.  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. Faculty will also be required to draw up a written agreement that lists duties, estimates labor per task, and enumerates expectations for classroom support. If you are interested in being considered for a WID GA, fill out the WID Graduate Assistant Request Form. You may nominate graduate students you wish to work with in this form as well. Please provide their name, email, and GWIDs as part of your submission. 

Please direct all questions about this form to Gil Huerta, Dept. Operations Coordinator at [email protected]. No emailed GA hire requests will be accepted. 

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

  • April 15 for Fall courses
  • Nov. 1 for Spring courses
  • Nov. 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. Preceptor wages may not exceed the total budgeted cap of $1,500.00, and WID faculty mentoring a student for the first time will receive an honorarium of $500.00.  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 funding for PWP support during summer sessions.

Please direct all questions about this request form to Gil Huerta, Dept. Operations Coordinator at [email protected].

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