What Learning Communities Can and Can't Teach Faculty about Writing Across the Curriculum

February 14, 2019 -
4:00pm to 5:30pm

Dr. Bradley Hughes Writing Center Director and Writing Across the Curriculum Director, University of Wisconsin-Madison 

Based on a study of faculty participating in a learning community on Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) concepts, this talk reports on what faculty learn but also what they miss about teaching with writing in their home disciplines. WAC programs encourage disciplinary faculty to understand the rhetorical dimensions of their disciplines and to develop carefully designed and research-supported pedagogical methods that help students and faculty succeed with writing assignments. This presentation will present new research about which WAC concepts disciplinary faculty learn and activate after participating in a WAC program’s interdisciplinary, semester-long seminar and learning community for faculty and graduate-student instructors at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Using a mixed-methods approach and drawing from some of the latest WAC research and threshold concepts theory, this research conducted jointly by the WAC director and by a graduate-student assistant director—reveals the substantial knowledge that disciplinary faculty and graduate students developed and demonstrated. It also reveals some of the limits of their WAC knowledge, limits that reinforce the value of the crucial knowledge that WAC specialists possess.

Location and Address

501 Cathedral of Learning