Davis Faculty Fellow Spotlight

"Writing an effective and passionate paper is similar to the steps taken to creating a character and performance.

"It's no accident that my students who write well are also great actors."

— Professor Adrianne Krstansky

Davis faculty fellow spotlight

"Writing is not only something to be taught reactively, through feedback on drafts, but also proactively using exercises that help students think critically about the choices they will make when constructing papers." 

— Professor David Cunningham (Sociology)

Grant Schedule

 

Fall 2008

  • Professor Dawn Skorczewski met with first group of Faculty fellows
  • Faculty Fellows review 45 upper-level writing samples, create rubric for teaching/evaluating writing, create student handouts, create model writing assignments for faculty and other teaching tools

Spring 2009

  • Skorczewski, Faculty Fellows, and Head Teaching Fellow conducted training sessions for first group of Teaching Fellows
  • First group of Faculty Fellows taught writing-intensive course to six classes using new standards and new assignments, each assisted by one Teaching Fellow
  • Joint meetings for Faculty Fellows and Teaching Fellows
  • Questionnaires administered for Fellows and pilot program students
  • Skorczewski and Head Teaching Fellow observed Faculty Fellows’ classes and Teaching Fellows’ student workshops
  • Papers from Faculty Fellows’ classes and control group uploaded to e-portfolio system and evaluated at end of the semester by Faculty Fellows and Teaching Fellows

Fall 2009

  • Second group of six Faculty Fellows and six Teaching Fellows recruited
  • First group of Faculty Fellows trained second group of Faculty Fellows during a series of workshops. Both groups filled out evaluations.
  • First group of Teaching Fellows and Head Teaching Fellow trained second group of Teaching Fellows

Spring 2010

  • Skorczewski, Faculty Fellows, and Head Teaching Fellow conducted training session for second group of Teaching Fellows
  • Second group of Faculty Fellows taught writing-intensive courses to six classes using new standards and new assignments, each assisted by one Teaching Fellow (from second group)
  • Questionnaires administered for Fellows and pilot program students
  • Skorczewski and Head Teaching Fellow observed Faculty Fellows’ classes and Teaching Fellows’ student workshops
  • Papers from classes of second group of Faculty Fellows and control group uploaded to e-portfolio system and evaluated at end of the semester by Faculty Fellow and Teaching Fellow

Summer 2010

  • Skorczewski and Head Teaching Fellow led Davis Summer Writing Institute for 12 faculty.  Faculty designed sequenced assignments, writing exercises and rubrics for use in Writing Intensive Courses scheduled for the 2010-11 academic year.

Fall 2010

  • Second group of Faculty Fellows conducted workshops in their departments to disseminate their work with the Davis Grant