Faculty Spotlight

"I could not believe how effectively my colleagues had designed classes with a series of linked short writing exercises, culminating in a single longer piece of writing that was almost woven out of those bits and pieces. It's changed how I design both undergraduate and gradate classes."

— Professor John Plotz (English)

faculty spotlight

"A rubric for evaluating writing, while flexible enough to allow for wide variation across modes of instruction, works to both guide students' writing and structure faculty grading."

— Professor Daniel Kryder (Politics)

Useful Links

Along with giving background information on the Davis Foundation, the links below supply information on initiatives to train students to write in multiple disciplines at institutions across the country.

From 2008 through 2010, The Davis Educational Foundation generously funded Brandeis University's project to create a consistent culture of writing. The Foundation is known for its support for teaching and education at colleges and universities throughout New England.

The Writing across the Curriculum (WAC) Clearinghouse at Colorado State University is a hub of information and a library of links to studies, programs and individuals invested in teaching different forms across a student's time in university and across departmental lines.

With handouts, exercises and clear information, the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue is an extensive resource for writers and teachers of writers. The site has a writeup of the terms often used in projects to standardize writing across universities or colleges, and offers information on structure, argumentation, citation, grammar and the like. OWL offers guidelines on Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) and Writing in the Disciplines (WID).