New Instructor Orientation

The ISU Writing Program provides an orientation week for instructors new to the Writing Program each year.  In general, this group is made up of new M.A. and Ph.D. students in the Department of English Studies, but we often welcome experienced English Studies graduate students who haven’t taught in the Writing Program before, as well as new NTT or Contingent faculty.

The New Instructor Orientation is required for ISU graduate students scheduled to teach Writing Program Courses, but is also an option we encourage for new NTT and Contingent faculty.

Because our ISU Writing Program has a very different set of teaching philosophies, concepts and pedagogies from most Writing Programs, the Orientation is an opportunity for new folks to learn about our program and also to build a syllabus for teaching or work on techniques for tutoring in the 101.10 course.

Orientation Fall 2014 schedule – Short Version (sample only)

Each Fall the Orientation begins at 8:30 AM on the Thursday that is 2 weeks before the beginning of the semester.  The actual date changes each year (according to the calendar and ISU’s start date), but the orientation is always 5 full days starting on that Thursday through the next Wednesday. [Note:  This is following by event for all Writing Program instructors as part of our Writing Program Summit each fall, which is also required for all graduate assistants teaching in the Writing Program].

Our orientation is designed to work with the needs of a wide range of instructors with different levels and types of teaching experience. We value the experience that all of you will bring to this space, while at the same time we’re excited to work with you to help you understand and incorporate our pedagogies into your teaching-knowledge repertoire.

If you have questions about orientation, you can contact the Writing Program Director, Joyce Walker, who will be happy to answer questions or meet or skype with you to discuss the ISU writing program in more details.

New Instructors who want to get a head start on preparing for orientation can do so by reading through our website (including course information, our Philosophy Statement and particularly our ISU Instructor’s Guide).