Professional Development

The Writing Program encourages all of its instructors to invest in continuous professional development— activities and projects that allow them to critically examine and reflect on the teaching philosophies and strategies, theories and praxes, that guide their work as professional teachers.

Please take a look at the many activities which encourage professional growth as a teacher and scholar.

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Let’s CHAT Podcast Series

Have a long commute?  Just looking to listen to some helpful tips on teaching CHAT?  Then you’re in the right place!

10/29/2013 - Chatting about CHAT

Three Writing Program Instructors discuss their strategies for incorporating CHAT in the classroom.

2/10/2014 - Critical Inquiry Ambassadors

Critical Inquiry Ambassadors from ENG 101, COM 110, and Milner Library discuss their collaboration and what they’ve observed in terms of trends in student research and the commonalities shared across these courses.

3/5/2014 - Transfer and Trajectory

Three Writing Program instructors discuss how they help students extend their understanding of writing to encompass real-world contexts.

3/27/2014 – CHAT in Action

Three Writing Program instructors apply CHAT to their own scholarship, and then discuss how to relate their own work to their teaching.

ISU Writing Summits

The ISU Writing Summit is an opportunity for teachers in the Writing Program to discuss strategies for teaching ENG 101, 101.10, 113, and 145.  Current instructors will give presentations on some of the many approaches to teaching writing through a genre-based approach.

Spring 2014 Summit

Fall 2013 Summit and Program

Spring 2013 Summit: Presentations-Schedule

Fall 2012 Summit: Presentations - Schedule

Spring 2012 Summit

Podcast 3: Transfer and Trajectory

Today’s podcast with Chamere Poole featured Michelle Wright, D.C. Cochran, and Ryan Edel discussing how they share the concepts of transfer and trajectory with their students.  The discussion addressed how students view these concepts and strategies for using Grassroots and other resources to help student undertake effective decision-making in their writing research.

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Download Podcast Agenda (PDF)