The ISU Writing Program offers a range of professional development activities. In Fall 2013, we’ll be focusing on the following activities:
- Experimental Teaching Groups: We try to have a working group each semester that focuses on a specific area of our Writing Program Pedagogies. In Fall 2013, we’ll be focusing on student research: Experimental Teaching group fall 2013.
- Coffee Klatches: These are informal get-togethers (bring your lunch!) where instructors share research or practices they think other instructors might be interested in. Contact Chamere Poole if you are interested in organizing a Coffee Klatch, and check out our calendar for dates of different events.
- Tech Times: Also known as Tech Times, these sessions are beginner-level introductions to hardware, software, and other technologies that instructors may want to use in their teaching. Contact Ryan Edel.
- Podcasts On Teaching: Starting in spring 2013, we began work on a Writing Program Podcast series. We have a first podcast (on making podcasts) which you can access through our blog. But starting in Fall 2013, we’re going to be publising a podcast series on teaching issues (especially teaching issues related to our program’s focus on Genre Studies and Activity Theory). These podcasts will be live sessions, where instructors are welcome to come and participate and ask questions. See our calendar of upcoming events.
We also provide instructors with information about professional development expectations and opportunities in our ISU Instructor’s Guide:
- Professional Development for ISU Writing Program Instructors: An overview of opportunities and expectations
- Professional Development Recognition Form: This form can be filled out by Writing Program Instructors each semester. Filling out the form registers you for various levels of Writing Program awards, designed to support and encourage active instructors in the program.