What is a Writing Fellow?
A Writing Fellow is an experienced undergraduate writing consultant who is “embedded” in the course, working with the instructor and students for the entire semester. In the simplest sense, they are devoted to your course. WFs meet with instructors to understand writing assignments, give in-class writing workshops, and meet one-on-one with students to discuss their writing. WFs promote writing in the classroom, collaborating with faculty and helping students better understand writing assignments, brainstorm content, and revise drafts. They serve as facilitators of learning, largely in part by providing constructive critique of student writing. The KU Writing Center first piloted writing fellows in 2012, and since then, we’ve been in courses in a variety of levels and disciplines—like Humanities, American Studies, History, English, Biology and Geology, just to name a few.
Why Should I Consider Applying?
You can read more about the benefits of a WF here, but our goals are simple: to support faculty in their teaching of writing and to support students in their writing.
How Does It Work?
Faculty apply for a WF at this link: http://writing.ku.edu/writing-fellows. If you apply, we will then reach out to learn more about your class (like assignments, the type of support you think your students will need, etc) and which “model” you’d like to follow. Once we determine whether or not a WF would be a good fit for your course, we’ll create more specific plans/schedule for the semester and plan an in-person meeting. When the semester starts, your WF will give the workshops we agree upon, consult one-on-one with your students and be in contact with you as necessary.
Are There Any Requirements?
Faculty who are teaching a 16-week course with at least two major writing assignments or a scaffolded semester-long project are welcome to apply. Faculty should be willing to work collaboratively with the WF and the KUWC Assistant Director and adhere to the schedule agreed upon at the beginning of the semester.