Please submit an application by 2:00 PM on October 2, 2013.
Overview and Description
Recent assessment data has revealed that many of our students have inaccurate perceptions of their reading and writing skills. Many students overestimate their ability, but then encounter significant obstacles when facing difficult reading assignments/textbooks or writing assignments in their classes. Additionally, many instructors recognize the need to incorporate reading and writing strategies in their classes in order to help students accomplish reading and writing-related tasks in their discipline, but they find addressing those needs challenging. Faculty teaching in non-writing or reading disciplines often despair over the lack of student preparedness in regards to reading and writing at the college level. In order to address this problem, the Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum Faculty Inquiry Team (FIT) would research both student and faculty perspectives on reading and writing across the disciplines (challenges, expectations, strategies, rhetorical structures within various disciplines, etc.). In addition to conducting research among our own students and faculty, the FIT would also review current research literature related to this topic to find best practices to address this issue. Upon completion of the research, the FIT would share the research, recommend specific instructional strategies for various disciplines, and create student tools and resources for various disciplines.
The FIT will meet once a month on a Friday from 1-3pm with additional meetings as needed, including sub-group meetings, scheduled around the availability of the participants. FIT members will be expected to actively participate in all meetings, assist in developing, conducting, and analyzing research around the topic, creating best practices and other related materials, and sharing the results to the campus community. FIT members will receive $1000 in FOSA after completing the FIT at the end of the Spring 2014 semester.
Application Process and Procedures
If you are interested in participating in this FIT, please submit an application by 2:00 PM on October 2, 2013. The Faculty Success Center Advisory Committee will review all applications according to the criteria in the application and send the names to Faculty Senate for approval.
The FIT will have its first meeting on Friday, October 18, 2013 from 1-3pm in the FSC. FIT research and meetings will continue until the end of the Spring 2014 semester. Sharing of results will likely continue during the 2014-2015 year.
The Selection Process
The composition of this FIT will be made up of at least 2 English Faculty, 6 Faculty from different disciplines/Schools, 1 Counselor, and 1 Instructional Specialist that facilitates reading or writing. Of the 10 faculty participants, we also hope to have 2 adjunct instructors so that their perspective is included in the research and best practices. If not all spots from a particular group are filled, the pool will open up to other instructors at that point.