Stacy Tanner, Ph.D, Department of Philosophy

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Department of PhilosophyAfter years of teaching history and humanities at the college level, I still found myself frustrated with the disparities between what I thought I was asking my students to accomplish within a writing assignment and the product they submitted. I could not see the forest for the trees. It was time to take a hard look at my writing assignments. The WAC program offered the time and space to revise my writing assignments and align them with the learning outcomes of the... Read More

Reflective Assessment of a Course And The Importance of Advanced Levels of Writing: After Graduation and Beyond

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Martha Garcia is associate professor in the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures. She is UCF alumna and returned as a faculty member in 2005 from Vanderbilt University where she earned her doctorate degree. She teaches Spanish language, literature, and culture classes, and courses in her areas of research in literature and theatre: Spanish Medieval, Spanish Golden Age, and the Enlightenment of Spain. She is currently working on her fourth book manuscript and several other academic... Read More

An Interview with Dan Murphree, Winner of the Schell Award for Implementing Innovative Writing Instruction in the Disciplines

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On the morning of Friday, April 18, 2014, I had the pleasure of interviewing associate professor Dan Murphree from the Department of History about his prior experiences in the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Faculty Fellows program. Dan was a Fellow during the spring 2012 semester and has since incorporated many lessons about writing assignment design and scaffolding into his courses. For these efforts, professor Murphree was awarded the first Schell Award for Innovative Writing Instruction... Read More

WAC for Historians: Using ‘Fine-Tuned’ Writing Assignments to Teach Students Disciplinary Ways of Thinking

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Scot French is an associate professor in the Department of History. Dr. French is a digital public historian who specializes in the interpretation of cultural landscapes and sites of memory associated with African American, Southern, and Atlantic World history."To date, Ive evaluated four WAC-inspired assignments, with very promising results. My students are showing me how much they can learn about history by doing history through finely tuned research and writing assignments.... Read More

Adapting a Writing Assignment from Chemistry for an Undergraduate Research Program in NanoScience

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Andre J. Gesquiere is an Associate Professor at University of Central Florida, where he holds a position in the NanoScience Technology Center, with joint appointments in the Department of Chemistry and The College of Optics and Photonics (CREOL). His research program is focused on nanomaterials for biophotonics and biosensing, and energy conversion materials and devices.This summer, UCFs NanoScience Technology Center and Materials Science and Engineering Program hosted a summer research... Read More