An individual consultation is a conversation between a teacher with writing instruction expertise and a teacher with disciplinary expertise. During that conversation, we talk about your learning outcomes and how writing activities can be used to support what you want students to learn. A WAC consultant asks a lot of questions: What are the challenges and constraints you face in a particular course setting? What’s the enrollment? What else is being assigned and why? How well are the course objectives being met? How does this course fit into your discipline’s curriculum?
Here are some courses on which we have consulted:
- HFT4286 – Hospitality Communications, Rosen College of Hospitality Management
- HFT2220 – Hospitality Human Resources, Rosen College of Hospitality Management
- HFT4295 – Hospitality Strategic Management & Leadership, Rosen College of Hospitality Management
- HFT4735 – Tourism Geography, Rosen College of Hospitality Management.
- CHEM 2046 – “Chemistry 2 Lab”, Department of Chemistry
- IDS 2912 – Introduction to Research II, Office of Undergraduate Research
- EUH 4610 – Women in European Society, Medieval to Modern, Department of History
- NUR 3806 – Professional Socialization Seminar, College of Nursing.
- NUH 2002 – Modern Concepts in Nutrition, Department of Health Professions, Health and Public Affairs
Reasons to meet with a WAC consultant
- You’re curious about what writing in your course might look like.
- You want your students to be better critical thinkers and wonder if writing can help.
- You have an idea for a writing assignment, but you’d like some feedback from someone who’s managed a lot of different kinds of writing assignments.
- You’re thinking of adding an online writing assignment, but you’re not sure how to get started, or how to assess it after you’ve assigned it.
- You inherited a course with a writing assignment that doesn’t work for you.
- You created a writing assignment, but after trying it, you realize it needs some tweaking, and you’d like some fresh ideas.
- You like your writing assignment, but grading it is killing you.
- You don’t like your writing assignment, but you don’t know how to re-think it.
- You’ve taught the big research paper at the end of the course for so long that you don’t think you can read another batch of poorly organized and badly cited papers.
What can a WAC consultant do for me?
We listen to your questions and concerns about writing in your course. We often review assignments and/or syllabi to better understand your goals for the course. Then we meet to talk about specific strategies for assignments and activities to address your specific needs.