Resources for Teaching Writing

The Writing and Rhetoric Program supports the teaching of writing by organizing and encouraging faculty conversations about writing across the curriculum, writing within the disciplines, and writing beyond the academy. In addition to hosting conversations about writing, we create, collect and share written materials that pertain to the teaching of writing. The links to the left (Ten Practices, Ten Rubrics, etc.) are designed specifically for faculty and many include information that was collaboratively developed across centers, programs and departments at Middlebury.

Collaborations of ours you may find useful include: Teaching Writing Online compiled by Sarah Payne in Digital Learning and Inquiry; and Write Like a Scientist, a teaching website, developed by Professor Molly Costanza Robinson.

The links and handouts to the right might be useful to share with students. None of the available materials are intended to be prescriptive but can be borrowed and adapted as desired.

If you seek models or avenues for publishing student work, read about Hector Vila's website, Blurring Boundaries

Writing and Rhetoric Program faculty are available for individual consultation regarding the teaching of writing (designing assignments, incorporating writing into your syllabus, etc.). To consult with us over email, phone or to set up a meeting in person, contact any member of the program:Catharine Wright, Hector VilaJames Sanchez, Genie Giaimo, or Shawna Shapiro (Professor Sanchez is on sabbatical 21'-22').

Annual Writing and Teaching Retreat

All faculty are invited to the Annual Writing and Teaching Retreat where they have a chance to plan assignments, fine-tune syllabi, meet colleagues from other divisions and benefit from their colleagues' teaching experiences. Presentations and panels introduce approaches to teaching that have proven successful in different disciplines, while small-group discussions give each faculty member a chance to work on particular assignments and syllabi. The annual retreat is organized in collaboration with the Center for Teaching, Learning and Research.

Writing and Rhetoric Program

Catharine Wright, Director
Chellis House, 201

Tiffany Wilbur, Coordinator
Mahaney Arts Center, 202