Connections and Collaborations
If your program wants to partner with the Writing across the Curriculum Program on a project or initiative, contact Deborah Schlacks at firstname.lastname@example.org with your idea. We eagerly seek such connections!
Currently, the program partners with a variety of other UW-Superior programs. Here is a sample:
Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL):
--CETL Book Club on John Bean's book Engaging Ideas, facilitated by WAC Coordinator Deborah Schlacks, was held in Fall 2010. Seven faculty and teaching staff from across the disciplines participated.
--Through the CETL Digital Storytelling Project, the WAC Program has had two instructors and two students thus far make digital stories concerning their development as writers. Visit the Digital Storytelling Project site to view their stories. (Use the Digital Stories tab.)
--Fall 2010 Staff Enhancement Day featured two major events co-sponsored by WAC and CETL: a noon luncheon and keynote address by Dr. Brad Hughes, Writing across the Curriculum Director at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, followed by an afternoon WAC Workshop facilitated by Dr. Hughes. Fifty nine (including 13 local high school teachers) attended the luncheon and keynote; 23 participated in the workshop.
Distance Learning Center:
--WAC and DLC collaborated to develop and offer an online chat consultation service in the Writing Center. (This service began in March 2010.)
--A current WAC Grantee's project concerns a Distance Learning course (the first grant project involving such a course).
International Programs/Global Awareness Program:
--WAC has developed and offers the one-credit independent study course WRIT 208, Journaling for Study Away Students to serve the needs of study-away students from UW-Superior.
--The ESL Writing instructor offers special training to new Writing Consultants in the Writing Center on working with second-language learners.
McNair Scholars Program:
--The WAC Coordinator provides a session for McNair Scholars concerning citation and other writing issues.
Women's and Gender Studies Program:
--WAC and WGST co-sponsor the annual Women's and Gender Studies Essay Contest and also co-host the yearly reception honoring contest winners and runners-up.
--WAC and WGST co-sponsor the Words on Women Literary Reading, held each year during March (Women's History Month).
Department of Writing & Library Science:
--The WAC Coordinator offers the one-credit independent study course WRIT 265, Writing Center Internship, which helps fulfill a requirement for students minoring in writing in this academic program.
--WAC staff and Writing Program staff confer regularly on mutual issues. The Writing Program offers first-year writing, creative-writing courses that fulfill the general-education aesthetic experience requirement, a business and professional writing course that is required of business and social work majors, and the Writing Minor. Meanwhile, the WAC Program is concerned with the writing students do in courses other than these dedicated writing courses. Thus the emphases of these two programs are complementary.
--Deborah Schlacks (WAC Coordinator), Jamie White-Farnham (Writing Program Coordinator), and Carolyn Caffrey Gardner (Reference and Informative Literacy Librarian) are teaming up for a panel entitled "Among the 'Swirl of Actors' in the Public U: The Challenge of Cross-Disciplinary Instructional Outreach and Assessment," for the Conference on College Composition and Communication Convention in Las Vegas in March 2013.
WAC also collaborates with the Lake Superior Writers Group to host a biannual writers conference held on the UW-Superior campus. Students can attend the day of workshops free of charge.