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Writing Summit 2017 



Schedule of Events February 10th, 2017


Bolger Conference Center's Lehr Dining Room in Gordinier Hall

11am           Lunch 


11:30am      Provost Convocation Address 

11:45am​      Introduction of Key Note Speaker (Jeff Adams)  


11:45am      Key Note address "Teaching for Transfer: Moving from What to How

                            Kara Taczak, PhD 

                            Teaching Assistant Professor, University of Denver



12:45pm      Progress Update on English's Writing Strategies (Jill Craven) 

Bolger Conference Center's Old Main Room in Gordinier Hall

1:00pm        Keynote Workshop (Writing Transfer) 


1:45pm        Writing to Learn Roundtable Workshops 


2:30pm        Creative Writing Prompts and Effective Assignments Roundtable Workshops 

Keynote Workshop (Writing Transfer)

Kara Taczak will focus on how to implement the Teaching for Transfer model. This Roundtable Workshop will help faculty with teaching their writing assignments to better emphasize teaching students which knowledge to reference and which practices to employ in writing situations in your course. 

Roundtable Workshops will be held in Old Main.

Writing to Learn Roundtable Workshops


Table Presenters will focus on approaches to using writing to help students understand the process of discovery and learning within disciplines.

Roundtable Workshops will be held in Old Main.

  • Table #1: Dr. Kerrie Farkas - Transportable Writing Tool
  • Table #2: Dr. William Archibald - Writing to Learn by Referring Students to Writing Center Early and Often
  • Table #3: Dr. Justin Mando - Writing to Learn Key Science Concepts 

Creative Writing Prompts and Effective Assignments Roundtable Workshops

Table Presenters will focus on approaches to creative writing as a mode of learning disciplinary content.

Roundtable Workshops will be held in Old Main.

  • Table #1: Dr. Judy Halden-Sullivan – Thinking Openly
  • Table #2: Dr. A Nicole Pfannenstiel – Thinking with and through Digital Tools
  • Table #3: Dr. Caleb Corkery - Helping students imitate writing in your discipline

Writing Resources

These are links to frequently used writing resources. These are designed to support writing instruction in all writing courses. The first link details the results of the Spring 2016 Writing Across the Curriculum Survey.


Writing Summit 2017 Guest Speaker

"Teaching for Transfer: Moving from What to How” 

Kara Taczak is Teaching Assistant Professor at the University of Denver. Her research centers on the transfer of knowledge and practices: her current project, The Transfer of Transfer Project, examines the efficacy of the Teaching for Transfer curriculum in multiple courses across multiple institutional sites. This research is the second phase of research reported on in her co-authored book, Writing Across Contexts, which was awarded the 2015 CCCC Research Impact award and the 2016 CWPA Book Award. Taczak’s other publications have appeared in Composition ForumTeaching English in a Two-Year College, and Across the Disciplines.

Writing Summit 2017 Roundtable Workshops

The Roundtable Workshops offered as part of the Writing Summit offer faculty across campus the opportunity to meet in small groups with colleagues and Writing Studies faculty. The themes of the Roundtable Workshops reflect writing concepts that will influence discussion and exploration of disciplinary writing assignments. The Workshops focus on finding and discussing strategies to effectively introduce and respond to student writing.


Roundtable Workshops are designed to allow faculty to join and leave as their schedule allows. We encourage faculty to attend multiple tables during the allotted time. We also encourage faculty to bring course materials so Table Presenters can help you enhance your curriculum.

Center for Academic Excellence

The Writing Summit 2017 will feature book giveaways provided by the Center for Academic Excellence. Be sure to enter in the raffle drawing!

Giveaway #1:

Writing Across Contexts: Transfer, Composition, and Sites of Writing by Kathleen Blake Yancey, Liane Robertson and Kara Taczak (our guest speaker)

Giveaway #2:

The Transportable Writing Tool: A Guide for Writing and Revising by Kerrie Farkas


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