Writing Fellows

The Allan K. Smith Center for Writing and Rhetoric is excited to announce a new pilot-program for Trinity College faculty who want to undertake an exploration of writing pedagogy in their classrooms. Five faculty participants will form a colloquium that will read, discuss, and write in response to assigned readings and propose applications of the readings to the writing intensive courses they teach (or plan to teach).  The Writing Fellows program will offer eight courses spread over two semesters and explore the following sample topics:

  1. Using writing-to-learn assignments to teach disciplinary specific content
  2. Assigning, Responding, and Grading writing (exams, essays, research papers, lab reports)
  3. Using student-teacher conferences, peer review, and writing center for student feedback
  4. Scaffolding writing assignments
  5. Teaching students to write according to disciplinary features
  6. Teaching students the process of writing (short or long assignments)
  7. Using technology in the writing process
  8. Working with ESL and ELL students

Writing Fellows receive a stipend and form a colloquium that gathers once per month to discuss readings on selected topics that will build toward a final project.  Writing Fellows will apply writing to learn and learning to write techniques to the writing intensive courses that they teach.  Training in writing pedagogy not only helps faculty members develop as teachers, but allows faculty to use time more efficiently to balance research and teaching responsibilities. Faculty accepted to the Writing Fellows program will also write a final report applying what they learned to a specific course, and make a public presentation sharing their conclusions.


Fall Semester 2017 

1-3pm Writing Center

August 25
Tennyson O’Donnell Rhetoric of Source Integration (research writing)
September 22
Irene Papoulis Writing to Learn (writing to discussion to formal writing)
October 27
Nick Marino Writing and Community Learning
November 17
Erin Frymire Features and Functions of Disciplinary Writing
December 8
Tennyson O’Donnell Assigning, Responding, and Grading Writing

Spring Semester 2018

3-5pm Writing Center 

January 26
Nick Marino Technology and Writing
February 23
Irene Papoulis  Teaching Reading to Teach Writing
March 30
Erin Frymire  ESL Students and Writing


Writing Fellows Presentations

Tuesday, April 10 Common Hour 

Dangremond Family Commons 104

Writing Fellows 2017-2018

Hilary E. Wyss, Allan K. Smith and Gwendolyn Miles Smith Professor of English
Hilay E. Wyss

Shane Ewegen, Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Megan Faver Hartline, Associate Director of Community Learning Initiative

Michelle Kovarik, Assistant Professor of Chemistry