[Parentsgroup-list] Graduate Writing Fellows Program (fwd)

Christine Dianne Wenc wenc at fas.harvard.edu
Thu Aug 4 12:19:31 EDT 2005

Hi all--Just wanted to let you know, if you don't already, about the
existence of the Bok Center's TF training programs.  They're usually very
good, covering all disciplines, & I have found them quite
helpful--especially with becoming more efficient.  Here's
a writing workshop coming
up this fall.  (Should give you plenty of time to find a babysitter...)


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Date: Thu, 4 Aug 2005 12:08:25 -0400
From: Cassandra Volpe Horii <cvolpe at fas.harvard.edu>
To: Recipient List Suppressed:  ;
Subject: Graduate Writing Fellows Program


I'm writing because you have either expressed interest in the
Graduate Writing Fellows program or you've been recommended to me by
a former participant.  Details and requirements are below-please take
a look and respond with the information requested if you'd like to
apply, or let me know if you have any questions.  I look forward to
hearing from you.


(PS: Apologies if you've received this notice more than once.  This
version has correct dates below.)
Cassandra Volpe Horii, Ph.D., Associate Director
Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning
Harvard University
617-331-9779 (cell); 617-495-4869 (office)

  Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning

Are you looking for ways to become more efficient and effective at
grading and commenting on student papers?  Do you want to learn sound
techniques for creating good writing assignments and for enhancing
student learning by incorporating writing into your section?

If so, the Graduate Writing Fellows program can provide you with
time-saving, pedagogically sound strategies for responding to
students' writing, designing assignments, and using writing in the
classroom.  A two-day training session at the beginning of the
semester focuses on how students learn and on research about teaching
writing. TFs also practice grading and commenting on actual student
papers. Three catered dinner meetings throughout the semester offer
further guidance and support.

Requirements: New and experienced TFs, TAs, and other instructors
from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.  Participants must be
teaching Harvard undergraduates in courses or tutorials with
substantial writing components during the semester in which they join
the Graduate Writing Fellows group.  Fellows complete a memo at the
beginning of the semester and a final report at the end of the

For more information and/or application materials, please contact:
  Cassandra Volpe Horii, Ph.D.
  Derek Bok Center Associate Director
  cvolpe at fas.harvard.edu, 617-495-4869

Space is limited, so please reply promptly with the following
information if you're interested:

Your G year:


E-mail address:

Mail address:

Telephone number:

Course(s) you will teach, fall 2005:

    Course Number(s):


    Brief description of writing components (e.g., term paper,
response papers, etc.):

Will you attend the 2-day training program on Monday, September 12
and Tuesday, September 13, 2005, approximately 9:00am to 5:00pm both

We will also schedule three dinner meetings according to participant
availability, one each in October, November, and December.  How
likely is it that you'll be able to attend these evening meetings?

What questions, if any, do you have about the Graduate Writing Fellows program?

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Spring 2005 GWF Participant Reviews:

"Overall, I found this to be one of the most useful seminars on
professional development that I have participated in...I was given
the chance to reflect on teaching in a way that is often difficult
when you are pressed for time.  The handouts and literature we
received all provided me with food for thought.  I doubt that I will
ever teach in the same way again."

"The GWF program was tremendously beneficial to the course and to me
as a teacher.  High among the benefits: being reminded that content
transfer isn't the main point of teaching; being given concrete ideas
of how to make a course writing-enhanced without detracting from its
seriousness and rigor; having other interested teachers to bounce
ideas and concerns off of."

"By introducing me to the idea of the 'novice writer,' it helped me
to view weak papers in a new light; flawed writing no longer
triggered frustration, but rather signaled the student's engagement
in the learning process.  The GWF Program also challenged me to
integrate writing throughout the course so that final papers were not
the only opportunities to respond to students' writing."

"One great benefit of this program was the chance to interact with
TFs from other departments and to hear that my struggles weren't mine

Cassandra Volpe Horii, PhD, Associate Director
Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning
Harvard University
617-331-9779 (cell); 617-495-4869 (office)

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