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Scholarship & Professional Development

The Department of Writing Studies hosts several scholarly and professional development events each semester. Please see News & Events for the schedule of upcoming events or contact the department at for more information.

Current Research in Writing Studies

Once per month during the school year, graduate students and faculty discuss their research in progress at a "parlor" held in Nolte. Typical student topics include dissertation chapters, trial runs for conferences, and articles that are being prepared for publication. Some sessions feature faculty-led research teams that discuss the multiple dimensions of an ongoing project.

Teachers Teaching Teachers

Teachers Teaching Teachers (TTT) is an opportunity for writing studies instructors to participate in a teaching community that supports their work as instructors. Typically, TTT is offered in October, November, February, and April of each academic year. The format includes presentations and discussions by graduate instructors, professional instructors, and faculty.

Professional Development Sessions

The department hosts monthly presentations for professionals on topics such as teaching themed first-year writing courses, engaging quiet students, writing a teaching philosophy, best practices for online teaching, and working with non-native English speaking students in the classroom.

Doing Rhetoric at the U

This conference, organized by graduate students in the writing studies and communication studies departments, asks the question “What does it mean to ‘do rhetoric’ at the University in the 21st century?” Faculty and graduate students interested in rhetoric from all departments are invited to showcase their current research and create new pathways of collaboration across the campus. More information can be found at the Doing Rhetoric website.