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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 writ@umn.edu 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.

Instructor Symposiums

Our instructor symposiums are an opportunity for writing studies instructors to participate in a teaching community that supports their work as instructors. Typically, our advanced and first year writing symposiums are offered in May 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.

Great Plains Alliance for Computers and Writing (GPACW)

The Department of Writing Studies at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities is delighted to host the 21st Great Plains Alliance for Computers and Writing Conference on Saturday, October 21st, 2017. This year’s conference theme will explore “New Realities in Computers and Writing.” Please visit the 2017 GPACW confernce website for more information.