Call for Applications: GWAR Mentoring Program
The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning (DUEAP) invites applications for the Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) Mentoring Program. This program is designed to provide support to faculty new to teaching GWAR while giving experienced GWAR instructors an opportunity for growth and development. The initiative reflects the university’s commitment to the GWAR program and to the teaching of writing within the discipline to facilitate student success. The GWAR Mentorship Program will pair instructors who are new to teaching GWAR courses with more experienced faculty to work together for one semester. Eligible mentors will have taught GWAR courses for several semesters and will be expected to provide support for GWAR course design, effective teaching strategies, and assessment of student learning. Eligible mentees will be teaching a GWAR course in the spring and will be expected to collaborate with mentors throughout the semester. Each pair will receive support and guidance from the WAC/WID program.
We encourage applicants from all faculty ranks (lecturers, tenure-track, and tenured) across the university; individuals will be paired to collaborate closely in the spring of 2016. Inquiries about the program can be sent to Juliana van Olphen (firstname.lastname@example.org), Associate Professor of Health Education and Director of Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines (WAC/WID) or to Jennifer Swanson (email@example.com), Associate Director of WAC/WID. Please complete the application form on this page and send the form as well as any supplementary materials to Jennifer Swanson (firstname.lastname@example.org) by December 9, 2016. Successful applicants will be notified by January 6, 2017 and will be expected to attend an orientation at the faculty retreat on January 19, 2017. Both mentor and mentee will receive a small stipend for their participation.
Mentors in the program will
- reflect on their own teaching skills and experience;
- hone their GWAR teaching strategies by sharing them with other faculty;
- explore best practices through collaborative planning and problem-solving;
- learn about new approaches to teaching writing through support from the WAC/WID program and other colleagues.
Mentees in the program will
- identify and address challenges in teaching GWAR;
- develop and practice effective strategies for teaching writing;
- receive support related to planning and facilitating lesson, materials development, and assessment of student learning;
- contribute to the SF State community by sharing their experiences teaching GWAR and participating in the Mentorship Program.