CSU Faculty Center Announces 2011-2012 Writing Fellows, Grantees

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Columbus State University’s Faculty Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning has announced the 2011-2012 QEP writing fellows and grant recipients.

writing graphicThe fellows, who each receive $2,000, meet to discuss the improvement of writing on campus as part of the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan.

The grantees, each receiving $1,000 to $2,500, will establish writing-related projects in their departments. This is the fifth year the center has offered the incentives.

The main objective of the center is to implement the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan, titled Writing the Solution: Steps Toward Developing Competent and Professional Student Writers.

The faculty center’s six QEP writing fellows meet regularly to discuss the most effective ways to incorporate and respond to student writing in their classrooms. They also take on leading roles in faculty forums on the teaching of writing at CSU.  The new QEP fellows are:QEP fellows

  • John Finley, assistant professor of business management.
  • Fred Gordon, assistant professor of political science.
  • Claire McCoy, William B. and Sue Marie Turner Distinguished Faculty Chair in Art History.
  • Fatima Pastor, assistant professor of Spanish.
  • Susan Tomkiewicz, assistant professor of music.
  • Markus Weidler, lecturer of philosophy.

The fellows represent diverse writing backgrounds, with each of CSU’s four academic colleges represented. They are currently meeting to prepare writing initiatives that will go into effect in their spring 2012 classes.

Iris Saltiel, the center’s director, says the center also acknowledges the efforts of student and faculty. Each year, the center hosts the Celebration of Student Writing event that includes awards for students and the Outstanding Teacher of Writing award. The 2012 ceremony will take place April 12.

The center’s appointed QEP grantees implement faculty projects that will enhance student learning through writing.  The QEP grantees are:

  • Barbara Johnston, an art history assistant professor who plans to redevelop writing assignments for upper-division art history classes.
  • Erinn Bentley and Deniz Peker, an assistant professor of English education and an assistant professor of science education who will develop a What to Expect in Your Classroom resource website, or wiki, for education majors.
  • Katey Hughes, an associate biology professor who will overhaul lab reports and assessment in upper-division biology classes.

Angela Green, assistant professor of English, serves as the center’s QEP writing specialist who works with the writing fellows. Green says the initiatives provide additional resources for teachers as well as compensation for learning innovation.

“These initiatives provide a forum for professors to pool their resources and foster dialogue,” she said. “Ultimately, it helps to build the CSU educational community.”

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