The Writing Program offers collaborative workshops, individual consultations, and online resources for faculty and departments seeking to refine and polish their skills as writing teachers. 

Faculty Development Workshops -- Fall 2018

Teaching the WID Course 

August 21 from 8:30-3:30 in Althouse 207 

The workshop will provide you with an opportunity to discuss with your colleagues ways in which to shape or refine an existing WID course and make the WID criteria support the content-based learning outcomes of your course. We will discuss:

  • What is WiD? How do I plan a WiD course?
  • How do I create effective assignment prompts?
  • How do I sequence and scaffold writing tasks?

In addition, Emily Marshall and Tony Underwood of the economics department will present their model of an econometrics WiD course.

You will receive lunch and a stipend for participating. 

Joining a Faculty Planning, Writing, and Support Group and Maintaining Work-Life Balance

Thursday, August 30 from 1:00-4:00 in Althouse 110

Facilitators: Noreen Lape, Associate Provost of Academic Affairs/ Director of the Writing Program; Steve Riccio, Lecturer in International Business and Management 

This workshop is for faculty who are interested in joining a weekly Planning, Writing, and Support Group. PWS group provide support, accountability, and, in some cases, feedback for faculty as they make progress toward their scholarship goals, which may range from planning to drafting to revising projects. If you prefer to work with specialists in your field, you may choose to create your own group prior to this meeting. If you wish to join a group and the members need not be specialists, you can form a group at the meeting.

There will be three parts to this session.  

  1. Steve Riccio will discuss work-life balance and introduce participants to Cal Newport’s “Deep Work” scheduling model – a model meant to address the problem, as  Newport describes it, of spending too much of time on “autopilot” and allowing distractions to undermine deep work.  The goal of this discussion is for participants to create their own scheduling model that will yield greater efficiency and work/life balance. 
  2. Participants will form groups (or announce their formation) and discuss the rules of engagement.  
  3. Participants will also learn about the characteristics of effective peer groups – how working with a peer group differs from working with an editor’s peer feedback.   

Facilitating Successful Peer Reviews – Workshop and Lunch

Thursday, September 13 from 12:00-1:00 in Althouse 110

Facilitator: Noreen Lape, Associate Provost of Academic Affairs/ Director of the Writing Program

How do writers become revisers? We will discuss how to explain “global revision” to students, particularly how it differs from editing or proofreading. We will also learn how to set up peer review groups, monitor student performance in those groups, guide students to produce quality feedback, and assess their revisions. Take-aways will include a peer review rubric and revision guides.

Working with Multilingual Writers – Workshop and Lunch

Thursday, September 27 from 12:00-1:00 in Althouse 110

Facilitator: John Katunich, Associate Director of the Writing Program

How can we help international and multilingual students grow as writers? How may culture shape the way they approach writing and the writing process? What is important to know about second language acquisition that would help us understand the strengths and challenges that multilingual writers bring to their writing? This interactive workshop will orient faculty to best practices for supporting multilingual and international writers, and facilitate dialogue about the multilingual and international writers whom we encounter in our classrooms.

Responding to Student Writing – Workshop and Lunch

Thursday, October 18 from 12:00-1:00 in Althouse 109

Facilitator: Noreen Lape, Associate Provost of Academic Affairs/ Director of the Writing Program

With a focus on managing the paper load, we will consider how to respond to student writing in a way that helps students grow as writers and thinkers. Examining the art of composing margin notes and endnotes, we will discuss approaches to commenting, the pitfalls of over-commenting, our purpose and sense of audience when commenting, and the amount of emphasis to place on sentence-level (grammatical) errors. We will also talk about how you can adapt the new Writing Program Rubric to your courses and use it as a tool for grading and responding to student writing.   

Course Design Collaboratory

January 2019 – TBA -- in Waidner-Spahr Library

The Course Design Collaboratory offers professors a collaborative and productive environment to finalize your syllabus and assignments before the semester begins. We will meet in the Waidner-Spahr Library where you will have space to work on your course design. In addition, you will be able to sign up for consultations with various campus experts. They will be available to consult on such topics as the research process and information literacy; digital and multimedia projects; best practices for students with disabilities; designing and teaching writing; syllabi and learning goals; different pedagogies (i.e. collaborative, active learning, etc.); and diversity and inclusion in the classroom, among others. You can choose as many consultations as you wish to attend, work on your course materials between consultations, share ideas with fellow faculty, and enjoy lunch together.   

Individual Consultations

The Writing Program offers individual consultations on a variety of topics:

  • designing assignments
  • sequencing and scaffolding assignments
  • facilitating effective peer review
  • responding to student writing
  • creating rubrics
  • working with multilingual writers
  • working with a Writing Associate
  • designing a WiD course
  • incorporating writing-to-learn activities into courses
  • and more.

If you would like to set up an appointment, contact Noreen Lape at (717) 245-1904 or

Online Resources

The Moodle site houses a comprehensive library of in-house and external resources regarding the teaching of writing.  If you would like to subscribe to the Moodle, email Noreen Lape at

For a comprehensive list of faculty development workshops, click on Past Faculty Development Workshops.