Writing Intensive Teaching Excellence Award

Nominations  Due Feb 14, 2017

(Call for Proposals)

Each spring, the Campus Writing Program recognizes contributions to outstanding WI teaching on MU’s campus through two awards: The Win Horner Award and the Writing Intensive Excellence Award. Winners will be recognized at CWP’s annual Spring Awards Ceremony. Sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies.

The Writing Intensive Excellence Award. $500

Purpose: To recognize outstanding WI teaching that helps achieve the mission of Writing to Learn and Learning to Write within the disciplines.

Award Criteria:

  • Evidence of reaching and exceeding the WI Guidelines.
  • Assignments that promote critical thinking, multiple interpretations, and meaningful learning.
  • Evidence that the instruction delivers what it sets out to (student success within the writing requirements of the course).
  • Demonstrates clear understanding of “writing to learn” and “learning to write” theories and practices.
  • Writing as a process is supported through the instruction and assignment design.
  • Nominated faculty, staff, or teaching assistants should be teaching or helping with a WI course during the academic year for which they are nominated.

Eligibility:

  • Open to all benefits-eligible Writing Intensive faculty, staff, and teaching assistants
  • Nominees may re-apply if not previously awarded.  Previous winners are not eligible for five years for the same award. 

The Process:

Nominations are accepted from advisors, chairs, colleagues, teaching assistants, Campus Writing Board members, and students regarding exemplary WI instructors that represent the three sectors (Humanities & Arts, Education & Social Science, Natural & Applied Science).  Self-nominations are also accepted, except in the case of teaching assistants, who must be nominated by a faculty member.

For outside nominations:

  • Cover letter written by the nominator addressing how this instructor’s teaching fits the criteria. Limit: 2 pages
  • Current WI syllabus and set of corresponding writing assignments
  • At least one of the following:
    • Evaluations from the most recent semester of teaching a WI course
    • Comments from students in the course (ideally 3-5 student comments/letters about the course, about the writing assignments, the types of responses received, how they grew as writers, and what was learned through the writing assignments)
    • Teaching observation of the nominee completed by someone other than the nominator
    • Statement of WI Teaching Philosophy from the Nominated Instructor 

For self-nominations:

  • Cover letter written by the instructor addressing how their teaching fits the criteria. Limit: 2 pages
  • Current WI syllabus and set of corresponding writing assignments
  • At least one of the following:
    • Evaluations from the most recent semester of teaching a WI course
    • Comments from students in the course (ideally 3-5 student comments/letters about the course, about the writing assignments, the types of responses received, how they grew as writers, and what was learned through the writing assignments)
    • Teaching observation
    • Letter of recommendation from a colleague

For Graduate TA nominations:

  • Cover letter written by the faculty nominator addressing how the TA’s teaching, grading, and/or mentoring fits the criteria. Limit: 2 pages
  • Current syllabus and set of corresponding writing assignments and 1-2 TA graded essays
  • At least one of the following:
    • Course evaluations  that specifically ask about the TA’s contribution to the WI course
    • Comments from students in the course (ideally 3-5 student comments/letters about the course, about the writing assignments, the types of responses received, how they grew as writers, and what was learned through the writing assignments)
    • Teaching observation of the graduate student from either a WI or non-WI course completed by someone other than the nominator
    • Letter of support from another faculty member who worked with this graduate student in a different WI course 

Submissions: Deadline: February 14, 2017

Please submit an electronic nomination packet as a single PDF to Jacqueline Thomas at the Campus Writing Program: thomasjm@missouri.edu

Selection Committee:

  • Representatives from the Campus Writing Board
  • Writing Intensive Instructors who serve on the Awards Task Force
  • Writing Intensive Tutors
  • Campus Writing Program representatives
  • Student representative

2016 Winners of the Writing Intensive Teaching Excellence Awards

First     Nathan First, Social Work

Furstenau     Dr. Nina Furstenau, Science and Agricultural Journalism

Goodman     Dr. Judith Goodman, Communication Science and Disorders

Greenwood     Dr. Keith Greenwood, Journalism

James     Dr. Harvey James, Applied Economics

Sanchez     Dr. Ninive Sanchez, Social Work

2015 Winners of the Writing Intensive Teaching Excellence Awards

The Campus Writing Program recognizes these faculty as outstanding WI teachers who help to achieve the mission of Writing to Learn and Learning to Write within their disciplines.

Bauer     Dr. Lisa Bauer, Psychological Science

Brekhus     Dr. Wayne Brekhus, Sociology

Domingues     Dr. Daniel Domingues, History

Harper    Dr. Rachel Harper, Writing Center

Aaron Harms     Aaron Harms, Writing Center

Motavalli     Dr. Peter Motavalli, Soil, Environmental, & Atmospheric Science

2014 Winners of the Writing Intensive Teaching Excellence Awards

The Campus Writing Program recognizes these faculty as outstanding WI teachers who help to achieve the mission of Writing to Learn and Learning to Write within their disciplines.

Bhullar       Dr. Goodie Bhullar, Ellis Library

Brueggenjohann       Dr. Jean Brueggenjohann*, Art

Huelsbergen       Dr. Deborah Huelsbergen*, Art

Orbann       Dr. Carolyn Orbann, Health Sciences

Muratore       Dr. Mary Jo Muratore, Romance Languages

Reeser       Dr. Cynthia Reeser, Human Development and Family Services

Wagovich       Dr. Stacy Wagovich, Communication Science and Disorders

Wilson       Dr. Ric Wilson*, Art

"*" -Shared award for co-taught writing-intensive course.

2013 Winners of the Writing Intensive Teaching Excellence Awards

The Campus Writing Program recognizes these faculty as outstanding WI teachers who help to achieve the mission of Writing to Learn and Learning to Write within their disciplines.

Horner       Dr. Bill Horner, Political Science

Pennella       Dr. Mario Pennella, Biochemistry

Schwarz       Dr. Benyamin Schwarz, Architectural Studies

Silvey       Dr. Brian Silvey, Music

Taub       Dr. Haskell Taub, Physics

Teti       Dr. Michelle Teti, Health Sciences