Dartmouth Composition Seminar Focuses on the Teaching of Writing


This month, Dartmouth’s Institute for Writing and Rhetoric (IWR) is holding its first annual two-week Research Summer Seminar.

Dartmouth’s is one of the few programs designed to develop the research capacity of practicing college writing teachers and writing program administrators.

“The seminar provides an opportunity for participants to work intensively with expert researchers in the field,” says Chris Anson, a seminar instructor and the assistant chair of the College Conference on Composition and Communication.

Christiane Donahue, IWR’s director, says, “We’re particularly excited that our first-year writing faculty will have access to an unparalleled opportunity to learn about current research and research methods that will then support their teaching [of writing and public speaking].”

Lecturer in Writing Sara Chaney is participating, focusing on one part of the IWR’s Davis Foundation-funded study of student writing at Dartmouth and examining student work with sources. Chaney is also assistant director of program development for the IWR.

Seminar attendees will publicly present their research in progress in Haldeman 041 on Thursday, August 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, August 12, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The presentations will cover the presenters’ “refined research questions after these two weeks of work, the methods adopted, the short-term next steps, and the long-term intended impact,” according to Donahue. All members of the Dartmouth community are welcome to attend.

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