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We are pleased to announce the winners of the first WAC Starter grant program. The winners represent ten departments from seven colleges. The purpose of the program is to foster the development of effective ways to teach writing in the disciplines, through the design of innovative instructional approaches, assignments, and classroom activities. Grants have been awarded to assist faculty in designing activities, assignments, outcomes, and even courses that will improve the teaching and learning of writing in their departments and programs. Each winner will receive $350 to work on a discipline-specific writing instruction project. During the grant period, winners will be expected to hold two consultation meetings with WAC Program’s staff, develop and pilot a deliverable, and report on the results of their work both to the WAC Program and the larger UCF community.

And the winners are…

  • Mari Y. Raines, Department of Management, College of Business Administration, for the project “Teaching Students to Write Business Proposals.”
  • Wilfried Iskat, The Rosen College of Hospitality Management, for the project “Teaching Hotel Management Case Writing.”
  • Dingbao Wang, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering, for the project “Teaching Engineering Lab Reports”
  • Steven Berman and Alisha Janowski, Department of Psychology, for the project “Developing Writing Assignments for the Clinical Psychology CLP 3302 Course”
  • Scot French, Department of History, for the project “Writing Assignments for AMH 3402.”
  • Barry Mauer, Department of English, for the project “”Developing Writing Assignments for LIT 3714.”
  • Sherry Macdonald (UCF College of Nursing), in partnership with Nuria Carras (Valencia College), for the project “Revising Major Writing Assignments for NUR 3806.” Professor Macdonald will be the only member of this team receiving the grant funds since her partner in this project is not a member of UCF faculty
  • Andrew Gay, Department of Film Studies, for the project “Developing of a Sequence of Writing Assignments for FIL 4434C: Capstone I.”
  • Kerry Purmensky, Department of Modern Languages, for the project “Developing Writing Assignments for TSL3346 TEFL Issues:  Writing Curriculum Materials”
  • Joyce Burr, College of Nursing, for the project “Developing a New Writing Assignment for NUR 4177 Holistic Nursing (Web)”
  • Linda Howe, College of Nursing, for the project “Patient Safety Change Project”
  • Linda Gibson-Young and Jonathan DeckerCollege of Nursing, for the project “Analysis of Writing Requirements and Assignments Across the Nursing Curriculum at UCF”
  • Peter Jacques, Department of Political Science, for the project “Revising the Syllabi, Learning Objectives, and Writing Assignments for “IDS 3150 Foundations in Environmental Studies; PUP3203 Environmental Politics”

Congratulations to all our winners and thank you to all our entrants.