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Consultations & research resources

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Katie Levin, Co-Director and ISW Coordinator, Center for Writing. Discuss your ideas with Katie at any stage of your proposal development process. Katie coordinates the ISW program, responds to Letters of Intent, and assembles the ISW grants review committee, but she is not a member of that committee; she will consult with you as a nonevaluative reader familiar with the requirements of ISW grants proposals.

Kate Peterson, Associate Librarian, U of M Libraries. A subject specialist in Scientific & Technical Communication, General Resources, and Writing Studies, as well as an experienced teacher and scholar of information literacy, Kate can help you find relevant research with which to engage as you write your proposal.

CLA's Grants Support Team: CLA faculty and instructional staff may see feedback from Alexandra K. Brown (Arts & Humanities/East Bank) or Anna Brailovsky (Social Sciences/West Bank) when developing a Letter of Intent, a Project Summary, or even a budget. CLA's Grants Support Team can also help CLA faculty seek other sources of funding besides ISW grants.

Office of Research Consultation and Services (ORCS): Primarily (but not exclusively) for faculty and students in CEHD, ORCS offers expert assistance with research planning and study design, statistical analysis, and grant writing. ISW grant applicants may wish to include ORCS in their budgets. Contact Coordinator Bruce Center for more information.

The Statistical Consulting Service (SCS): Based in the School of Statistics, with locations in Ford Hall (for CLA) and McNeal Hall (for all other units), SCS offers expert assistance with experiment design, statistical analysis, and many other elements of quantitative research. Consulting is free for members of sponsoring units (CLA and Veterinary Medicine); other units are charged for SCS services. ISW grant applicants may wish to include the Statistical Consulting Service in their budgets. Contact Consulting Manager Aaron Rendahl for more information.

Institutional Review Board (IRB): reviews research projects involving human subjects to ensure that standards that protect the subjects are upheld

Research resources

new! University Libraries page for the ISW Grants Program: Kate Peterson and Natalie Reynolds of the University Libraries have compiled an excellent resource page entirely devoted to the ISW grants program. Make this page your first stop to find general WAC resources, useful databases, and a large sampling of relevant journals.

CompPile: research from 1939–today on post-secondary composition, rhetoric, technical writing, ESL, and discourse studies. Note also the list of resources and tools on the right-hand side of the page.

WPA/CompPile research bibliographies: a growing compendium of bibliographies on WAC, WID, and related topics, including "Supporting Undergraduate Writers Beyond the First Year," "Second Language Writing and Writing Program Administration," and more. For more about the WPA/CompPile research bibliography project, including the 20 topics currently in the works, click here.

WAC Clearinghouse: definitions and applications of WAC theory and multiple links to research on computer mediated instruction. Includes journals, book series, and resources for teachers.

Across the Disciplines: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Language, Learning, and Academic Writing: a refereed journal published by WAC Clearinghouse. Includes searchable archives.

Interdisciplinary Graduate Minor in Literacy and Rhetorical Studies: a research resource listing of Minnesota collections and centers and scholarly resources on the web

Center for Writing Library: The Center for Writing houses a collection of texts and journals on higher education pedagogy and research, K-12 pedagogy and research, writing center pedagogy and research, Writing Across the Curriculum and Writing in the Disciplines (WAC/WID), digital literacy, and literacy studies. These resources are available for limited check-out or use within our offices. View our collection online.

Front desk staff in 15 Nicholson Hall will help you check out books from our library.