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Five-Day Faculty Seminar: 2017

an annual five-day seminar for University of Minnesota faculty members

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“I have never taken any writing or teaching course and I was anxious to get some formal training and new ideas. I have been really pleased with what I have learned! This seminar has given me confidence to continue reducing lectures and increasing discussion and writing-oriented activity.” —Faculty participant, 2010



“This was the most useful faculty development offering I have ever experienced. It has changed the way I teach and the way I write!” —Faculty participant, 2010

This seminar presents a unique opportunity for busy faculty members to focus exclusively on the role writing plays in their diverse courses, whether those courses are in sciences, humanities, social sciences, or arts and design. All discussions are interdisciplinary, lively, and practical. Each half-day session involves participants in hands-on activities using sample writing assignments and student-written drafts. By week’s end, participating faculty members will have...  

  • become familiar with the attributes of effective writing assignments
  • designed practical, low-stakes writing activities appropriate for large- or small-enrollment courses
  • devised (or revised) a lengthier, high-stakes writing assignment
  • become familiar with strategies for providing students with effective (actionable) feedback on their writing
  • created (or revised) assignment-specific grading schemes that ensure fair assessment
  • experimented with time-saving techniques
  • spent five mornings talking to colleagues from across the disciplines about thoughtful and relevant teaching  

Since 2001, the annual Teaching with Writing seminar has enrolled participants from the following departments:

Accounting; African American & African Studies; Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics; American Studies; Agronomy and Plant Genetics; Architecture; Art; Art History; Asian Languages & Literatures; Biochemistry; Biology; Chemical Engineering; Chemistry; Civil Engineering; Communication Studies; Computer Science & Engineering; Construction Management; Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature; Curriculum & Instruction; Dental Hygiene; Design, Housing, and Apparel; Ecology, Evolution and Behavior; Economics; Education; English; Epidemiology; Family Social Science; Finance; Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology; Food Science and Nutrition; Forest Resources; French & Italian; Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies; General College; Genetics, Cell Biology and Development; Geography; Global Studies; German, Scandinavian & Dutch; Health Systems Management; History; History of Medicine; History of Science and Technology; Horticultural Science; Journalism & Mass Communication; Kinesiology; Linguistics; Mathematics; Mechanical Engineering; Medicine; Microbiology; Music; Nursing; Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems; Rhetoric; Philosophy; Plant Biology; Preventative Sciences; Political Science; Second Language Acquisition; Social Work; Spanish & Portuguese Studies; Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences; Social Work; Soil, Water and Climate; Surgery; Theatre Arts & Dance; Veterinary Medicine; Work & Human Resources Education; Writing Studies


Monday through Friday, August 21–25, 2017
12:30–4:00 pm


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Please note: Registered participants commit to the entire week-long session.  

First priority for this event is made available to faculty members. Other instructors are strongly encouraged to add their names to the waiting list.


Register here. The seminar is capped at 25 people. Registration is open until filled, so act now.

Contact Molly in the Center for Writing with questions.
(612) 625-0791 or



Pamela FlashFacilitator:
Pamela Flash serves as Director of Writing Across the Curriculum in the Center for Writing. Through the Department of Writing Studies, she offers an interdisciplinary graduate seminar, “Theories of Writing and Writing Instruction.” Currently, she directs the innovative Writing-Enriched Curriculum Program. | 612.626.7639