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Consultations & research resources

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Katie Levin and Dan Emery, WID Grants Program Directors, Center for Writing. Discuss your ideas with Katie and/or Dan at any stage of your proposal development process. Katie and Dan coordinate the WID Grants Program, respond to Letters of Intent, and assemble the WID grants review committee, but they are not members of that committee; they will consult with you as nonevaluative readers familiar with the requirements of WID grant 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 Research Services: CLA faculty, instructional staff and graduate students may seek feedback from the CLA Research Development Team when developing a Letter of Intent, a Project Summary, or even a budget. CLA's Research Development Team can also help CLA faculty seek other sources of funding besides WID grants. For additional services and to request assistance, visit

Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI): Primarily (but not exclusively) for faculty and students in CEHD, CAREI offers expert assistance with research planning and study design, statistical analysis, and grant writing. ISW grant applicants may wish to include CAREI in their budgets. Contact Director Theodore Christ for more information.

The Statistical Consulting Center (SCC): Based in the Institute for Research on Statistics and its Applications, the SCC offers expert assistance with experiment design, statistical analysis, and many other elements of quantitative research. For rate information or to schedule an appointment, write to

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

Research resources

University Libraries page for the WID Grants Program: Kate Peterson and Natalie Reynolds of the University Libraries have compiled an excellent resource page entirely devoted to the WID 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.   

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.

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.