Writing Research Fellows
With support from Western Libraries, the Writing Instruction Support program and Heritage Resources are co-sponsoring the 2014-15 Writing Instruction Research Fellowships for faculty-student pairs to conduct studies investigating the effectiveness of particular instructional practices used in research-based writing classes.
Each Writing Research Fellow pair receives a $750 stipend in exchange for developing a research study, completing a Human Subjects Review application, meeting once-a-month (January-June and October-December 2014) to consult with other Fellows on their evolving studies, and sharing their resulting findings and materials in a brief write-up to be posted on the Writing Instruction Support website.
Faculty assigning primary sources are especially encouraged to apply (and will receive an additional $300 incentive if the research involves exploration of unique materials found in Western Libraries Heritage Resources); however, any course that includes a significant writing component incorporating research is eligible. The study may include a range of primary sources as well as traditional secondary print, and multi-media sources. Examples of primary sources include letters and diaries; government, church, and business records; oral histories; photographs, motion pictures, and videos; maps and land records; and blueprints. Newspaper articles contemporaneous with the events described are traditionally considered primary sources. Artifacts and specimens may also be primary evidence if they are the object of study.
For questions, contact WIS Director Carmen Werder, firstname.lastname@example.org.
To apply for a fellowship, interested faculty members should submit the following information to WritingInstructionSupport@wwu.edu. Selections will begin on January 27, 2014.
- Faculty co-researcher name and department
- Course(s) involved in study and quarter(s) taught
- Student co-researcher name and contact information (can be tentative)
- Instructional practice/technique under study (can be tentative)
- Type(s) of research source(s) serving as basis for writing assignments
See examples of past studies below.
The 2012-2013 Writing Research Fellows:
Kristin Mahoney and Kaitlyn Abrams (English): "The Use of Archival Sources in Scholarly Writing"
The 2010-2011 Writing Research Fellows:
Diana Jones and Rachell Redd (Human Services): "Using Visual Imagery to Enhance Student Writing"
Kathleen Zuanich Young and Francesca Leaf (Anthropology): "The Narrating Subject: Student Reflection on Witness Narrative"
Korry Harvey (Communication) and Misa Harring (Political Science): "The Effect of Student Peer Response and Assessment on the Proficiency of Writing Traits at the College Level"
The 2009-2010 Writing Research Fellows:
Raine Dozier and Kathryn Frazier (Human Services): "Peer Review Skill Development in a Writing Proficiency Course: Can Peer Review Really Improve Writing Skills?"
- Dozier and Frazier - Survey
Margi Fox and Jennie Jacobs (English): "Usability of Peer Review Workshops."
Ray Wolpow and Jody Bault (Secondary Education): "Analyzing Reflective Writing."
- Wolpow and Bault - Rubric for Analyzing Reflective Writing
Annemarie Curd, Shanyese Trujillo, and William Lay (Education): "Efficacy of Interactive Journaling as an Undergraduate Teaching/Learning Device."
The 2008-09 Writing Research Fellows:
Bidisha Biswas, Rosa Jiminez, and Jessica Pemble (Political Science): “Challenging What We Think We Know: Moving Beyond the Obstacles of Prior Knowledge.”
Paul Chen and Steve Walker (Political Science): “The effectiveness of revision activities on improving writing.”
Suzanne Paola and Lori Brack (English): "Student Writing and Non-traditional Writing Media and Environments."
Margi Fox and Jeanne Killgore (English): "Impact of written comments on student writing."
Jennifer Karchmer and Kate Bauer (Communication): “Exploring Reflective Journal Writing in the Classroom.”
The 2007-08 Writing Research Fellows:
Jennifer Karchmer and Anya Nakrokhina (Communication): Journal Writing in the Classroom: Chore or Delight?
Lauren McClanahan and Molly Mullen (Secondary Ed): People, Places and Ideas: A Year-long Conversation with Rural Alaskan Students
Catherine McDonald and Amanda Hill (English): Student Literacy and the Effect of Digital Writing
Bob Mitchell and Niki Thane (Geology): Integration of technical and scientific writing into Surface-Water Hydrology (GEOL 472/572)
Julia Sapin and Robyn Rossmeisl (Art History): Blogging as a Way of Thinking
Shelby Sheppard, Jennifer Baldwin, and Gretchen Anderson (Secondary Ed): Using a Field Journal to Enhance Conceptual Understanding
Jim Stewart, Mike Greiner, Cassandra Cook (Physics): Improving Metacognitive Skills
Tara Perry, Brian Launius, andHayley Peterson (Communication): Making it Through: From Start to Finish… Faculty and Student Co-authorship Process
The 2006-07 Writing Research Fellows:
Cher Carnell, Tracy Coskie, Derrick Mears, Matthew Miller, and Julia Sapin.