There are several ways for students and faculty to get involved in Auburn’s Writing Initiative. Here we include:
- positions with the Office of University Writing
- directions for volunteering to serve on committees
- calls for contests and papers
- conferences relevant to the writing initiative
- publishing opportunities for students and faculty
Positions For Students
The Office of University Writing offers full-time graduate assistantships (20 hours per week, 12 months) which include a monthly stipend and full tuition remission.
Program Assistants facilitate workshops, develop materials, assist with administrative tasks, and work on additional projects. Applications are due March 15 for positions beginning in the summer. Please see the position description and application directions for more information.
Miller Writing Center
Miller Writing Center consultants assist students with writing through one-on-one and small group tutoring sessions; and promote the writing center through class presentations, information tables, and other events. Applications are due March 1 for positions beginning in the fall. Please see the position description and application directions for more information.
Front Desk Representative
Miller Writing Center front desk representatives help students make accounts and schedule appointments in the online scheduling system; provide assistance to students visiting the writing center; and promote the writing center through class presentations, information tables, and other events. Applications are due March 1 for positions beginning in the fall. Please see the position description and application directions for more information.
Student assistants help setup for events, gather data, and assist with administrative tasks. Depending on experience and skill, they may develop print and digital materials, distribute surveys, and write copy for promotional materials. Applications are due March 1 for positions beginning in the summer. Please see the position description and application directions for more information.
Positions For Faculty
Academy for Writing: Integrating Writing in Large Enrollment Courses
The Office of University Writing is pleased to announce the first of two summer 2020 Academies for Writing. This Academy will focus on strategies for using writing in large enrollment courses to help students learn especially difficult disciplinary content. Participants will learn strategies for 1) creating short, low-stakes writing prompts and leveraging peer feedback for a high impact learning experience; 2) responding to student writing and managing the workload; and 3) including meaningful writing prompts on exams. This Academy is limited to 24 participants who teach large enrollment courses, defined as courses with at least fifty (50) students, who have completed the Biggio Center’s Course (Re)Design Seminar, or plan to complete it in summer of 2020. The Academy will take place on May 11, 13, 15, and 18, from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Click here to view the full call for applications, which provides more details on the Academy, the application process, compensation, and requirements. Contact us for information on future Academy opportunities.
Academy for Writing: Helping Students Communicate Their Research Effectively
The Office of University Writing is pleased to announce the second of two summer 2020 Academies for Writing. This academy will help faculty teach students to communicate research effectively for multiple audiences and contexts. To be effective communicators in the 21st century, students need to be able to express their ideas in a variety of ways. Faculty can help students practice this ability through effective design of research-based assignments that include research communication. Specifically, this Academy will support faculty in designing assignments that prepare students to design research posters, create infographics, deliver oral presentations, adapt their research writing for multiple audiences and contexts, and reflect on their communication choices. Academy participants will be limited to 24. The Academy will take place on July 20, 22, 24, and 27 from 8:30am to 12:30pm. Click here to view the full call for applications, which provides more details on the Academy, the application process, compensation, and requirements. Contact us for information on future Academy opportunities.
University Writing Committee Representatives
The University Writing Committee (UWC) has faculty representatives from each College and both an undergraduate and graduate student representative. Faculty interested in serving on the UWC should volunteer through the University Senate. Faculty serve a three-year term and may be reappointed for a second term. Undergraduates interested in serving should contact the incoming Student Government Association president in the spring term to express their interest in serving the following academic year. The graduate student representative is appointed by the President of the Graduate Student Council each year. The UWC meets about once a month on Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
ePortfolio Project Committees
Faculty and students are included on each of the ePortfolio Project committees. Click here to view the current list of ePortfolio committee members.
There are many academic conferences related to writing. If you are interested in learning about writing research that has been conducted nationwide or presenting your own work, visit one of the following links:
- AAEEBL – Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning
- Auburn Writers Conference
- CCCC – Conference of College Composition and Communication
- IWAC – International Writing Across the Curriculum
- IWCA – International Writing Centers Association
- NCPTW – National Association on Peer Tutoring in Writing
- SWCA – Southeastern Writing Center Association
Academic publications are always in search of scholarship on writing from students and faculty. If you are interested in publishing your work, visit one of the following sites to learn about specific submission guidelines:
- AAEEBL ePortfolio Review
- IJEP – International Journal of ePortfolios
- The Writing Center Journal
- The Writing Lab Newsletter
- Auburn Speaks
- Praxis – A Writing Center Journal
- AUJUS – Auburn University Journal of Undergraduate Scholarship (exclusive to undergraduate students)
- Double Helix – A Journal of Critical Thinking and Writing (exclusive to faculty)
- Young Scholars in Writing