The Franklin College Writing Intensive Program
Call for Course Proposals -- 2011-12

“Writing heightens the intellectual challenge
of any course and equips students
for academic and career success.”

--Hugh Ruppersburg, Associate Dean

The Franklin College Writing Intensive Program invites proposals from Arts and Sciences faculty in all disciplines for innovative courses that encourage writing.  Writing makes courses more rigorous, contributing most to higher student engagement, commitment, and intellectual investment (R. J. Light, Making the Most of College, 2001).  WIP faculty and students agree that writing courses strengthen thinking, writing, and learning.


Faculty Benefits -- WIP Teaching Assistants Support All Writing-Intensive Courses

The Franklin College awards to faculty whose proposals are selected a teaching assistant qualified to assign and respond to writing in the disciplines.

Proposal Guidelines -- Submit through March 4, 2011

Writing-intensive courses vary across disciplines at UGA, but all make writing important to the thinking of the course, give students opportunities to write in low stakes and high stakes situations, and engage students in conversations about writing. In general, writing-intensive courses should:

  • Feature innovative writing assignments that a) relate clearly to course learning; b) teach the communication values of a discipline -- for example, its practices of argument, evidence, credibility, and format; and c) prepare students for further writing in their academic work, in graduate school, and in professional life.
  • Break assignments into parts that teach the process of effective writing in a field.
  • Get involved in student writing: Provide opportunities for planning, feedback, and revising.
  • Make effective use of WIP teaching assistants, and make their resources clear to students.

For more detailed information, please consult the WIP Course Guidelines.

Send completed proposals to Dr. Michelle Ballif, Writing Intensive Program Director, Park Hall 254, or email to Proposals due:  March 4, 2011.

Please submit proposals on WIP course proposal forms, which can be downloaded here:


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