WAC Certificate Application
CSUF values writing and the ways writing can enhance learning in any class. To support faculty and staff interested in teaching with writing, the Writing across the Curriculum (WAC) Program is offering a WAC Certificate through the FDC. This certificate program will familiarize candidates with WAC theory and practice and enable them to incorporate meaningful writing assignments into their courses.
"The WAC workshops inspired me to explore the many different ways we can use writing to help students think and discover ideas. Since earning the WAC certificate, I've become much more focused on incorporating both formal and informal writing activities in my courses as a way to enhance class discussions, help students process what they are reading, encourage creative thinking, and teach the conventions of writing in my discipline." Adam Golub, Ph.D., Professor and Graduate Advisor, American Studies
"I did not expect to learn so much from the WAC workshops. For example, my approach to designing prompts and assignment guides have resulted in positive student feedback. I have simplified and clarified so much of the material. The workshops helped me design purposeful and effective low-stakes and high-stakes class writing activities. The WAC workshops made a significant difference in teaching approach.” Eric Rodriguez, MBA, Ed.D, Professor, College of Business and Economics
WAC Certificate recipients will receive a letter of commendation from the AVP of Academic Programs for their FAR files, an electronic certificate (“badge”) for their webpage, and eligibility to apply for a grant of up to $1000 for travel to a WAC- or writing-related scholarly conference. Those accepted to the certificate program will also receive a copy of John C. Bean’s Engaging Ideas, a book rich with ideas for teaching with writing and critical thinking.
Part-time and Full-time faculty and staff who taught at CSUF in 2019-20 are eligible. The first twenty complete applications received from eligible candidates by September 10 will be accepted. Candidates will have two academic years to complete certificate requirements. Portfolios and travel grant applications will be evaluated by the WAC Advisory Committee
1. WAC Workshops:
- Using Writing to Learn in Any Class,
- Designing Effective Writing Prompts for Any Class,
- Providing Formative Feedback for Student Writers,
- and any two additional WAC workshops.
2. A Portfolio containing:
- 2-3 writing-to-learn activities relevant to the candidate's discipline.
- 1 prompt for a formal writing assignment relevant to the candidate's discipline.
- A 500-750-word reflection that:
- Describes the course and learning outcome(s) to which the candidate’s activities and prompt apply (150 words or fewer),
- Explains how and to what end these activities and prompt would be used in the described course, and
- Reflects upon how the WAC workshops will inform the candidate’s future teaching.
- Title (PT and FT faculty and staff are eligible)
- Department(s) in which you teach at CSUF
- Name(s), Section number(s), and semester(s) of the course(s) you taught in 2019-20