About Writing Across the Curriculum

In the summer of 2017, Academic Programs asked Dr. Leslie Bruce to create a Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) program at CSUF. In 2017-18, Leslie listened to people from across campus to discover how a WAC program might support CSUF’s faculty and students. Combining the insights from those conversations with the best practices articulated in the Statement of WAC Principles and PracticesPDF File , she began building a sustainable, supportive writing infrastructure for CSUF’s campus community.

Facilitated by a WAC Advisory Board representing CSUF’s eight Colleges, the WAC program strives to improve student writing and learning, to support faculty efforts to teach with writing, and to create a campus culture that values the ways writing can enhance learning.

In its first five years, the WAC Program has

  • Created 10 different workshops that enable faculty to increase student learning with meaningful writing activities,
  • Offered a WAC Certificate that helps faculty enrich their teaching with WAC,
  • Supported thesis, dissertation, and project writers with online and in-person “Thesis Retreats at Pollak Library,”
  • Assisted Senate Committees as they revised University Policy Statements related to writing and equitable learning,
  • Led a campus team conducting a "General Education and Equitable Writing" project for the Chancellor's Office's "Student Success Analytics" project.
  • Consulted with faculty and departments that want to use writing equitably to improve students’ learning,
  • Hosted four guest speaker events.  Speakers included Dr. Linda Adler-Kassner (UC Santa Barbara’s Faculty Director of the Center for Innovative Teaching, Research, and Learning), Dr. Dan Melzer (twice, UC Davis's Associate Director of First-Year Composition), and Dr. Nicole Gonzales-Howell (U of San Francisco, Assoc. Prof. of English and Rhetoric).