The Daniel E. Koshland, Jr. Graduate Student Fellowship in the Art of Teaching Writing is a new grant designed to provide graduate students teaching Reading & Composition courses in Fall 2016 the opportunity to improve existing and develop new pedagogical skills and practices. Twelve students will each receive a $2,000 stipend to participate in a seminar led by Joseph Harris, a leading scholar in compositional studies.
The Daniel E. Koshland, Jr. Graduate Student Fellowship begins with a week-long intensive seminar, The Art of Teaching Writing. The seminar will be held from at the Townsend Center for the Humanities. In the mornings, students learn about best practices for designing writing courses and working with student writers. In the afternoons, students join in conversations with distinguished scholars in writing studies on such topics as the aims of first-year writing courses, teaching in a global and multilingual culture, the impact of digital literacies, and writing beyond the university. At the end of the week, students will have completed a detailed draft of the materials for their R&C courses.
During the Fall, students are required to attend monthly meetings of the seminar and to post occasional comments to the Art of Teaching Writing blog. In December, students will attend a daylong seminar to discuss their teaching experiences and reflect on ways to improve teaching writing on the Berkeley campus.
The 2016 Seminar on the Art of Teaching Writing is led by Professor Joseph Harris, who directs the Composition Program at the University of Delaware. Harris has written or edited four books on teaching writing, including Rewriting: How to Do Things with Texts, and A Teaching Subject: Composition Since 1966. He has also edited CCC, the leading journal in writing studies, and the Studies in Writing and Rhetoric book series. Before coming to Delaware, he directed the writing programs at the University of Pittsburgh and Duke University.