Research and Writing Institute hosts symposium

Shar Walbaum (right), professor of psychology, discusses disciplinary writing in the major.

March 6, 2012 - The Research and Writing Institute, in conjunction with QUWAC and the Office of Academic Affairs, hosted "We Say/They Say: A Writing in the Disciplines Symposium" at the Lender School of Business Center on March 3, 2012.

More than 60 faculty and administrators from more than 20 area colleges and universities attended the event. Neal Lerner, director of the writing program at Northeastern University, delivered the keynote address. A series of writing-in-the-disciplines case studies were presented by faculty and program heads from Southern Connecticut State University, Yale University, the University of Connecticut and Quinnipiac.

Sue Hudd, professor and chair of sociology, presented Quinnipiac's case study, which described the WID consultation model developed by QUWAC and implemented in the occupational therapy, diagnostic imaging, computer science, QU seminar and political science programs. The day also featured a panel discussion with faculty from co-presenting schools. Shar Walbaum, professor of psychology, and Kim Hartmann, professor of occupational therapy, represented Quinnipiac on the panel.

The event concluded with a series of WID workshops. The Quinnipiac workshop was led by Joan Kreiger, a part-time faculty member in biomedical sciences and the QU seminars, and Vicki Todd, assistant professor of public relations. The Davis Educational Foundation, which has provided resources for QUWAC's WAC training and WID consultation initiatives, funded the symposium.