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Check out the Thompson Writing Program's Spring 2023 Featured Writing Courses!   Writing 315S                                    Writing 275.01                        Writing 367S read more about TWP's Spring 2023 Featured Writing Courses »

Though her office is small, it is filled with the stories of former students. Printed out copies of journal articles and clippings from graphic novels are pinned to her walls. Essays and collections cover her desk. She proudly points them all out, explaining the research these papers originated from and how excited she is to have them published in various journals. She looks at one, explaining how the essay’s author writes about the plight of the “no-no boys,” a group of Japanese American men deemed disloyal during World… read more about From Footnote to Main Idea: Award Winner Teaches Writing via Asian American Narratives »

As a first-year student at Duke, Brooke Harmon didn’t know she would need a mentor – or two, or three – to help guide her through college. But what she didn’t look for, she found nevertheless. Now a senior, Harmon boasts an important, vast and diverse web of friends, confidants, advisers and mentors who she has leaned on throughout her collegiate journey. This group – a personal, informal board of directors of sorts – has proven valuable to Harmon and is the sort of support system Duke’s career counselors and other student… read more about On Students Finding Advice and Help Along the Duke Journey »

There are many recipes out there for strawberry shortcake, but Rhiannon Scharnhorst only asks her students to analyze three: One created by Betty Crocker, the second by celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse and a third by blogger Deb Perelman for her Smitten Kitchen website. “We talk about what we see and what is the same and different in what students consider to be a pretty boring genre,” Scharnhorst explains. “Who Emeril is writing towards and who Betty Crocker is writing towards are very different — and that’s rhetoric. That’s… read more about Four New Scholars Forge Connections and Explore Context Through Writing – In All Its Forms »

Congratulations to Jamie Browne for being Awarded the 2022 SWCA (Southeastern Writing Center Association) Professional Tutor Award for her writing center work. “Am I talking too much? I want to be sure other folks have a chance to chime in…” These words, frequently spoken by Jamie Browne at the TWP Writing Studio’s weekly staff meetings, are invariably met with “no…please…go right ahead!” The chance to hear from this consummately thoughtful, inclusive, and collaborative professional tutor is invariably a chance to learn… read more about The TWP Writing Studio’s Jamie Browne Awarded 2022 SWCA Professional Tutor Award »

As an early career faculty member at East Carolina University, Jennie Ann Cole strives to balance her teaching and research on community engagement in health and human performance. One of the challenges she faces is finding time to dedicate to writing. On October 22, 2021she gathered with dozens of other engaged scholars across the state to do just that by participating in the fourth annual North Carolina Engaged Scholar Writing Retreat. read more about Fourth Annual Writing Retreat Supports Community Engaged Scholars Across The State »

Check out the Thompson Writing Program's Fall 2021 Featured Writing Course! Writing 270S Fall 2021 Tuesday/Thursday 3:30-4:45 Instructor: Joseph Ren Cyber Connections: Writing in a Time of Climate Crisis ALP, W The opening decades of the 21st century have witnessed ever intensifying climate catastrophes-- record numbers of hurricanes, record wildfires, continental drought. These catastrophes have in turn compounded staggering social inequality and apparent governmental dysfunction/ Consequently, the apparent threats… read more about TWP's Fall 2021 Featured Writing Course »

DURHAM, N.C. -- Plagiarism – reprinting another person’s work word-for-word without credit -- is a firing offense in most workplaces and can easily get a college student suspended or even expelled from school. But what about so-called ‘self-plagiarism,’ reusing your own words? It depends, says a group of scholars who have spent years studying text recycling in STEM fields and developing clear guidelines specifically for researchers. “There’s nothing clear and authoritative out there,” said Duke professor of the practice… read more about Text Recycling Project Provides Guidance on 'Self-Plagiarism' »

A March 24 panel discussion in response to the increase of violence against people of Asian descent, including the mass shootings in Atlanta earlier this month, attracted more than 670 Duke faculty, staff and students. Moderated by Nayoung Aimee Kwon, the online event featured presentations on the historical context of anti-Asian violence from Susan Thananopavarn, Eileen Chow and Esther Kim Lee. Syllabus on Asian-American History and Culture In response to recent acts of violence against Asian Americans stemming from a… read more about The History of Violence Against Asian Americans »

The Office for Faculty Advancement has awarded seed grants to 14 faculty-led projects exploring new ideas and expanding existing initiatives to promote an equitable and inclusive academic environment at Duke. The theme for this cycle was "Confronting Racism and Bias: Fostering an Inclusive Community." Faculty Advancement Seed Grants provide a financial head start for novel faculty development initiatives within academic units. 2021-22 Faculty Advancement Seed Grants Art, Art History and Visual Studies Anti-Racist Pedagogy… read more about Seed Grants Help Faculty Lead the Way in Confronting Racism and Bias »

Congratulations to H. Bondurant for being Awarded the 2021 SWCA (Southeastern Writing Center Association) Graduate Tutor Award for their Writing Center Work and Service. In H.’s time as a consultant at the TWP Writing Studio at Duke University, they have exemplified the spirit of writing center work in their commitment to equity, inclusion, and collaboration. To drop into one of H.’s Graduate Writing Lab sessions is to enter a warm community of writers, with H. providing guidance in goal setting and self-assessment, all… read more about Bondurant Awarded 2021 SWCA Graduate Tutor Award  »

As educational institutions seek ways to enhance opportunities for students during the pandemic, the College Board has tapped five Duke University professors to provide recorded lectures to millions of advanced high school students around the world. The new lecture series, called “AP Daily,” offers free, online videos across a variety of college-level topics to students who are learning in person, remotely or in blended learning environments. Students can view the videos independently or Advanced Placement (AP) teachers can… read more about Comer Featured in Faculty Lecture Series for Advanced Placement High School Students »

Dr. Monique Dufour is Collegiate Assistant Professor of History and Director of Graduate Student Professional Development at Virginia Tech. She co-leads the Faculty Write annual summer Scholarly Writing Retreat and the Turn to Teaching Series.   Read full article on "The Professor is In" site. read more about Teachers are not inexhaustible resources »

Remote learning has been a challenge for many instructors this year.   Assessing how best to engage students in a virtual space has involved a lot of experimentation, as well as patience.  Instructors can find themselves feeling unsettled when they get blank stares from students on a Zoom meeting.  Are they paying attention?  Are they doing other tasks on their computer while in class?  Without body language to help instructors gauge response from students, knowing when students are internalizing concepts can be a guessing… read more about Zoom “Drop-Ins” Engage Students in Writing 101 »

As the colder months draw closer at Duke, sweatshirts emerge from hibernation, and students are awash in the bustle of the semester. All the while, something seems absent. A familiar hum that both annoyed and intrigued students from the moment they arrived on campus: the cicadas. Just weeks ago, their cries filled the treetops, providing an impromptu soundtrack for the start of the semester. Now the familiar sound has faded, replaced by the scuffling of shoes on their way to one of the rare in-person classes. Yes, this year… read more about Writing 101 student gets a class assignment opinion article published in the Chronicle »

On October 9th, 25 faculty members – from eight universities and two community organizations – attended the 3rd Annual Engaged Scholar Writing Retreat. This event is designed for NC faculty and administrators who are involved in community-engaged research and writing. During the six-hour virtual gathering,  participants engaged in writing as well as discussions on writing strategies read more about Engaged Scholars across NC Connect at Retreat »

When Dean Valerie Ashby shows up as a guest in your class, sometimes she brings props. Zooming in from her dining room table one morning this October, she hoisted a roll of Kevlar threads toward the camera, questioning whether students were familiar with the material used to create bullet-proof vests. A similarly-sized sample of Nomex came into view next, as she described its flame-retardant properties. “It is the same chemical compound,” said the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences leader, who is a chemist by training… read more about Classroom Drop-ins Build Connections with Students, Tackle Challenging Topics »

In normal times the Duke Reader Project pairs approximately 60 students with outside readers, Duke alums or employees, to help improve students’ writing and reasoning skills. This semester the numbers have almost doubled and the Duke Reader Project is looking for more reader volunteers read more about Duke Reader Project Sees Increase in Student Participation and is Looking for Volunteers »

Duke employees and alumni have a chance to share their expertise and help students with their writing through the Duke Reader Project.  The Duke Reader Project is seeking Duke alumni, staff and faculty – called “readers” – to assist undergraduate students with assignments in writing courses for the fall and spring semesters. By participating, Duke alumni and employees use their knowledge to help students improve their communication and reasoning skills.  “There is a tremendous amount of knowledge that employees and alumni… read more about Help Students One Word at a Time »

Aaron Colton's article “Who (According to Students) Uses the Writing Center: Acknowledging Impressions and Misimpressions of Writing Center Services and User Demographics” will be featured in the new issue of Praxis. This article analyzes the results of a spring 2019 survey of Georgia Tech undergraduates on their understandings and impressions of the services that the Georgia Tech Communication Center provides and the students the center sees most frequently. By comparing such understandings across participants’ self-… read more about Aaron Colton's Article To Be Featured in Praxis »

A small red timer in the shape of a tomato is the key to Sabrina Thomas’ focus. She sets the timer for 25-minutes and gets started on single task such as responding to email, writing a transition paragraph in her book about Black doll production in the 20th century or preparing for an upcoming meeting. When the timer beeps, Thomas takes a 5-minute break. Her practice is known as the Pomodoro Technique, suggests you work on a big or small task in increments of 25 minutes, taking short breaks after each session to do… read more about Pomodoro Technique for Writers »

It's a pleasure to introduce myself and to join the Thompson Writing Program! My affinity for writing centers and composition pedagogy began at Vassar College, where I first found a space for thinking about what it means to be a writer and how to relate to other writers as a peer. I was fortunate in my PhD studies at the University of Virginia and postdoc at Georgia Tech to further my commitment to writing centers, first as a graduate consultant at the UVA Writing Center and then as an assistant director of the Georgia Tech… read more about Introducing Dr. Aaron Colton, Thompson Writing Program Lecturer »