Backward by Design Working Retreat

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Backward by Design Working Retreat

WIS sponsors an annual, multi-day writing instruction workshops event near the beginning of each academic year for faculty who teach with writing. This opportunity offers faculty a chance to gain ideas and new practices on teaching and assessing writing, as well as a chance to work on their own course materials in the company of their colleagues from across campus. 

This three-day retreat is usually held at Western's Shannon Point Marine Center nestled in the woods and near the water in Anacortes. All expenses for travel, lodging, food, and materials are covered. Visit the WIS events page for a summary of the event details.

An additional stipend is available to retreat participants who choose to complete a mini-study and brief write-up identifying specific ideas/practices they gained from the retreat followed by a brief write-up within the current academic year. 

Backward by Design Mini-Studies:

Selected Mini-Studies from Four Disciplines

Joan Connell (Journalism)

Kari Jo Hilgendorf (Health and Human Development)

Monique Kerman (Art History)

Marc Muniz (Chemistry)



Claire Lending (Finance and Marketing)

Claudia Wang (Community Health)

Li Wang (Modern and Classical Languages)

Michelle Runyan (English)

Monique Kerman (Art History)

Nini Hayes (Environmental Studies)

Rita Daniels (Communication Studies)

Warren Cornwall (Environmental Studies)



Dean Wright (Journalism)

Jessyca Arthur-Cameselle (Health and Human Development)

Joan Connell (Journalism)

Kari Jo Hilgendorf (Health and Human Development)

Reid Dorsey-Palmateer (Economics)

Ying Li (Health and Human Development)



James Loucky (Anthropology)

Brian Bowe (Journalism)

Michael Fraas (Communication Sciences and Disorders)

Harsh Buddhadev (Health and Human Development)

Marc Muniz (Chemistry)

Sean Dwyer (Modern & Classical Languages)

Hilary Schwandt (Fairhaven)



James Fortney (Communication Studies) 

Catherine Riordan (Psychology)

Cat Armstrong Soule (Finance & Marketing)



Sean Dwyer (Modern & Classical Languages)

Jasmine Goodnow (Physical Education, Health, and Recreation)

Matthew Holtmeier (English)

Michelle Saint (Philosophy)

Peter Smith (Western Libaries)



Sean Dwyer (Modern & Classical Languages)

Linda Keeler (Physical Education, Health, and Recreation)

Kristina Luce (Art)

Helen Morgan Parmett (Communicaton Studies)

Michelle Saint (Philosophy)