Writing Research Fellows
The Writing Instruction Support program sponsors Writing Research Fellowships to faculty-student pairs to develop a study investigating the effectiveness of a particular writing instruction practice being used in the classroom.
Each Writing Research Fellow pair receives a modest stipend in exchange for meeting once-a-month during the academic year to consult on their evolving studies and agrees to share their resulting findings and materials.
Faculty-student pairs publish their results both in person at professional development events on campus and on the Writing Instruction Support website.
See examples of past studies below.
The 2015-2016 Writing Research Fellows:
Sura Al-Qudah (Engineering & Design) and Nathan Romond (Mathematics): "Assessment of Engineering Writing at Western Washington University"
The 2014-2015 Writing Research Fellows:
Jeremy Cushman and Katie Teer (English): "Telling Stories in a Professional and Technical Communication Course"
Tara Perry and Jackie Heller (Communication Studies): "Co-authors: Faculty-student Collaborative Writers"
Megan Spiegel (English graduate student and Research and Program Manager, Graduate School): "(Re)Sequencing the Research/Writing Process in the Writing Classroom"
The 2013-2014 Writing Research Fellows:
As part of the Elon Seminar on Writing Transfer involving a cohort of 40+ scholars from across the US and other countries, Carmen Werder conducted a study titled "Telling Expectations About Academic Writing" - an article on her findings is forthcoming, Stylus 2016. Werder worked with several WWU undergraduates who helped code survey responses.
The 2012-2013 Writing Research Fellows:
Kristin Mahoney and Kaitlyn Abrams (English): "The Use of Archival Sources in Scholary Writing"
Karen Bradley and Michael Manley (Sociology): "Does the Creation of an Outline Prior to Writing a Draft Enhance the Quality of Students' Papers?"
The 2010-2011 Writing Research Fellows:
Diana Jones and Rachell Redd (Human Services): "Using Visual Imagery to Enhance Student Writing"
Kathleen Zuanich Young and Francesca Leaf (Anthropology): "The Narrating Subject: Student Reflection on Witness Narrative"
Korry Harvey (Communication) and Misa Harring (Political Science): "The Effect of Student Peer Response and Assessment on the Proficiency of Writing Traits at the College Level"
The 2009-2010 Writing Research Fellows:
Raine Dozier and Kathryn Frazier (Human Services): "Peer Review Skill Development in a Writing Proficiency Course: Can Peer Review Really Improve Writing Skills?"
- Dozier and Frazier - Survey
Margi Fox and Jennie Jacobs (English): "Usability of Peer Review Workshops."
Ray Wolpow and Jody Bault (Secondary Education): "Analyzing Reflective Writing."
- Wolpow and Bault - Rubric for Analyzing Reflective Writing
Annemarie Curd, Shanyese Trujillo, and William Lay (Education): "Efficacy of Interactive Journaling as an Undergraduate Teaching/Learning Device."
The 2008-2009 Writing Research Fellows:
Bidisha Biswas, Rosa Jiminez, and Jessica Pemble (Political Science): “Challenging What We Think We Know: Moving Beyond the Obstacles of Prior Knowledge.”
Paul Chen and Steve Walker (Political Science): “The effectiveness of revision activities on improving writing.”
Suzanne Paola and Lori Brack (English): "Student Writing and Non-traditional Writing Media and Environments."
Margi Fox and Jeanne Killgore (English): "Impact of written comments on student writing."
Jennifer Karchmer and Kate Bauer (Communication): “Exploring Reflective Journal Writing in the Classroom.”
The 2007-2008 Writing Research Fellows:
Jennifer Karchmer and Anya Nakrokhina (Communication): Journal Writing in the Classroom: Chore or Delight?
Lauren McClanahan and Molly Mullen (Secondary Ed): People, Places and Ideas: A Year-long Conversation with Rural Alaskan Students
Catherine McDonald and Amanda Hill (English): Student Literacy and the Effect of Digital Writing
Bob Mitchell and Niki Thane (Geology): Integration of technical and scientific writing into Surface-Water Hydrology (GEOL 472/572)
Julia Sapin and Robyn Rossmeisl (Art History): Blogging as a Way of Thinking
Shelby Sheppard, Jennifer Baldwin, and Gretchen Anderson (Secondary Ed): Using a Field Journal to Enhance Conceptual Understanding
Jim Stewart, Mike Greiner, Cassandra Cook (Physics): Improving Metacognitive Skills
Tara Perry, Brian Launius, andHayley Peterson (Communication): Making it Through: From Start to Finish… Faculty and Student Co-authorship Process
The 2006-2007 Writing Research Fellows:
Cher Carnell, Tracy Coskie, Derrick Mears, Matthew Miller, and Julia Sapin.