Instructor professional development

ICaP offers regular workshops, travel funding, and other opportunities which help our instructors become better teacher-scholars.

Extensive Mentoring

All graduate students who teach for ICaP begin their work with a week of orientation to Introductory Composition. In the first year, all graduate student instructors enroll in English 505A and 505B, a two-semester mentoring course sequence taught by a professor in rhetoric & composition, assisted by an advanced graduate student. These courses include extensive training, classroom observations, peer-to-peer mentoring, discussion of relevant readings, and in-depth engagement in teaching technologies and pedagogical practices for digital media.

Professionalization Workshops

The Assistant Directors for ICaP, in conjunction with other departmental organizations, faculty, and graduate students, host several workshops per semester focused on pedagogical and professional development. Experienced instructors are welcome to contribute to and lead these workshops as determined in consultation with an Assistant Director.

Administrative Positions for Graduate Students

Graduate students from the Department of English are invited to apply for multiple annually appointed positions which support the work of ICaP and offer hands-on experience in writing program administration. The graduate student assistant directors organize the syllabus themes and assists the director with assessment, program development, and the English Graduate Pedagogy Showcase. Assistant mentors, who work with faculty mentors in Engl. 505A and 505B, help first-year instructors become acclimated to teaching composition. Technology mentors help all ICaP instructors teach digital media and networked writing. Graduate student instructors who have completed the 505 course sequence are encouraged to apply for these positions.

English Graduate Pedagogy Showcase

The EGPS is an annual symposium that displays posters representing English instructors’ innovative pedagogy and research. We encourage all instructors to participate in the poster sessions or lightning talks, and we maintain a list of other humanities conferences where instructors may wish to take their posters after the symposium.

ICaP/GradSEA Travel Grants

In cooperation with the Graduate Student English Association, we offer ten $200 travel awards every year, supporting ICaP instructors sharing pedagogical research at conferences. Pedagogical work need not focus exclusively on teaching composition.

Participation in ICaP-approved or Sponsored Research

Because ICaP curricula are research-driven, we actively support writing research in many ways. ICaP instructors are permitted to conduct classroom-based research, under the supervision of the director, and participate in research which is centrally administered as well.

Job Market Series

Coordinated with Director of Graduate Studies Dr. Nush Powell. We begin a series of workshops in March and continue them deep into the Fall semester, addressing the job market cycle for graduating PhDs. In March, students who have completed successful searches are invited to share their experiences with those about to begin the process. While the series speaks directly to students applying for jobs and graduating, we invite participation from those are earlier in their careers. Direct and peer-to-peer support is provided and encouraged.