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 Purdue, Introductory Composition, and if necessary teaching writing—though most new graduate students come to Purdue with some teaching experience. In the first year, all graduate students enroll in English 505A and 505B, a two-semester mentoring course sequence taught by an experienced ICaP instructor, often 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 networked writing and digital media.
ICaP Professional Development Award
ICaP instructors who attend and host workshops, work on ICaP committees, and support the program in other ways can earn these awards by documenting their activities.
Quintilian Award for Excellence in Teaching
ICaP instructors whose teaching evaluations achieve a certain threshold earn the Quintilian Award, recognizing the top 10% of teaching evaluations at Purdue.
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 director organizes the syllabus approaches and assists the director with assessment, program development, and the Purdue Writing Showcase. Assistant mentors help first-year instructors become acclimated to teaching composition. Technology mentors help all ICaP instructors teach digital media and networked writing.
Leadership positions in syllabus approaches
Every section of English 106 uses a syllabus approach to shape its content and particular approach to the ICaP outcomes. Our syllabus approaches are led by ICaP instructors, who support other instructors by sharing curricula and hosting workshops specific to that syllabus approach. Syllabus approach leaders convene as the Pedagogical Initiatives Committee, which consults with the ICaP leadership regarding program governance.
Purdue Writing Showcase
The Writing Showcase is a day-long symposium that displays posters representing the year’s most innovative print and digital projects produced by English 106 and 108 students, professional writing students, and instructors. We encourage instructors to participate in the Purdue Writing Showcase by nominating their students or sharing their own pedagogical innovations.
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.
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 placement 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.