The Sweetland Seminar for Engaged Learning brings together faculty and graduate student instructors (GSIs) from multiple disciplines to explore writing as a means of learning in STEM and large enrollment gateway courses. During this six-week seminar, participants learn more about the pedagogy behind writing-to-learn assignments as well as explore ways that writing-to-learn is being used in courses at U-M and beyond. This seminar is open to any faculty member who is interested in learning more about how writing can be used to improve student learning. The seminar is supported by the College of Literature, Science & and Arts and the Sweetland Center for Writing.
Teams of faculty and GSIs are encouraged to participate, but it is not necessary for a faculty member to be accompanied by a GSI. However, GSIs can participate only as part of a faculty team.
All seminar participants share a commitment to:
- Fostering more engaged learning in STEM and large enrollment courses
- Employing writing as a means of learning
- Creating a community of practice at U-M around writing-to-learn pedagogies
In the fall term, seminar participants:
- Meet for two hours a week for six weeks (time and date TBD)
- Read and discuss articles related to writing-to-learn
- Confer with experienced U-M faculty about writing-to-learn assignments
- Discuss writing-to-learn pedagogies with colleagues
After the end of the semester, Faculty receive $1,000 in a research account and GSIs receive a $1,000 stipend during fall term.
After participating in the seminar, faculty can decide to apply to participate in the M-Write Program in which Sweetland will provide support in implementing writing-to-learn through the following:
- Writing Fellow support (undergraduates who have previously excelled in the course and who are trained by Sweetland to assist with implementing writing to learn)
- Support from M-Write staff
- Access to the M-Write automated peer review system
- Opportunities to confer with experienced M-Write faculty
An interest in M-Write is not required to participate in this seminar; however, faculty who wish to use M-Write in their courses must have first participated in this seminar. Visit M-Write to learn more about the M-Write project.
Applying for the M-Write Seminar
Application materials include:
- A letter (maximum one page) indicating the applicant’s interest in using writing as a mode of learning in their course, including goals and rationale for implementing writing-to-learn pedagogies in this course, and (if applicable) an explanation of how your GSI might benefit from participating in the seminar (and GSI CV if appropriate)
We are currently not accepting applications for the M-Write Seminar.
Contact Laura Schuyler at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.