Sidebar Image
wp home > general info > blast 2009-04-17
The Weekly Blast: April 17, 2009

Patriot’s Day will be observed as a state holiday on Monday, April 20. A Monday class schedule will follow on Tuesday, April 21.

“Writing the Future Now” the fourth annual Writing Program’s Celebration of Writing will be held on May 13, 2009 from 11:30-3:00pm in Goodell. The keynote speaker will be Claudia Ricci, journalist, novelist and Huntington Post bloggist. The Celebration will include readings and displays from the Experimental Writing Workshop series, College Writing, Basic Writing, and Junior-Year Writing. The writers selected for the Student Anthology will honored as well as the announcement for the Best Text Contest winners. If you would like your class to participate in the festival please contact Peggy Woods.

Interested in thinking about the ways technologies shape your teaching? Thinking about the digital literacies students bring to our writing classes? Want to hear more about the projects Tech Fellows are working through this semester? If so, please join us for conversation on 4/21 in Bartlett 101 at 4:00! The Tech Fellows will describe the projects they are working through this semester and if there’s time will discuss teaching with emerging technologies in general. This would be a great opportunity to hear about some interesting classroom practices and projects. Come to find out more about Tech Fellows!

As we approach the end of the semester Lisha Daniels gives us a great exercise for the Final Reflection. To see the full details click here.

All TO’s Welcome!

Diversity will not meet over Spring Break but will resume:

Thursday, April 23 at 8:00, the Diversity Tap will meet at

Wiggin’s Tavern
Join members of the Diversity Committee to discuss issues related to writing and the classroom every Thursday evening! Bring questions, concerns, and classroom situations and enjoy a lively discussion!

A packet of information containing the Dream Sheet and Practica form was put in your mail boxes on Wednesday, April 8. Please return the completed forms to the envelope on the bulletin board in the Writing Program office, room 305, no later than Friday, April 24.

Friday, May 8 is the deadline for requesting magazine publications at Print Services.

The second drawer in the copy machine is set up for colored paper. Drawer one will only be used for white paper. A simple instruction sheet is on the wall behind the machine and feel free to ask me if you have questions. – Becky

End of semester course evaluations are ready for pick up on Monday, April 27. Please remember that, unlike midterm evaluations, these evaluations are required. Directions for administering evaluations are on the envelope. Please read them carefully and convey the directions correctly to your students. Becky will (graciously and happily) answer any questions you have. These evaluations take 20-30 minutes for your students to complete and are best administered at the start of class. Course evaluations must be done by Thursday, May 7th. This is a week earlier than in the past.

The Resource Center has openings for two staff members for next year. To apply, please send a letter of interest to Peggy Woods by Friday April 24, 2009. For more information please see the Writing Program website ( or contact any member of the Resource Center staff: Leslie Bradshaw, Amber Engelson, Emma Howes, Mark Koyama, Denise Paster, or Peggy Woods.

We are seeking an interested graduate student to serve as assistant to the Placement Test Coordinator, Deirdre Vinyard for the 2009-2010 academic year (including summer 2010). This position begins in September 2009.

Responsibilities: Assist the coordinator in developing essay questions, selecting training essays, revising the rating criteria, and conducting the summer 2010 placement test readings and reader-training sessions. The dates for summer 2010 have not bee set yet, but we anticipate that they will occur in June and July.

Applicants must be available to serve as readers during summer 2009. Readings this summer will be held from 9-4 on the following dates:

June 22, 23, 24, 25
July 27, 28, 29, 30

The Assistant Placement Test Coordinator will also participate in two readings during the year: During the first week of the fall semester and the first week of the Spring semester, we will do group readings (100+ tests).

Required: Experience as a reader, interest in placement for writing courses, organizational and planning skills, and a good sense of humor!

Preferred but not required: graduate area or course work in Writing and the Teaching of Writing; and interest in working with the placement exam administration for more than just this summer.

Pay: $1,750

If you are interested please let Deirdre Vinyard know, by email, by Friday, April 17th. In your email, please explain briefly why you are interested and tell the ways you believe that you are qualified for the position.
If you have any questions, please contact Deirdre Vinyard

TECH FELLOW, 2009-10:
Applications are now being accepted for the Writing Program’s Technology Fellows program for 2009-10. Technology Fellows are graduate student TOs in First Year Writing (Englwrit 111 or 112), or a closely aligned program, who together engage questions of teaching writing with technology, both theoretically and practically, through academic reading, discussion, and hands-on play with technologies. Fellows meet in a small-group setting, under the leadership of the Tech Fellows co-directors, on the Mondays opposite Writing Program practica (i.e., every other week). Participation is for the entire academic year 2009-2010. A small stipend accompanies the Fellowship; Tech Fellows share an office in Bart 303. If you’re interested, submit a letter (hard copy) of 1-2 paragraphs expressing your interest to David Fleming, Director of the Writing Program, Bartlett Hall 305, Amherst MA 01003. The deadline for the letter is noon on Friday, April 24.


April 17 Student’s tutoring application deadline

Summer employment application deadline

Placement test assistant dealine

April 20 Patriots Day, state holiday

April 21 Monday’s schedule

April 21 Tech Fellow Presentation

April 23 Diversity on Tap, 8:00pm, Wiggins Tavern, Northampton

April 24 Dream Sheet deadline

Resource Staff application deadline

Tech Fellow application deadline

May 8 Magazine publication deadline

May 13 Celebration of Writing

UMail / UDrive / Spark / Spire