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The Weekly Blast: November 12, 2010

EXERCISE OF THE WEEK
Travis Grandy brings us this week’s exercise. “What are the selling us? Advertisers and Audience” asks students to watch three commercials for baby carrots in order to think about the choices writers make to connect to audience. To see the exercise and the videos click on:
http://www.umass.edu/writingprogram/teaching/database/_resourcecontents.html

IT’S A PROCESS TEACHING BLOG
Add to the Conversation on the Resource Center teaching blog. https://blogs.umass.edu/

TECH FELLOWS OPEN MEETING on TUESDAY NOVEMBER 16 from 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Join the Tech Fellows on their exploration through the wonderful world of word processing. They will be exploring the worlds of Google Docs, Microsoft Word, and more!
Tuesday, November 16 from 5:00-6:00 pm in the Grad Lab (Bart 307A).

DIVERSITY ON TAP REAPPEARS!
The exciting discussions and camaraderie continue! New Day, New Time!
Celebrate your upcoming weekend and discuss the relevance diversity plays in our teaching, our writing, and living. Drop in any week for discussion, collaboration and fun with fellow Writing Program Teaching Associates. Every other Thursday in the downstairs bar of the Northampton Brewery.

Thursday November 18, 6:30 pm at the Northampton Brewery.

Thursday December 2, 6:30 pm at the Northampton Brewery

Thursdays. Beer. Diversity, 6:30. Northampton.

ANTHOLOGY IN GREAT NEED OF UNIT I AND UNIT II TEXTS FOR NEXT YEAR'S STUDENT ANTHOLOGY!

The number of essay submissions to the Student Anthology committee is way down this year. The Committee is particularly concerned right now about the lack of Unit I and Unit II essays for next year's Anthology. (But it is of course interested in Units III, IV, and V, too!) Please think back to Units I and II this semester: was there a student text from your class that you thought might be appropriate for the Anthology? Remember: this is a teaching text of student writing - the essays don't have to be perfect! Do not worry about editing or finding the ideal text. Remember how valuable the Anthology is for all of us, students and teachers.

Contact Pat Zukowski pez@acad.umass.edu or 545- 6240

SPRING 2011 TEACHING SCHEDULE Check out the Writing Program website for your spring teaching assignment www.umass.edu/writingprogram/downloads/teachschedsp11.pdf

REQUESTS FOR TRAVEL FUNDING
If you have been accepted to present a paper at an upcoming conference, please apply for funding (up to $300.00) through the English Department. Email Jenny Spencer (jspencer@english.umass.edu) detailed information about the conference (name of conference, location, etc) as well as a copy of your acceptance. If additional travel funds are needed, please send an email to Heidi Terault (hterault@acad.umass.edu).

FINAL EXAMS FOR FALL SEMESTER
Starting to plan for your final exam meeting? We will be sharing ideas about what to do during the final exam period in our Joint Practicum on 11/22 and during our final Tuesday Workshops. Also check out the “Final Exams for College Writing” in the Resource Center Database at http://www.umass.edu/writingprogram/downloads/Final%20Exams.pdf

COURSE EVALUATIONS.
End of semester course evaluations are being prepared and will be ready for pick up Monday, November 29. They are due back in the office by December 3. Detailed information to follow in next week's blast.

CELEBRATION OF WRITING, SPRING ‘11
Attention instructors! The Writing Program is already preparing for our annual Celebration of Writing Festival. Please consider participating in this event. Information about the celebration will be in your mailboxes Monday, 11/8. Our keynote speaker will be James Heflin, a UMass MFA graduate, musician, and Arts Editor for the Advocate. If you have any questions about the event please contact Peggy Woods at pmwoods@acad.umass.edu or Heidi Terault at hterault@acad.umass.edu. Feel free, also, to stop by their offices to discuss the celebration or the Best Text Contest.

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: WRITING TUTOR (GRADUATE), WRITING CENTER
University of Massachusetts Amherst

The university’s Writing Center has an opening for two graduate student writing tutors, whose appointments will begin in spring semester 2011. The Writing Center, housed in the UMass Amherst Learning Commons, is a place where students, faculty, and staff can talk with a knowledgeable writing tutor about writing-in-process. The new writing tutors will join a staff of over 40 undergraduate and graduate tutors, undergraduate tutor interns (who work for course credit), and administrative assistants. Graduate student tutors can work up to five hours per week and must be willing to work either a Sunday or evening shift; the pay rate for graduate student writing tutors is $19.10 per hour.

Applicants must be registered UMass Amherst graduate students during the 2010-2011 academic year. Required qualifications include coursework and/or teacher-training in composition pedagogy; experience tutoring or teaching college student writers; and a desire to participate in tutor workshops on composition pedagogy. Preference will be given to those applicants who have, more specifically, prepared for one-on-one writing education in a university course on composition pedagogy (e.g., English 329H) or an equivalent teacher practicum (e.g., the Writing Program’s practicum on individualized conferencing with students).

To apply, please send the following to writingcenter@acad.umass.edu by November 29, 2010: (1) a letter of interest that discusses your interest in writing education and your relevant experience, (2) a curriculum vita, and (3) the name and email address of a course director or professor who can speak to your potential as a writing tutor. Select applicants will be invited to an interview in the first and second weeks of December.


 
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