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Instructor's Handbook

The 2016-2017 edition of our Handbook for Instructors is now in PDF form. To view, go to

The UMass Amherst Writing Program
Handbook for Instructors

An Overview
The First Year Writing Program

Teaching Associateships

Contractual Responsibilities
Required Teacher Training
Teaching Support
Student Evaluations
Additional Opportunities
Practical Matters

Planning Your Course

Teaching Philosophy
College Writing Basics
Chart: The Units of College Writing (PDF)
The 112 Writing Process
Evaluation of Student Work: Grading
Teaching with Technology
Working with Diverse Writers

Rules and Regulations

For Students
Plagiarism and Academic Dishonesty
For Instructors

Services for Students

The Writing Center
Helping Students in Distress
Additional Student Services


Writing Program Staff
Important Contact Information
Useful Campus Numbers
Academic Calendar
Writing Program Calendar
A Writing Teacher's Bibliography

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