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For Junior Year Writing Instructors

The JYW Program aims to support JYW instructors as you design curricula for a discipline-specific writing course and explore options for classroom practice. During the academic year, the JYW Program hosts workshops focused on teaching writing-intensive courses at UMass, and we are happy to talk with JYW instructors in one-on-one consultations.

Here you will find a brief introduction to teaching and learning in discipline-specific writing courses as well as support for the following:

Instructors can find more sample materials and further information about teaching JYW at UMass in the 2007-2008 JYW Sourcebook. In 2000, the cross-disciplinary Writing Across the Curriculum Assessment Group, brought together by the JYW Program and the Office of Academic Planning and Assessment (OAPA), wrote a report on establishing shared learning objectives and assignments for JYW courses. The full report, including, sample assignments and resources, is available on the OAPA website

Faculty who are proposing a new JYW course, adding a JYW designation to an existing course, or completing a Quinquennial review of your current JYW course can find information about University requirements for a JYW course here, and proposals can be submitted through the UMass Course and Curriculum Management System.