PWR Brown Bag Series, Fall 2013

Wed., Sept 11

ePortfolio discussion/presentation of Digication updates/Q and A session by Cynthia Davidson (Humanities SINC site)

In this session, Cynthia will facilitate a discussion with the PWR about Digication ePortfolios and WRT 102. In particular, she will demonstrate Digication’s new features, such as the integration of Google Drive. You’ll also have the chance to customize an ePortfolio template for your own course as well as create a faculty ePortfolio that will be linked to the PWR website. NOTE: This session will begin at 1:15.


Wed., Sept 18

PWR READING SERIES hosted by Kevin Clouther (in the Poetry Center)

Dennis Doherty, SUNY New Paltz


Wed., Sept 25

Portfolio Expectation/Calibration and Assessment Session by Kristina Lucenko and Peter Khost

FROM KRISTINA: How well do we prepare our students for WRT 102 portfolio assessment throughout the semester? In this session we will review and assess examples of student portfolio writing, and share how we incorporate the final portfolio into our teaching throughout the semester.

FROM PETER: As charged by the Provost’s Task Force on Assessment, in anticipation of this year’s Middle States accreditation review, and as part of an ongoing effort to better account for learning outcomes across the University, the Program in Writing and Rhetoric will be taking periodic steps toward better understanding and documenting how well our students are learning what we (the PWR) want them to learn.  This iterative process will take place in small increments, eventually throughout all levels of our curriculum.  For WRT 102 this semester, the only new, temporary step we will take is to flag a representative number of portfolios and rate a selection from each of them using a rubric particularly designed for assessing rhetorical knowledge.  This move is entirely incidental to the rest of the portfolio process, which will proceed as usual.  In other words, these results are strictly for internal purposes and will have no effect on whether students pass the conventional portfolio reading or not.  This initiative entails minimal additional effort on individual portfolio readers’ parts, and there is no need to make any pedagogical changes.  At our calibration sessions this semester we can discuss this matter and practice using/revising the rhetorical knowledge rubric.  Please feel free to ask me related questions at or at my office: Humanities 2042-A. Thank you.


Wed., Oct 2

PWR READING SERIES hosted by Kevin Clouther (in the Poetry Center)

Larry Carr, SUNY New Paltz


Wed., Oct 9


Please join current and prospective Writing Minors for pizza and conversation about the PWR, our writing courses, and our Minor in Writing. This event will take place from 1-2:20 in the shared faculty lounge (Humanities 2029).


Wed., Oct 16


Anne Fadiman (in the Staller Center)

On The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down


Wed., Oct 30

Veterans in the Writing Classroom by Roger Thompson

At the 2010 CCCC, Marilyn Valentino used her Chair’s Address as an opportunity to acknowledge the rapidly growing demographic of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans entering our writing classrooms.  She noted that nearly 500,000 veterans entered college during the previous year and that many of those new students brought with them the effects of war.  Valentino’s comments, which end with the assertion that “we do have an ethical obligation to react responsibly” to veterans in the classroom, come seven years after a resolution adopted by CCCC encouraging student writing about wars “perpetrated” by the U. S. Government.  At this brown bag, we will engage in a discussion about what, if any, ethical obligations we, as faculty at SBU and in the PWR, have in addressing student veterans and their family members.   It will be an opportunity to consider the veteran demographic here at Stony Brook, to examine our own conceptions of the “veteran” and what current research tells us about veterans in higher education, and to develop strategies for engagement that are appropriate for our student body, institution, and community.


Wed., Nov 6

Does the Left Hand Know What the Right Hand's Doing?  Writing Center Tutors and Writing Program Instructors by Dennis Clarke

We’ll get the Writing Center tutors and Writing Program instructors together to discuss issues of mutual interest. Pizza, soda and cookies will be served, but you don’t get to eat unless you attend.


Wed., Nov 13

Support Services for Students by Robert Kaplan

The first semester of college is a significant social, emotional and academic transition for students that some make more successfully than others.  Because of the small class sizes of WRT 101 and WRT 102, we often see first-hand those who are having trouble.  At this Brown Bag, representatives from various campus support services will discuss the kinds of assistance that they provide for both US and international students, as well as how we, as faculty, can help identify students in need and assist them in accessing appropriate services.


Wed., Nov 20

End-of-Semester Portfolio Calibration and Assessment Session by Kristina Lucenko and Peter Khost


Wed., Dec 4

TALENT Grant on Collaborative/Interactive Applications by Shyam Sharma and Chris Petty

After receiving one of this year’s TALENT Grants, Christopher Petty and Shyam Sharma are currently presenting workshops and developing resources intended to assist faculty across campus with the effective use of collaborative/interactive applications such as Google Docs and Wikis. Their project’s objective is to show how faculty who use such applications can optimize their pedagogical uses while also avoiding potential challenges involving privacy and confidentiality issues, including FERPA regulations. Their project grew out of a brown bag session that Chris and Shyam presented last spring, and this semester they intend to share some of the findings and insights from their interactions with faculty in other disciplines across campus. The broader objective of this session is to discuss how writing teachers can address the lack of definitive policies (and outdated laws) about potential downsides in the use of increasingly advantageous applications that we ask/require our students to use.

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