Oregon State University

Spring 2013

  • By Vicki Tolar Burton, WIC DirectorWIC Director Vicki Tolar Burton

    This issue of Teaching with Writing is rich with ideas for teaching, learning, and improving writing:

    --Looking for a new twist on peer review? Wood Science and Engineering professor Lech Muszynski shares his in-class experiments using peer review after writing is graded.

    --We asked winners of the WIC Culture of Writing awards to share advice about writing.  “Minimize your ink-to-information ratio.  Simply say what needs to be said,” advises undergrad Anthony Amsberry, winner of the Culture of Writing award in Bioengineering.  Read more student words of wisdom and more about the awards....

  • By Lech Muszynski, Associate Professor in the Department of Wood Science and EngineeringProfessor Lech Muszynski

    When I first heard about the idea of peer review exercises for students involved in undergraduate courses I was intrigued, but at the same time firmly convinced that it would never work in my classes. To begin with, the idea was presented by Vicki Tolar Burton in one of WIC’s workshops and all the examples and comments related to peer review as a tool to be used in the WIC course context. My courses were definitely not WIC....

  • By Zach Pajak

    Professor of Political Science Sarah Henderson has the distinction of thus far being one of the few instructors at Oregon State University to have taken the Fall WIC Faculty Seminar twice.  The first time took place when she was fresh out of graduate school, during her very first term as a professor in 2000....


  • By Michele BromleyAccessibility

    Accessibility is an issue of paramount importance at Oregon State University. In my work with OSU’s Disability Access Services, I was surprised by the lack of awareness among academic faculty of web, document, and built environment accessibility issues on campus. The responsibility of a teacher is to make education accessible to all students—both abled and disabled....

  • Image of hand creating a path via writingBy Phillip Brown

    Teaching and Learning Creatively is a unique book in the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) field. It functions like a portfolio, showcasing student work side-by-side with reflections from the teachers who gave the assignments. Each piece illustrates a variety of ways to introduce creativity into the curriculum across the disciplines....


  • OSU Valley Library HallwayBy Laurie Bridges, Assistant Professor, Instruction and Emerging Technologies Librarian

    As anyone working in higher education knows, international student numbers are booming. In the Oregon University System the international student population grew 45% between 2008 and 2011, as compared to a 20% growth for overall enrollment (Graves, 2011). At Oregon State University the total number of international students was 2,362 in the fall of 2012, an increase of 27.5% over the previous year....

  •                                                                                                                                                                                             The Fall 2013 WIC Faculty Seminar is just around the corner. Faculty interested in participating should ask their department heads to email a nomination to WIC director Vicki Tolar Burton at Vicki.tolarburton@oregonstate.edu.

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