How First Year Writing Courses Can Revitalize Democracy

What follows is a synthesis of conference welcomes written by SUNY Council on Writing President Michael Murphy in the years since the current administration has held office. In this time, the role of the writing educator in nurturing critical thinking, objectivity, and self-reflection has never been more vital to sustaining democracy and defining the identityContinue reading “How First Year Writing Courses Can Revitalize Democracy”

Why Teaching Composition Virtually Presents New Possibilities for Rhetorical Exchange

Parts of this interview with Professor Cynthia Haynes, Director of Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design of Clemson University, also appeared within the Stony Brook University’s College of Arts and Sciences Newsletter, here. “There are people that I have met virtually and known ONLY virtually for over 25 years. Yet, I do not feel as ifContinue reading “Why Teaching Composition Virtually Presents New Possibilities for Rhetorical Exchange”

How Reading Contemporary Short Stories Creates Good and Empathetic Writers

This piece previously appeared in the spring 2020 volume of Expose: The Journal of Expository Writing at Purchase College. By Emily Sausen At the end of each semester, I share a New York Times op-ed titled “Don’t Turn Away From the Art of Life” with my College Writing students. In his plea for all of us toContinue reading “How Reading Contemporary Short Stories Creates Good and Empathetic Writers”

Embodied Acts of Reflection and Renewal

By Joelle Mann Last week we came together for a webinar of reflective and responsive practice organized by SUNY Council on Writing Board Members Amy Beth Wright (Purchase College), Katelynn DeLuca (SUNY Farmingdale), Tom Friedrich (SUNY Plattsburgh), along with Mitch Morris, Director of College Writing at Purchase College. Maintaining a commitment to creative, relational expression,Continue reading “Embodied Acts of Reflection and Renewal”

Our Next Webinar Convenes on September 25, 2020

With the school year now well underway, we invite you to a community conversation to restore and reflect, with strategies and insights from the first month of teaching shared organically within our reflective conversations. Please join us at 4:00 p.m. on Friday September 25 for 90 minutes to connect with peers, share, listen, and learnContinue reading “Our Next Webinar Convenes on September 25, 2020”

Reimagining Possibilities For Student Support

Following the March shutdown, SUNY Jefferson devised new strategies for offering holistic and transformative support to students. By Amy Beth Wright Our August 13 webinar convened administrators and educators from Jefferson Community College (SUNY Jefferson)—the composition of the panel was representative of the panel’s message: With focused and intentional collaboration between faculty and administration, theContinue reading “Reimagining Possibilities For Student Support”

The Pedagogy of Compassion: Resources From Our August 6 Webinar

By Amy Beth Wright Compassion, and awareness of the cumulative trauma of both structural racism and the dislocation brought on by the global pandemic, were through-lines in the discussion during SUNY Council on Writing’s first webinar in advance of the fall 2020 semester, “Reflecting Back, Preparing within Uncertainty: Fostering Student Agency in Writing Courses.” JoelleContinue reading “The Pedagogy of Compassion: Resources From Our August 6 Webinar”

Internationalization of Education: Neoliberal vs Humanistic Affordances

Shyam Sharma, Stony Brook University* Some time ago, while I was teaching a first-year writing course that only had international students, after a good class discussion about the importance of writing courses like that as a place to learn some of the fundamentals of American higher education, one student followed me to my office toContinue reading “Internationalization of Education: Neoliberal vs Humanistic Affordances”

MOOCs, the Teaching of Writing, and Academic Labor

Originally published in the newsletter of the Oswego chapter of UUP: Writing program administrators often joke that class sizes in first-year writing courses have more to do with US News and World Report – which defines “small” classes in its college rankings as those enrolling fewer than 20 students – than with all the impassionedContinue reading “MOOCs, the Teaching of Writing, and Academic Labor”