The Writing Program and the CWAA are pleased to offer the Writing Fellows Program to support writing-intensive courses at Stonehill. A Writing Fellow is an undergraduate teaching assistant who is specifically charged with supporting writing activities in the classroom.
Faculty who are granted a Writing Fellow agree to participate in a Writing Portfolio Project to assess student writing and learning across the curriculum. This is a part of an overall plan to assess writing and general education at Stonehill.
- Requiring students to submit a course-based writing sample on eLearn for collegial review and discussion.
- A half-day retreat with Writing Fellows and faculty to debrief on the semester and to discuss student writing in the context of FYS learning outcomes.
The Writing Fellow's Role in the Classroom
Writing Fellows may work up to four hours per week during the semester. Fellows will participate and receive compensation for ongoing training and supervisory meetings. Writing Fellows are not content experts, and they are not expected to attend every class session. Writing Fellows are specifically charged with supporting and facilitating writing activities in the classroom, including the following:
- Collaborate with faculty on crafting and "auditioning" writing assignments.
- Respond to drafts of student papers and informal assignments prior to them being submitted for a final grade.
- Facilitate or participate in small-group discussions of student work or structured peer review sessions.
- Serve as liaisons to the CWAA to facilitate referrals for one-to-one tutoring.
- Provide tutoring support for individual students by appointment in the CWAA.
- Respond online to student blogs or discussion forums and chats on e-learn.
- Facilitate the process of assembling student portfolios and submitting them on e-learn.
Writing Fellows are not asked to:
- Proctor examinations.
- Grade high-stakes papers or examinations.
- Conduct research unrelated to class preparation.
- Provide clerical support to faculty.
- Conduct personal business for faculty.
- Provide one-to-one tutoring outside of the CWAA.
- Discipline students.
How to Apply
Students with an overall GPA of 3.0 or above may be nominated to be Writing Fellows by faculty and may be accepted into the Program after an interview with the Associate Director for Writing and Academic Achievement. The CWAA may also refer qualified students to interested faculty.