WIP Structure

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WIP Structure

Roles/Responsibilities of WIP Advisory Committee Members

    The Advisory Committee serves an advisory role to the WIP Director and ensures continuity and consistency occur between WIP goals and faculty’s writing instruction in the following ways:

    1. Offers varied knowledge of SCU disciplines, departments, and schools to WIP Director, and makes a shared commitment to the development of excellent writers in cooperative/collaborative learning environments.
    2. Supports WIP as an integral part of a SCU education by becoming well informed about the writing intensive courses and best principles and practices in the instruction of writing in SCU colleges, departments, disciplines, and schools, and has a willingness and commitment to understanding the role of writing across the curriculum.
    3. Offers advice to the WIP Director regarding procedures for WI course proposal review and WI criteria, and makes recommendations pertaining to writing concerns/ issues, and workshops/faculty development.
    4. Promotes the advisory committee’s image and visibility to add credibility and respect to WIP, and becomes advocates of WIP to SCU departments, disciplines, and schools.
    5. Serves on ad hoc subcommittees to do WI course proposal review typically twice during an academic year.

      Joint Roles/Responsibilities of Committee Members and WIP Director:

        1. Connects WIP to colleges, departments, disciplines, and schools, and promotes WIP across the university.
        2. Serves as a resource for the university, and gathers and disseminates examples of best principles and practices in the instruction of writing.
        3. Develops strategies for assessment of writing in collaboration with other committees, such as CORE and EPC.
        4. Monitors achievements of program goals and objectives. Works collectively to ensure success in meeting WIP goals and objectives.
        5. Recommends new advisory committee members.
        6. Promotes regular attendance and active committee participation.
        7. Shares the planning of the committee agenda and taking minutes.
        8. Commits to using teamwork and collegiality to address writing issues and faculty development.

          Size/Composition of Committee and Duration of Membership

            1. Advisory Committee members agree to serve for two or three years and may renew membership twice, ensuring a balanced rotation of returning and new members.
            2. The WIP Director accepts recommendations from the Advisory Committee and recruits and appoints members to the committee.
            3. Members agree to attend meetings regularly (typically twice an academic year, excluding a possible ad hoc subcommittee meeting for WI proposal course review).  If members don’t participate as expected, their term will not be renewed, and they may be asked to leave the committee before their term expires.
            4. The committee includes 10 members, involving two ex officio members (one Director or Assistant Director from the O’Neill Center and the CORE director); most members will be comprised of faculty from colleges and schools across SCU.
            5. The WIP Director accepts recommendations from the Advisory Committee and recruits and appoints members to the committee.

             WIP Director Roles and Responsibilities:

            1. Assists departments, schools, and individual faculty members with various aspects of writing in their disciplines, including: designing writing assignments, responding to student writing, designing writing assessment, and using writing to improve critical thinking skills.
            2. Offers faculty development at least twice a year through various writing workshops.
            3. Monitors achievement of WIP goals and objectives.
            4. Promotes WIP and fosters a culture of writing in which students welcome the writing instruction they receive in their courses and strive to improve their writing skills.
            5. Collaborates with staff of the O’Neill Center, who offers writing tutoring to undergraduate and graduate students in any discipline.
            6. Consults with Advisory Committee regarding writing matters and faculty development.
            7. Plans and implements meeting agenda with committee members and shares the taking of minutes.
            8. Prepares and disseminates materials for Advisory Committee, sub-committee meetings, and WI proposal review meetings.
            9. Arranges meetings and manages communication among members.
            10. Acknowledges committee advice and recommendations, and provides feedback on what, if any, action was taken and rationale for taking or not taking action.
            11. Implements committee and subcommittee decisions.
            12. Recruits and appoints new committee members.
            13. Serves as ex officio on various committees, such as EPC, CHADS, CORE, etc., and serves on ad hoc committees to represent WIP, and to build collegiality among SCU faculty.
            14. Attends faculty department and school meetings to offer writing consultation, etc.
            15. Plans and implements process for the annual undergraduate writing awards (e.g., promotion of Scholarship writing award and the Bonnie Jean Kelly and Joan Kelly writing award, and the selection of three panels of judges, etc.)
            16. Prepares reports for Advisory Committee and Dean of Academic Affairs.
            17. Meets biweekly and reports directly to the Dean of Academic Affairs.

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