Communication-in-the-Disciplines Seminar 2015

The Program in Writing and Communication (PWC) was pleased to invite Rice faculty and administrators to a Communication-in-the-Disciplines (CID) Seminar on Friday, February 13, 2015 to learn more about best practices in the teaching of communication in the disciplines and current implementations at Rice. View the seminar program below.

Seminar Presentation & Workshop
Increasing Engagement, Boosting Critical Thinking, Accessing Disciplinary Discourses

Presented by Bill Condon, Professor of English, Washington State University
2:30 – 4:00 pm, Herring Hall 129

A review of thirty years of research into Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) reveals that when faculty design effective writing assignments in their disciplines, students become more vitally engaged in their coursework, acquire a wide range of broad competencies such as critical thinking, information literacy, quantitative reasoning, and, of course, writing. In addition, students gain access to their chosen disciplines’ epistemological practices. In particular, this workshop will provide six assignment types that represent best practices in writing in the disciplines, and participants will design learning opportunities that are immediately employable in their courses.


Bill Condon is currently Professor of English at Washington State University. He has been a Writing Program Administrator at a wide variety of institutions—the University of Oklahoma, Arkansas Tech University, the University of Michigan, and Washington State University. He is Co-PI on a Spencer Foundation grant to trace the effects of faculty development into student learning outcomes, and Principal Investigator of a three-year FIPSE grant devoted to faculty development and statewide accountability assessment around teaching critical thinking. Bill has published numerous articles and books on writing assessment, program evaluation, and computers and writing including Writing the Information Superhighway and Assessing the Portfolio: Principles for Theory, Practice, and Research. In addition, he served as the consulting editor of Assessing Writing: An International Journal. His latest book, forthcoming from Indiana University Press, is Faculty Learning, Student Learning: Assessing the Connections, co-authored with Carol Rutz, Cathy Manduca, Ellen Iverson, and Gudrun Willett.


4:00 – 4:10 pm

Panel Presentations on Pilot Projects & Discussion

We invite you to select one of two concurrent sessions to learn more about communication-in-the-disciplines implementations at Rice.

Supporting Communication in the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality

4:10 – 5:00 pm, Herring Hall 125

Communication and the Arc of the Curriculum
Rosemary Hennessey
L.H. Favrot Professor of Humanities; Professor of English; Director, Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality

Oral History Projects: SWGS 201
Brian S. Riedel
Professor in the Practice of the Humanities; Assistant Director, Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality

Graduate Academic Writing: Revamping SWGS 502
Helena Michie
Agnes C. Arnold Professor in Humanities; Professor of English; Term Core Member, Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality

Scaffolding Skills, Supporting the Process: CSWGS and the PWC
Elizabeth A. Festa
Associate Director, Center for Written, Oral, and Visual Communication; Lecturer, Program in Writing and Communication 

Supporting Communication in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

4:10 – 5:00 pm, Herring Hall 126

Senior Design Team Presentations: CHBE 404
Kenneth R. Cox
Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies; Professor in the Practice, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 

Promoting Communication through Problem-based Learning: CHBE 301
Francisco Vargas
Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Rocio Doherty
Lecturer, Chemical and Biomelecular Engineering

Learning Together: Providing Peer-Support to Enhance Communication Skills
Jade R. N. Juzswik
Peer Communication Coach, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Senior, Jones College

Supporting the Integration of Communication Instruction into the Curriculum
Kyung-Hee Bae
Associate Director, Center for Written, Oral, and Visual Communication; Lecturer, Program in Writing and Communication


5:00 – 5:30 pm, Herring Hall 129
Join us for wine and appetizers following the panel presentations.