This research cluster draws together scholars from the English Department writing programs, the Odegaard Writing & Research Center, Human Centered Design & Engineering, the Center for Teaching & Learning, and other programs to facilitate cross-disciplinary discussion. With a dual focus on developing scholarship and teaching resources, the group explores ways that power and difference (linguistic, cultural, disciplinary, and otherwise) are at work in writing and other forms of communication. We are especially interested in the ways writing shapes how we encounter difference, how we engage inequity, and how we can use writing as a tool for changing attitudes about difference.
We formed the group in response to a number of urgent needs facing the UW, including the need for changing “exclusionary or biased policies and institutional practices that lead to and maintain racial and other forms of inequity” (from the UW Race and Equity Initiative). We aim to address these needs by developing support for anti-racist pedagogies and teaching across difference; by increasing systems of support for international and multilingual students; by enhancing students’ global citizenship; and by helping students successfully write within and across disciplinary contexts.
Our goals include:
Studying relevant scholarship that will help us develop models of support for teaching across difference.
Observing classes at Seattle Central has given me a more concrete sense of how this kind of student-centered pedagogy can work in practice, particularly under space and time constraints that closely resemble those of the quiz sections I teach.
This summer, the University of Washington was one of two schools, along with the University of Massachusetts, to host the pilot program of the Mellon Foundation-funded MLA Teaching Institute, aimed at strengthening the teaching of English at access-oriented institutions through...