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April 2, 2013

Writing in the Disciplines

Twenty faculty members from a range of departments participated in a Student Writing in the Disciplines workshop organized by the Center for Teaching Writing.  The March 19 workshop attracted faculty who want to include more writing in their undergraduate courses as a way to engage students in active learning.  The workshop included ideas for informal writing occasions, advice for designing effective assignments, and strategies for assessment.  Participants contributed their best writing assignments, and discussed how new ones could be adapted to their courses. (more…)

December 10, 2012


The English Department’s Minor and Certificate in Writing, Public Speaking, and Critical Reasoning provides students in any major with the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge desired by graduate programs and essential for living in a complex world of advocacy and controversy.  Students take a series of integrated courses in three categories.  (more…)

History of the UO Composition Program

Clarify Your Vision, Then Write: Reflections on the History of the University of Oregon Composition Program tells the story of how writing has been taught to UO undergraduates since the founding of the University in 1876.  Written by Professor John Gage, this booklet traces the continuity of the program’s focus on progressive rhetorical pedagogy and argumentative writing, and the changes that have made the program what it is today.  (more…)

The Center for Teaching Writing

The Center for Teaching Writing, an outreach partner of the English Department’s Composition Program, provides students with opportunities to improve their writing in college and faculty with resources for including more student writing in their courses.  It also functions as a research outreach component for the study of teaching argumentative writing. (more…)

October 22, 2012

Writing Associates

Writing Associates is a peer-tutoring program established by the English Department over a decade ago to help students in lower-division English literature classes become better writers and to introduce English majors to the profession they are considering joining.  Writing Associates are senior English majors selected for their excellence as writers and critical thinkers and trained as writing tutors. (more…)

October 17, 2012

St. Louis Seminars

In September 2010, Nadine Small St. Louis (B.A. 1958) passed away at the age of 73.  A distinguished professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, a beloved and generous teacher, a prolific and admired poet, and Poet Laureate of Eau Claire, Professor St. Louis embodied the best and highest academic and literary ideals and was an inspiration to her teachers, students, colleagues, and readers.  What could be more appropriate than that her memory be honored with the creation of two new capstone seminars for advanced English majors?  (more…)

The English Honors Program

The English Honors Program is designed to provide outstanding English majors with some special options for fulfilling Departmental requirements.  The Program should appeal to students interested in the intensive study of literature in small discussion seminars and in independent exploration of a special topic, of their own choosing, under the guidance of a faculty member.  Typically, students spend a major portion of the senior year writing their Honors thesis.


The University of Oregon Literacy Initiative

The University of Oregon Literacy Initiative is a community-based education program of the UO English Department. UOLI was founded in 1998. A college student in a UOLI course completes an internship that dovetails with the course’s curriculum. Practical service in the community enriches academic learning in the classroom. Students can choose from a wide variety of community partners, including K-12 schools, the juvenile detention center, the Boys and Girls Club, the CTL Reading Clinic, Nearby Nature, and Mt. Pisgah Arboretum. (more…)

Undergraduate Advisory Board for Composition Convened

In Spring 2012, the Composition Program convened its inaugural meeting of the Undergraduate Advisory Board (UAB).  Seven current or former students of Writing 121, 122 and 123–each one nominated by his or her writing teacher–shared suggestions, constructive critiques, and ideas about the Composition Program.  (more…)

The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program

The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program increases opportunities for students, inside and outside of prison, to have transformative learning experiences that emphasize collaboration and dialogue, inviting participants to take leadership in addressing crime, justice, and other issues of social concern. Inside-Out courses are taught to a mix of undergraduates (“outside” students) inmates (“inside” students) at the correctional institutions at which the courses are offered.


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