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Writing Intensive Program to host lecture, panel discussion on Feb. 28

(Photo by Dorothy Kozlowski/UGA taken in 2019)

The Writing Intensive Program, Write@UGA, will host a lecture and panel discussion on Feb. 28 in Room 350 of the Miller Learning Center. Both events are open to all interested UGA faculty, graduate students and staff.

The morning lecture, “Increasing Student Success with Writing Across the Disciplines,” will be given from 10-11 a.m. by Cristyn Elder, associate professor of rhetoric and writing and director of writing across the curriculum at the University of New Mexico.

In this keynote address, Elder will present data on writing as a high-impact tool for learning across the disciplines, describe effective writing activities and assessment tools for large and small enrollment classes for both general education and courses in the major, and offer strategies for reducing faculty time spent responding to writing while still offering effective feedback.

Elder has a great deal of experience supporting students as writers in a variety of global contexts—from serving as a Peace Corps master’s internationalist in Ukraine to working as an English language specialist in Tajikistan, Panama and El Salvador. She also has published widely in leading writing studies journals, including WPA: Writing Program Administration, Composition Studies, Composition Forum, Across the Disciplines and the Writing Center Journal.

Register for Elder’s lecture at

The lunch panel, “Writing and Thriving at UGA,” will be a discussion about supporting student writers and writing instruction across the curriculum. The discussion will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Preregister by the Feb. 21 deadline at

Faculty from across campus will discuss existing programs and initiatives designed to support student writing at every level, challenges and roadblocks faced at a large institution like UGA and opportunities for developing more comprehensive support for writing in every field for all students and faculty.

Lunch is provided, and attendees are welcome to bring their questions to the conversation. This panel discussion will be moderated by Elder.

Panelists include Ben Ehlers, associate professor of history, Writing Intensive Program faculty member and former Writing Fellow, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences; Jennifer Gonyea, clinical associate professor, human development and family science, College of Family and Consumer Sciences; Becky Hallman-Martini, director of the UGA Writing Center and assistant professor of English, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences; Katie Darby Hein, assistant professor and undergraduate coordinator, health promotion and behavior, College of Public Health; Keith L. Herndon, journalism professor of practice, William S. Morris Chair in News Strategy and Management and director of the James M. Cox Jr. Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management and Leadership, Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication; Alice Kinman, senior lecturer and writing specialist, economics department, Terry College of Business; Jake Knox, writing coordinator, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources; Nate Kreuter, director of first-year Writing and associate professor of English, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences; and Christina Lee, graduate writing coach, Graduate School, and Ph.D. candidate in anthropology, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.

For more information, contact Lindsey Harding, director of the Writing Intensive Program, at

Write@UGA 2020 sponsors are the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Office of Instruction, the English department’s Ballews Lecture Fund, the Office of Research, the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, the Division of Biological Sciences, the First-year Writing Program and the Office of Faculty Affairs.