The Howe Center for Writing Excellence at Miami University has awarded 13 grants to support projects aimed at improving students' writing abilities and increasing their learning through writing.
Recipients included teams and individuals from 12 departments in four divisions plus the Humanities Center and Honors Program. In all, 33 faculty are involved in projects receiving awards. One team includes undergraduate, psychology major Rachel Skipper.
The Howe Center’s advisory committee, chaired by Rich Taylor (chemistry and biochemistry), selected the grant winners.
The following proposals received $5,000 grants for High Impact projects, which involve work on groups of courses or on large-enrollment courses with many sections:
- “Creating a Comprehensive Plan for Developing Students’ Writing Abilities in the Psychology Department’s Topic and Thematic Sequences.” Psychology: Paul Flaspohler, Jennifer Green, Yvette Harris, Elizabeth Kiel, Aaron Luebbe, Vaishali Raval, Brooke Spangler.
- “Creation of a Student-Run Journal for Undergraduate Research: Explorations in Psychological Science.” Psychology: Joseph Johnson, Beth Dietz-Uhler, Paul Flaspohler, Rachel Skipper.
- “Designing and Assessing Reflective Writing Assignments To Enhance the Pedagogical Effectiveness of the Diversity Portfolios Prepared by All Teacher Education Students.” Denise Taliaferro Baszile, director of diversity Initiatives, School of Education, Health, and Society; Tammy Schwartz, teacher education; Sheri Leafgren, teacher education.
- “Preparing English Department Graduate Assistants To Teach ENG 226, Introduction to Creative Writing.” English: Cris Cheek, Cathy Wagner, Eric Melbye, Margaret Luongo.
- “Developing Writing Projects to Improve Critical Thinking in Majors and Non-Majors Organic Laboratory Courses.” Chemistry and Biochemistry: Mike Novak, Ben Gung, Susan Hershberger, Meredith Cline.
The following proposals were awarded $2,000 grants for Sharply Focused projects:
- “Enhancing Undergraduate Research in the Humanities.” Tim Melley, director, Humanities Center; Carolyn Haynes, director, Honors Program; Mary Cayton, history.
- “A Writing-Intensive Capstone in Physics.” Physics: Jennifer Blue, James Clemens.
- “Scientific Writing in PHY 422/542 – Teaching Young Physicists to Communicate.” Physics Department: Burcin Bayram, Mario Freamat.
- “Improving Undergraduate Writing in a Course on Global Aging.” Sociology and Gerontology Department: Kate de Medeiros.
- “Cultivating the Philosophical Imagination by Having Students Create Peer-Reviewed Journals in PHL 105, Theories of Human Nature.” Philosophy: Keith Fennen.
- “Improving Student Writing in 100-Level History Courses.” History: Amanda McVety.
- “Writing Environmental Science: Improving Students’ Abilities to Communicate in and about the Sciences.” W. Michele Simmons, English ; Annie-Laurie Blair, journalism.
- “Writing Up to Critical Speed: Using Writing to Improve Studio Art Students’ Ability to Reflectively Give Self-Criticism in Beginning Sculpture, ART 271.” Art: Rod Northcutt.
- "Using Writing as a Tool for Enhancing Student Learning and Improving Application to Course Content in COM 136-Interpersonal Communication." Communication: Jennifer Patrick-Gaines