Writing Enriched Courses

To support students’ success as thinkers and communicators, the University Writing Committee (UWC) has created a new writing enriched (WE) course designation. WE courses may be at any undergraduate level, including 5000-level mixed undergraduate/graduate courses, provided students have opportunities to practice writing skills and strategies that they may use in their discipline, profession, and field. Assignments may be informal (writing to learn) or formal (writing to communicate), and they may include a range of genres and modes, such as recommendation reports, scientific posters, case studies, or ePortfolios, among others.

Please read through the complete WE course certification criteria and process, examine sample WE course certification memos from Biosystems Engineering and Nutritional Sciences, and contact universitywriting@auburn.edu with any questions.

Instructional Support

University Writing provides instructional support via writing across the curriculum (WAC) events that introduce evidence-based principles for the effective teaching of writing across disciplines. See our Open Educational Resource for asynchronous support.

University Writing offers professional development workshops centered on the teaching of writing. Topics may include meaningful assignment design, effective feedback, teaching with generative artificial intelligence, facilitating peer review, STEM writing, and more. See our Events page for open registration events and our Workshops and Presentations page for instructions on scheduling an event specifically for your College, department, or program.

In the WAC Academy, teams of faculty, staff, and administrative professionals work through a collaborative process of learning, reflection, planning, creation, and assessment of writing, with the goal of deepening students’ learning of disciplinary content. Participants will learn how to use writing to teach significant disciplinary concepts, clarify disciplinary expectations for student writing, design and scaffold meaningful assignments, and integrate peer and instructor feedback. See our call for participants for more information.

Faculty and Staff Writing Support

Periodically, University Writing may offer events and opportunities that support faculty and staff in their own writing. See our Events page for more information, including specific dates and registration links.

Writing groups help faculty maintain a healthy writing routine, progress on writing projects, and get feedback on their writing. Groups meet in-person or virtually throughout the semester. Registration for writing groups opens at the beginning of each semester.

This workshop is designed to help participants write more effective grant proposals by offering strategies for identifying what funding sources are looking for, tailoring research ideas to fit the call for proposals, and developing a compelling narrative that will get ideas funded.

University Writing offers a writing retreat that supports faculty and staff in powering through writing projects with a day of writing! This event is open to all Auburn faculty members. Writing retreat attendees will have the option to join the event virtually or in-person and can participate in a morning goal setting session, progress tracking check-ins, afternoon mindfulness breaks, and an afternoon debrief.

Last updated: 05/02/2024