Writing Plan Phases
Collecting Baseline Data
First Edition Writing Plan
Second Edition Writing Plan
Third Edition Writing Plan
  • phase completed
  • phase in-progress

Anthropology, an undergraduate program within the College of Liberal Arts, with 19 faculty and more than 150 undergraduate majors, combines the natural sciences, social sciences, and human studies to study who we are and how we came to be. Through the curriculum, students learn to think critically and develop sophisticated understandings of human similarities and differences.

Anthropology’s first-edition Writing Plan (2017-18) focused on two core action items: (1) developing five-minute workshop materials to address common writing issues for students at the 3000 level; and (2) establishing a more formal and structured process to facilitate the writing process and writing instruction for students on their senior research projects.

For its second-edition Writing Plan (2018-2020), Anthropology focused on three initiatives to improve writing instruction at the undergraduate level. First, the department held three workshops to help faculty develop grading rubrics for specific assignments in their courses. Second, the department began developing a Canvas site for the organization, maintenance, and dissemination of WEC instructional materials. Third and most prominently, Anthropology piloted an independent, research-based capstone course, which the department has subsequently funded and will continue to offer to graduating students every semester.

For its current, third-edition Writing Plan, approved by the Campus Writing Board in Fall 2020, Anthropology continues to focus on supporting writing in capstone courses with particular attention given to assisting students who are pursuing their capstone within an upper-division course. With the support of a WEC Research Assistant, working closely with faculty and graduate instructors, the department is developing writing resources that are available on the Canvas site established during the previous Writing Plan. To ensure that these writing materials and resources remain relevant and timely, the department will periodically survey faculty and students with the intent of ensuring that the Canvas site is not merely a static archive but a living platform for developing, sharing, critiquing, and archiving writing resources.

Anthropology Writing Plan