By Vicki Tolar Burton, WIC Director

This issue of Teaching with Writing gives you a chance to meet Dr. Kate Field, one of OSU’s most experienced and thoughtful WIC instructors; to explore genres of written communication in the OSU Open Source Lab, guided by WIC intern Amanda Kelner, who works for the OSL; to review “take-aways” from the WIC spring lunch panels; and to celebrate the undergraduate recipients of the WIC Culture of Writing Awards in the disciplines. This is also a time for me to thank the hardworking faculty who have taught WIC courses this year. Read more.

On Writing in Microbiology: An Interview with Dr. Kate Field

By Aleah Hobbs, OSU English Major

For an assignment in WR420/520 Writing Across the Curriculum, OSU junior English major Aleah Hobbs interviewed Dr. Kate Field, Director of the BioResource Research program, Director of OSU’s Bioenergy Project, and professor of writing intensive courses in microbiology, about how she teaches students to write in the field of microbiology. Read more.

Writing’s New Frontier: Give and “Git” in the Open Source Lab

By Amanda Kelner, WIC Intern

Oregon State is home to the nationally renowned Open Source Lab (OSL), which is grounded in open source technology and projects. We wanted to know more about how writing and documentation played out in the open source world. Our WIC intern, Amanda Kelner, who is also the staff writer and media coordinator for the OSL, sat down with Director Lance Albertson to learn more. Read more.

Take-Aways from WIC Spring Lunch Seminars 2017

By Claire Roth, WIC GTA

The WIC Team is happy to report on the success of our WIC Spring Lunch Series 2017. Over the course of four weeks, the presentations and conversations facilitated in Milam 215 served as both proof and enrichment of the writing culture across Oregon State campus. Attendees included everyone from tenured faculty to graduate teaching assistants. The varied spectrum of experience led to rich discussions on writing pedagogies. Read more.

2017 WIC Culture of Writing Awards: Celebrating Writing in the Disciplines

By WIC Team 

WIC and participating units strive to foster a commitment to excellence in undergraduate student writing and recognize the value of writing across the disciplines with the annual Culture of Writing Awards. Participation in the Culture of Writing Awards has thrived since 2006 as students earn recognition and cash awards through either individual or team writing projects. This year, participation continues to be strong. WIC would like to thank all participating units for their continued desire to recognize and reward outstanding student writing. Read more.

Call for Nominations: Fall 2017 WIC Faculty Seminar

By WIC Team 

The WIC Faculty Seminar for the 2017-2018 school year will be held in fall term. Faculty interested in participating should ask their unit heads to email a nomination to WIC director Vicki Tolar Burton at The seminar is designed for faculty teaching WIC courses and faculty using writing in non-WIC courses, as it focuses on learning best practices for teaching writing across the disciplines. Upon completing the five-session seminar, participating faculty receive a modest honorarium. Read more.


Fall 2013

Intersections of Student Writing: A Conversation with Tim Jensen, Director of Writing, Getting Curious in the Research Classroom, Teaching with Zotero: Citation Management for Feedback and Peer Review, Collaborative Composition with Google Drive, 2013-14 Baccalaureate Core WIC Review, WIC in Action–Updates from the Fall WIC Seminar



Spring 2013

Peer Review in Renewable Materials Courses, Building Upon Teaching: An Interview with Sarah Henderson, Accessibility as Professional Responsibility, A Book Review of Teaching and Learning Creatively: Inspirations and Reflections, Writing and Research Assistants for International Students, Culture of Writing Award Winners, Fall 2013 WIC Faculty Seminar Call for Participants



Winter 2013

Helping Students Make Sense of Fair Use, Working with L2 Students, Spring 2013 Lunch Schedule, Call for Culture of Writing Awards




Fall 2012

Interview with Jon Dorbolo, Fall Seminar Recap, Taking Notes on Mobile Devices, Departmental Writing Guides, New Bacc Core Website




Spring 2012

Culture of Writing Award Winners, Challenging Writing Assignments, Departmental Writing Guide Overview, Know Your Library




Winter 2012

Interview with Mark Edwards, Reflective Writing Assignments, WIC Spring Lunch Schedule, New Culture of Writing Awards Protocol



Fall 2011

Interview with Janet Tate, Fall Seminar Recap, Deploying the Writer’s Personal Profile on Blackboard, Introducing the WIC Blackboard Resource Site



Spring 2011

New WIC Outcomes, Collaborative Writing and Learning, Responding to Students Electronically, WIC Culture of Writing Awards




Winter 2011 – Interview with Lisa Ede, Three Approaches to Peer Review

Spring 2009 – Interview with David Russell, Bring Writing to Art and Design

Spring 2008 – Women Studies, Trendspotting: Common Student Errors (Pt 2)

Winter 2008 – Information Literacy, Trendspotting: Common Student Errors (Pt 1)

Fall 2007 – The Writer’s Personal Profile, Building Visually Fluent Texts

Fall 2006 – Educating Academic Writers, Introducing “They Say, I Say”

Spring 2004 – Developing Writing Outcomes for WIC Classes

Spring 2003 – New Grammar Tools for WIC Classrooms, Biology Haikus

Winter 2003 – Critical Thinking: Multiple Models for Teaching and Learning

Fall 2002 – 2001-02 WIC Grant Updates

Winter 2001 – Thesis Writing in Community, Interview with Brad Cardinal

Fall 2000 – Discovering Common Ground in the WIC Classroom