WID for Instructors
Instructors interested in developing a WID-designated (writing intensive) course, should please look into our WID Study Group. Feel free to contact one of the WID coordinators or Writing Fellows to join or find out more.
WID stands for Writing In the Disciplines. WID is a nationwide program dedicated to improving the quality of discipline-specific student writing.
The premise of both WID and its predecessor, Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) is that writing develops through practice both in and out of composition courses. The argument for WID is that writing instruction is more effective when student writing is grounded in the particular styles and conventions of an academic discipline.
All CUNY campuses have some form of WID/WAC program that is committed to realizing the University’s 1999 Board Resolution to “ensure that quality writing skills are fostered in all disciplinary areas.”
Our WID program at Medgar Evers focuses on supporting faculty who are developing writing-intensive courses (with section label WID). Each semester we bring together faculty and Writing Fellows in the WID Study Group to discuss effective strategies for teaching and learning writing skills in the context of participants’ disciplinary areas.
We also coordinate a Writing Fellow Seminar, Writing Fellow assistance to writing-intensive course instructors outside the Study Group, writing workshops for faculty and students, assistance with faculty research on student writing, and mentoring tutors in the Writing Center.