This September, PWR
directors, faculty and staff led a two week orientation for new
faculty. Whether they were introducing this
group of scholars
and teachers to the wide array of resources available at Stanford,
or leading discussions in the pedagogical aims of PWR 1 and 2,
the faculty demonstrated a commitment to writing and thinking
outside and inside the classroom.
Andrea Lunsford, Marvin
Diogenes, and Alyssa O’Brien generated lively discussions
on the role of rhetoric in PWR. The Vice Provost for Undergraduate
Education, John Bravman, spoke of the successes of PWR in the
larger scope of Stanford’s mission. And the Oral Communication
Program led a series of helpful workshops on more effective communication
practices in the classroom.
In the Stanford Writing
center, Clyde Moneyhun, Wendy Goldberg, John Tinker, and Emily
Phillips conducted a series of workshops on consulting with students,
leading research seminars, and joining the Writing Center’s
rich cultural life, from “How I Write” discussions
to student-led spoken word poetry performances. Joining them were
Corinne Arraez and Marilenis Olivera, who worked to smooth the
transition into using Stanford’s vast electronic resources.
Corinne and Marilenis conducted workshops on Coursework and PowerPoint,
to assisting in the ever more complex protocol of using email.
Along with a number
of effective classroom exhibits from returning PWR faculty, new
members of PWR were ushered into the university with aplomb, thanks
to the tireless work of Vani Kane, Art Palmon, and Cristina Huerta.
two surprise performances by the Composition Blues Band and baskets
of free sponge-brains advertising the services of the Stanford