Associate Coordinators of Composition

Two Associate Coordinators are chosen each year to assist in the administration and ongoing development of the composition program. Both teach one writing course per semester and spend roughly 10 hours per week on their administrative work. Associate Coordinators actively shape the composition program, contributing ideas about various features of the program, helping to develop plans for addressing specific challenges and collaborating with other teachers to follow through on those plans. The work of past coordinators has included:

  • developing (and ongoing revision of) the packet of materials sent to new GTAs,
  • planning and facilitating the week-long workshop,
  • facilitating teaching circles; and,
  • sponsoring workshops on topics of interest to the teachers of first-year writing courses.

Associate Coordinator, Writing Assistance Center

The Associate Coordinator of the Writing Assistance Center is appointed for one academic year and devotes 20 hours each week to assist in the administration and ongoing development of the department’s Writing Assistance Center. (The Associate Coordinator does not have classroom teaching responsibilities.) While the Associate Coordinator will spend some time each week in conferences with individual writers, s/he will also actively shapes the Center’s identity and atmosphere, facilitating staff meetings, preparing publicity, and serving as a liaison to faculty across the university. Additional special projects that past Associate Coordinators have undertaken include:

  • The Associate Coordinator of the Writing Assistance Center is appointed for one academic year and devotes 20 hours each week to assist in the administration and ongoing development of the department’s Writing Assistance Center. (The Associate Coordinator does not have classroom teaching responsibilities.) While the Associate Coordinator will spend some time each week in conferences with individual writers, s/he will also actively shapes the Center’s identity and atmosphere, facilitating staff meetings, preparing publicity, and serving as a liaison to faculty across the university. Additional special projects that past Associate Coordinators have undertaken include:
  • offering writing-across-the-curriculum workshops for campus faculty; and,
  • offering larger-scale workshops on focused topics (i.e., poetry-writing, MLA citation, revision strategies, etc.).

Teaching Assistants for the Nebraska Writing and Nebraska Literacy Projects

Each year graduate student(s) are chosen to be co-facilitators for the Nebraska Summer Writing Project, which invites the state’s best k-12 teachers to come together, to write, and to share their best teaching with each other. In recent years, there have also been opportunities for graduate students to help facilitate Rural Writing Institute Projects (held throughout the state) and the Nebraska Literacy Projects.