Seminar Series for Spring 2020

Keynote Address: Writing Transfer

  • Matthew Davis, Associate Professor of English at UMass Boston
  • April 15, 3 pm
  • Multicultural Literacy & Communication Center

Reading Groups (these dates are TBD)

  • April (1) with Office of Faculty Development
  • April (8) with Office of Faculty Development
  • April x with Teaching Fellows
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CFP: Teaching the Reading/Writing Connection in Cluster 1

Following a Fall 2018 guest lecture by Dr. Ellen Carillo, the English Department invites proposals to present on ways to teach the reading/writing connection in our Cluster 1 courses. The presenter will receive a $200 honorarium.

Background  |  In her lecture, Dr. Carillo discussed how reading is key to successful college writing connections and presented methods for teaching active, “mindful” reading. To continue our campus discussion, the English department will host a lecture, followed by a reception, to discuss ways of reading in Cluster 1 writing courses. Topics might include:

  • Methods for demystifying academic genres or reading expectations
  • Class/homework activities that scaffold reading work
  • Low-stakes evaluation measures that check students’ reading completion and comprehension
  • Higher-stakes assignments that develop students’ critical reading skills

In addition, the selected topic will include examples of how class activities/assignments improved students’ reading and emphasize concrete takeaways for audience members.


  • Deadline for proposals is: Friday, Feb. 22, 2019
  • Decisions returned: Friday, Mar. 1, 2019
  • Anticipated lecture: early April 2019

This lecture is funded in part by a Provost Seminar series grant. 

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Seminar Series

Do you teach a University Studies 1C Writing course? If so, please join us for a seminar series on teaching writing in US 1C courses. This fall’s theme, The Reading/Writing Connection, draws on current scholarship to discuss the role of reading in undergraduate writing courses and how teachers can help demystify the reading/writing process.

Sign up to attend one or all of these activities:

  • Pre-keynote reading group. Read and discuss research to prepare for keynote address.
  • Keynote Address by Ellen C. Carillo, PhD: October 24 at 4 pm (location TBD)
  • Post-keynote discussions on how to apply the research to your classroom

For more information, please contact Alexis Teagarden ( or Karen Gulbrandsen (

This series is funded by the Provost’s Seminar Series, UMass Dartmouth.


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Hello Cluster 1!

Welcome to the Professional Development site for University Studies Cluster 1 faculty. Look here for posts related to teaching writing and for information about speakers and discussion groups.

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