AI-intensive Writing, Research & Inquiry Courses
In Spring 24 and Spring 25, with support from he Shipley Center, the Writing Program and CGS Rhetoric will pilot AI-intensive first-year Writing, Research & Inquiry sections with the goals of (1) helping these programs understand how students use AI-assisted writing when permitted to do so; (2) develop assignments, lessons, and activities that help students understand the benefits and risks of using AI as part of the writing and research process; (3) informing program guidelines and pedagogies around AI going forward. For more information about the pilot, contact Sarah Madsen Hardy or Matt Parfitt. For information about undergraduate AI Writing Affiliate Fellowships, see this job posting.
Writing in the Disciplines (WID)
The Writing Program works closely with specific departments to help them integrate writing into their majors in ways that are consistent with disciplinary perspectives and values. WID initiatives include Tutoring Writing in the Disciplines (TWID), and the WID Faculty Consultant Program, sponsored by Jennifer Simpson (CAS 2000).
Kilachand Honors College (KHC)
The KHC Writing Studio is a two-semester, themed course that introduces students to the college writing skills required by Boston University and the living-learning community of Kilachand Honors College. The Writing Studio courses require students to engage socially relevant texts, attend co-curricular events, and write and converse critically about those experiences. Several members of the Writing Program faculty teach KHC Studio courses. Writing Program faculty are also eligible to propose upper-level KHC courses.
The Core is an interdisciplinary general education curriculum that focuses on classic texts and fundamental questions. The Writing Program has a long-standing relationship with Core. Writing Program faculty oversee the Core’s Graduate Writing Fellows program, teach sections in Core’s series of humanities courses, and are eligible to participate in the Core Faculty Fellowship.
A limited number of Writing Program and College of General Studies Rhetoric faculty teach in each other’s programs each year. Writing Program instructors participating in the exchange teach CGS Rhetoric 103 during the Spring term followed by a compact, dense, and fast-moving six-week summer term in London.
As a teaching program, the Writing Program collaborates with the Center for Teaching & Learning in a variety of ways. On an occasional basis, Writing Program faculty receive a course release for collaborating on a teaching and learning project while a CTL staff member teaches a WR class.