Integrating Writing into STEM - Call for Proposals
Teaching Grants Program
2019-2020

 The MSU Writing Center and Department of English, with funding from a private donor, welcome proposals for the Integrating Writing into STEM Teaching Grants Program, 2019-2020. Grants of $6000 each will be awarded to up to four STEM faculty willing to integrate writing into their 200-400 level STEM courses. These must be courses that meet major requirements. The deadline for proposal submission is April 30, 2019 at 5:00 pm. Questions regarding the Integrating Writing into STEM Grants and application procedures should be directed to the Director of the Writing Center, Michelle Miley (michelle.miley@montana.edu).

These grants are available to tenure track and non-tenure track STEM faculty employed at Montana State University, Bozeman. The grants will provide faculty funding for curriculum development that integrates writing and Writing Center support into their 200-, 300-, and 400-level STEM course designs. Although faculty teaching 400-level courses will be considered, capstone classes are excluded from this grant opportunity. 200-level Core courses are also excluded. The Integrating Writing into STEM Teaching Grants provide incentive to those faculty members willing to invest the time to integrate writing effectively into their course designs. The grant comes with the expectation that the recipients are willing to collaborate with the Writing Center and to engage in the time it takes to learn along with those in the Writing Center how to better integrate/teach writing in STEM courses.

Grant awards will provide funding for faculty to:

  • Create and adopt new and innovative assignments and teaching methodologies incorporating writing into 200 – 400 level STEM classes   
  • Collaborate with the Writing Center and other participating faculty to develop valued practices in writing and to support students’ writing processes through selected Writing Center models
  • Participate in a 3-day Teaching Writing Workshop in August 2019
  • Attend two brown bag lunches each semester (Fall 2019 and Spring 2020)

Information sessions will be held, at the following times:

  • 10:45-11:30 am, Tuesday, March 26, 2019 – Writing Center, Wilson 1-114
  • 11:00 am-1:00 pm, Tuesday, April 9, 2019 – Join us in the MSU Alumni Foundation Room for a Showcase featuring the 2018-2019 Integrating Writing into STEM grant recipients. Presentations of this year’s partnerships will begin with an overview of the grant program at 11:00 am, and will occur every 15 minutes. A small lunch will be served from 11:45 am-12:15 pm. We will conclude with an overview of this year’s CFP at 12:45 pm. Come and go as you are able. More information to follow.

Please RSVP to susan.andrus@montana.edu if you plan to attend either session. In your RSVP, please indicate if you have any dietary restrictions.

 Evaluation Criteria

  • Potential for instructional innovation through writing
  • Assessment plan that includes measurement of outcomes
  • Potential breadth of impact on instruction beyond a single course
  • Potential for outcomes that will improve future teaching
  • Willingness to collaborate fully with the Writing Center and other participating faculty in developing writing assignments, supporting writing within their course, and in creating an assessment plan that includes a measurement of outcomes.

Further Details

  • Grant funds may be used for compensation to faculty for curriculum development and implementation. Summer salary is allowable, although compensation must be paid during the period when the work is completed. Only direct salary costs need be included in the budget. It is not necessary to calculate the cost of benefits.
  • Funded courses must be taught between August 1, 2019 and June 30, 
  • Recipients must participate in a Teaching Writing Workshop (August 13, 15, and 20 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm), and attend two Brown Bag Lunches each semester (Fall 2019, Spring 2020).
  • Recipients will be expected to participate in a panel on what they have learned about integrating writing into STEM fields in Spring 2020.
  • A final report in PDF format is due to the Writing Center by August 1, 2020. The report must project goals, activities, assessment results, and details for continuation of course implementations. Send reports to Michelle Miley at miley@montana.edu.

Proposal Guidelines

 All proposals must include the following:

  • Title Page:  Include project title, applicant name, academic rank, department, date of hire, address, telephone number, and email address.
  • Proposal Narrative:  In a statement not to exceed three pages, address each of the following: the proposed course number and name; the place of the proposed course in the major’s overall curriculum; the proposed course goals and goals of the course writing assignment(s); and the anticipated outcomes and/or contribution to MSU. In addition, address the applicant’s interest in integrating writing into the course design; describe why the course is a good match for integrating writing; and indicate willingness to collaborate with the Writing Center in developing writing assignments, supporting writing within the course, and in creating an assessment plan that includes a measurement of outcomes.
  • Statement of Support:  A brief statement of support from the applicant’s department head should be included. If the project requires involvement of a unit other than the applicant’s department, the proposal should also include a statement of support from that unit.
  • Short (2-3 page) curricula vitae

Submission Guidelines

  • All proposals must be submitted electronically in one PDF document with the applicant’s name in the file title.
  • The PDF of the application should be attached to an email to miley@montana.edu with the subject line “Integrating Writing into STEM Teaching Grant Proposal.”
  • All proposals must be received by 5:00 pm on April 30, 2019.
  • Applicants will receive feedback on their grant proposals by May 24, 2019.

Questions regarding the Integrating Writing into STEM Grants and application procedures should be directed to the Director of the Writing Center, Michelle Miley (michelle.miley@montana.edu).

 


How can the MSU Writing Center partner with you?

The MSU Writing Center is a free campus resource offering one-on-one tutoring (online or face-to-face) for student writers of all disciplines and all class levels at any stage of the writing process. Other forms of writing support, including workshops and writing groups, are also available. We at the Writing Center believe that we support our students best when we are in conversation with those teaching in the classroom. We want to partner with you!

What can we provide?

  • Class Presentations: Our standard class presentation takes about 5-10 minutes and gives a brief who, what, when, where, how, and why of the Writing Center.
  • Assignment Design Consultation: Our Writing Center director is happy to work with you in designing your writing assignments.
  • GTA Consultation: We will work with your GTAs to help them most effectively respond to your students’ writing.
  • Writing Studios: In a writing studio, students enrolled in a class meet regularly outside of the classroom space in small groups to actively work together on their research and writing. A Writing Center tutor facilitates these groups.
  • Workshops: We can provide longer presentations and workshops upon request. We will work with you to create a session that meets your specific course needs. 

Contact Jess Carroll or Michelle Miley to set up a consultation, schedule a short presentation, or discuss a workshop for your class. Consultations enable us to understand exactly what specific needs and desires you have for your course. We’re happy to discuss new possibilities and models of partnerships.

Writing Center Venn Diagram
Image source: Kelsey Weyerbacher (design) / Michelle Miley (theory); © the MSU Writing Center.

 

 

Syllabus Language

Information for Students About the Writing Center:

Feel free to paste this paragraph into your syllabus to inform students about the resource we provide to students.

To support you in your writing this semester, you have the option of meeting with a tutor at the MSU Writing Center. The MSU Writing Center is available free of charge to all student writers at any stage in their writing – from figuring out the assignment to editing and helping you proofread. At the MSU Writing Center, we think of writing as a form of conversation: someone writes, and another responds by reading. Because writers and readers are separated by time and space, writers may not know how a reader will respond. When you work with a tutor, you get the benefit of an “immediate audience.” To make an appointment or for more information about the Writing Center, visit the MSU Writing Center webpage at www.montana.edu/writingcenter.

 

Syllabus Language About Student Responsibility in Academic Writing (or Avoiding/ Consequences of Plagiarism):

The following syllabus language was developed with the Dean of Students Office. Please feel free to copy and paste into your syllabus. 

Statement on Academic Writing and Student Responsibilities:

Students writing in an academic setting are responsible for approaching all assignments with rigor, integrity, and in compliance with the University Code of Student Conduct. This responsibility includes:

  1. consulting and analyzing sources that are relevant to the topic of inquiry;
  2. clearly acknowledging when they draw from the ideas or the phrasing of those sources in their own writing;
  3. learning and using appropriate citation conventions within the field in which they are studying; and
  4. asking their instructor for guidance when they are uncertain of how to acknowledge the contributions of others in their thinking and writing.

When students fail to adhere to these responsibilities, they may intentionally or unintentionally “usesomeone else’s language, ideas, or other original (not common-knowledge) material without properly acknowledg­ing its source”(http://www.wpacouncil.org/positions/WPAplagiarism.pdf). When the act is intentional, the student has engaged in plagiarism.

Plagiarism is an act of academic misconduct, which carries with it consequences including but not limited to receiving a course grade of “F” and a report to the Office of the Dean of Students. Unfortunately, it is not always clear if the misuse of sources is intentional or unintentional, which means that you may be accused of plagiarism even if you do not intentionally plagiarize. If you have any questions regarding use and citation of sources in your academic writing, you are responsible for consulting with your instructor before the assignment due date. In addition, you can work with an MSU Writing Center tutor at any point in your writing process, including when you are integrating or citing sources. You can make an appointment and find citation resources at www.montana.edu/writingcenter.

 

Faculty Responsibility in Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism

For more information regarding the definition of plagiarism and your responsibilities for helping students learn how to appropriately use and cite sources, please see “Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism: The WPA Statement on Best Practices,” http://www.wpacouncil.org/positions/WPAplagiarism.pdf.

 

Why Peer Tutors?

The foundation of our support is our peer tutor program. Our peer tutors are not only committed, but are also able to provide support to students because they are peers rather than professionals.  Students are comfortable working with them, and because the tutors are not disciplinary experts, student writers gain authority and confidence as they articulate what they know about their discipline.  

In addition, our peer tutors gain professional and academic experience. We are supporting them as they support our student writers.

The Writing Center hires new tutors from all disciplines twice a year, in April and November. If you have students who would make great tutors, please encourage them to apply!

 

Writing Center Newsletter

 Dot Read Session Notes, the Spring 2019 edition of the MSU Writing Center's Newsletter.

 

Additional Online Resources

The Writing Campus: A Blog for Writing Across the Curriculum Faculty (George Mason University)

From the Dartmouth Institute for Writing and Rhetoric