The Department of Psychology, in the College of Liberal Arts, offers approximately 1,400 undergraduate majors and countless non-majors a broad range of coursework in both basic and applied psychology. In teaching these courses, the Department's 44 core faculty members are joined by a large group of affiliate and adjunct instructors. With course enrollments ranging from small seminars and multi-section labs to massively-enrolled introductory courses, coordinated approaches to sequential writing instruction can be challenging.
In its first-edition Writing Plan, the Psychology department conducted several assignment-development workshops with faculty and graduate instructors. Psychology also developed an instructor-facing website with resources on assignment development and teaching writing skills for instructors, as well as resources for students to improve their writing abilities. For its second Writing Plan, the emphasis is on developing writing-to-learn activities in the department’s high enrollment psychology course. In this course, writing instruction will emphasize the development of novel and defensible arguments and attention to the ways audience will frame the development of such arguments.