Workshops and Publication: Mike Palmquist and Sue Doe

Mike Palmquist presented workshops on writing across the curriculum last week at Gustavus Adolphus College and the University of Michigan.  Sue Doe and Mike are the authors of “An Evolving Discourse: The Shifting Uses of Position Statements on Contingent Faculty,” which appeared this past month in a joint issue of the ADE Bulletin and ADFL Bulletin. The article is available at


Workshop: Jeana Burton

Jeana Burton was accepted into the Writing By Writers (WxW) Tomales Bay, CA workshop, The Interior Journey: Reading and Writing as Spiritual Disciplines with Fenton Johnson, October 16-20th, which just happens to coincide with the department’s Reading Days. The workshop will address memoir and journaling as means of deepening ones writing and interior life.

gtPathways Workshop: Kate Kiefer

On Monday, April 1, Kate Kiefer (English Department) will recap the history and development of gtPathways at  3 p.m. in BSB 103: “What is gtPathways and How Does It Affect English?”

Have you ever wondered where gtPathways came from? How the state determines which courses fit into gtPathways? What criteria faculty committees use to determine if a nominated course fits the gtPathways guidelines? This workshop will answer those questions and others as it considers the processes behind gtPathways with English department (E and CO courses) as examples.


gtPathways Workshop: Sue Doe

In our next gtPathways Workshop, Sue Doe (English) and Karla Gingerich (Psychology) will talk about their research on in-class mini writing at 11 a.m. on Monday March 11 in BSB 355: “In-Class Mini-Writing: Deepen Student Thinking without Going Knee-Deep in Work.”

Undergraduate students too often sit idly in class, perhaps imagining that their presence alone translates to comprehension and retention of course material. Then exam time arrives and it becomes clear that a half-attentive approach to classroom time hasn’t served them well. In this session, we offer a model of an in-class mini writing sequence that probes student understanding and compels students to think. This type of writing does not require extensive individual feedback but can be quickly assessed to achieve both student accountability and an understanding of whole-class needs. Meanwhile, engaged students gain direct benefit from the effort involved in thinking through writing. The model was recently tested by the presenters who found modest gains in student performance as result of informal, in-class writing.

Workshop: Todd Mitchell

Starting June 9th, Todd Mitchell will be teaching a three session summer workshop on plotting and shaping novels, and developing compelling character arcs. Spots are limited, so if you know any interested students and writers (all levels and genres welcome) please encourage them to visit the Northern Colorado Writers website ( and click on “Upcoming Classes” to learn more and register.

Conference Presentations, Workshop, etc.: Lisa Langstraat

Lisa Langstraat attended the Conference on College Composition and Communication last week, where she did the following: Co-Chaired a day-long pre-conference workshop on working with military veterans in writing-intensive courses; presented the paper, “Working with Female Veterans in First-year Composition Courses,” at the workshop; presented, on a different panel, a paper, “Colliding Values, Student-Veterans, and Responsible Writing Program Administration,” served on the NCTE Student Veteran Task Force, and co-chaired the Special Interest Group meeting for Military Veterans and their Families at the conference.

Workshop: Applying to Graduate Schools in English

Friday, April 27, 3:00-4:00 pm. Roze Hentschell will conduct an information session on Applying to Graduate Schools in English, (location to be determined.) Please contact Roze at for more information. Discussion will include:

  • How to investigate programs and how to assess which degree program is right for you
  • How to put together the different elements of application including the statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, and the writing sample
  • Other useful topics such as entrance exams and financial assistance