College Writing Announces New Faculty Writing Fellows Program

I am thrilled to announce this year’s pilot of our new Faculty Writing Fellows Program. This new program will select two faculty at Hope College to serve as Faculty Writing Fellows for the 22-23 academic year.

Faculty Writing Fellows will work with the Director of College Writing to turn their home disciplines into sites for research on writing. Our goals are many:

  • We want to uncover and articulate the knowledge, skills, habits and attitudes of success writers in different disciplines across the college.
  • We want to write about this research in meaningful ways so that it’s more than service. It contributes to our scholarly profiles as conference presentations or publications.
  • We want to present our findings to the campus community so that our research can enhance the teaching of writing across the college.

As an additional incentive, I am able to provide each Faculty Writing Fellows with $500 in professional development funds.

Use the Google Form linked here to apply. Applications are open to all Hope Faculty and Staff working in instructional capacities. Deadline for applications is Friday, October 14. Final selections of the AY 22-23 Faculty Writing Fellows will be made by the Instructional Working Group, led by the Associate Provost. If you have any questions contact Tom Sura at sura@hope.edu.

Adopting Easy Writer at Hope College

This fall we will begin using Andrea Lunsford’s Easy Writer in all sections of English 113. I am excited for this reference book for many, many reasons.

Lunsford, Andrea. Easy Writer. 8th ed. Bedford, 2020, 9781319393342.

First, I am excited because it gives the Hope College community a touchstone text for learning about and discussing writing.

The book covers a lot of ground—from writing processes to conducting research, to style, grammar, and mechanics. Its section on documentation conventions includes information on MLA style, APA style, Chicago Style, and CSE.

The book also contains other helpful features like a Quick Start Menu for different types of assignments, a checklist of the Top Twenty Tips for Editing Your Academic Writing, and a Glossary of Usage so that students can get definitive answers on those vexing questions like when to use accept or except and all ready versus already.

Second, I am excited for what this effort can mean for developing our students’ knowledge, skills, attitudes, and habits regarding writing in their disciplines.

Our primary goal in English 113 will not necessarily be memorization of this reference text, although we certainly aim to increase students’ knowledge of language and writing. Moreso, it will be cultivating a habit of using the book to find their own answers to writing questions. In doing so, it’s my hope that students will learn the value of this book as a reference and use it to their advantage in other contexts.

Third, I am excited that we will be able to train the tutors in the Klooster Center to use the book with the students who come to see them. This alignment will increase both the effectiveness of the writing center and the book itself. We’ll be coaching the writing tutors to model using the book to find answers even if they already know the answers themselves. Again, the goal is to cultivate a habit of using the book.

Fourth, I am excited about this textbook because the most recent edition includes input from an Advisory Board for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion that includes our very own Dr. Kristin VanEyk.


Finally, I am excited because I am able to provide a copy of the text to all instructors who want one thanks to the support of the Provost’s Office and the General Education Council. As the semester nears I will do my best to get these books out to the departments. Instructors are encouraged to use the books in their classes too. You may even choose to make it a required or supplemental text on your syllabus to help reinforce the use of the book across contexts, but this isn’t a requirement in any way.

As the academic year progresses you can look for information and events aimed at supporting use of the book in the classroom including blog posts and workshops. If you have any questions about using the text please don’t hesitate to let me know at writing@hope.edu.