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The Baruch College Faculty Handbook

Faculty Roundtable Series on Student Writing (Spring 2005)

Last updated on 2/3/05

Organized by:

Professor Cheryl Smith, English Department

Mikhail Gershovich, Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute

Maria Jerskey, Writing Center


This ongoing series will address common faculty concerns with student writing at Baruch College.   Faculty across the disciplines interested in sharing and learning new strategies to improve student writing are encouraged to attend.   New roundtable sessions will be added in upcoming semesters based on attendees' concerns. Space for these sessions is limited.  Please confirm your plans to attend a roundtable session by emailing your session choice(s) to


Getting the Most Out of Keys for Writers

Thursday, February 10, 2005; 12:30-2:00, VC 14-280

 How can freshmen, introduced to Keys for Writers in their required composition courses, successfully continue to utilize the text as a resource throughout their academic careers?   Distinguished scholar, handbook author, and ESL expert Ann Raimes will join us to discuss strategies for utilizing her book to improve student writing in courses in all disciplines and at all levels.   Lunch will be served.


Addressing the Needs of ESL Writers

Thursday, March 10, 2005; 12:30-2:00, VC 14-280

What do you do when your students can't develop or articulate their ideas in standard academic English?   This session will address the challenges of working with a diverse student populationa diversity often reflected in a wide range of language skills that produce a variety of problems in student comprehension, engagement, and ultimately, writing and performance.   ESL experts will guide our discussion and offer strategies.   Lunch will be served.


Designing Effective Writing Assignments

Thursday, April 21, 2005; 12:30-2:00, VC 14-280

What kinds of assignments facilitate the best student writing?   Unclearly worded writing tasks and insufficiently stated assignment goals confuse students and result in poor writing.   In this session, writing across the curriculum (WAC) professionals will address designing assignments that help students learn course content, practice critical thinking strategies, and produce stronger writing.   Topics may include designing assignments that encourage a sense of audience; considering possibilities for pre-writing, drafting, and revision; balancing low and high stakes writing assignments; and articulating the goals, purpose, requirements, and assessment criteria of an assignment.   Lunch will be served.


Space is limited .   Please confirm your plans to attend a roundtable session by emailing your session choice(s) to