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Institute Writing Committee

The Institute Writing Committee is a standing committee of the Academic Senate and serves to implement the policy and evaluate courses for the determination of meeting the WI designation.

The membership of the IWC includes: a college faculty representative from each college; one representative elected at large by the Academic Senate; the Writing Program Director; one representative from the Academic Support Center, and one from the English Language Center; and the provost or his or her delegate (ex-officio, voting).

The Institute Writing Committee will:

  • consult with appropriate curriculum committees,
  • review courses proposed to carry a Writing Intensive (WI) designation and grant approval for this designation,
  • act as a liaison between all academic units to determine student and faculty need regarding support for implementation of the writing policy,
  • define priorities for adequate, professional and curricular support for both students and faculty,
  • stay current with research for best practices in Writing Program Administration, and make recommendations accordingly,
  • serve in an advisory role to program faculty,
  • design additional opportunities for writing: writing contests, student publications, service courses, special projects, and individual study.

Faculty Representatives

Richard Zanibbi

Chair, IWC

Laurie Dwyer


Clark Hochgraf


Pamela Kincheloe


Carl Lutzer


Matthew M. Marshall


Eric Nystrom


Sarah Thompson


Nancy Valentage


Ex Officio Members

David Martins

University Writing Program Director

Andrew Perry

Writing Center Director

Phillippa Powers

Academic Support Center Director

Stan Van Horn

English Language Center Director

Dianna Winslow

First Year Writing Program Director