The WAC Outstanding Writing Instruction Award

Applications due Friday, 3 March at 5 p.m.

Are you a graduate student who approaches writing instruction in an innovative way?  Do you use writing tasks or assignments to facilitate students’ learning in your field? Consider applying for the 2016 Writing Across the Curriculum Outstanding Writing Instruction Award.

The award recipient will receive a $200 monetary award furnished by the Writing Across the Curriculum Student Organization and public recognition as an outstanding instructor who uses writing to teach in innovative ways. The application deadline is Friday, 3 March at 5 p.m.

Are you eligible to apply?

  • Applicants must be a graduate student during the 2016-2017 academic year and a present or former instructor or teaching assistant in a course at OSU.
  • Those who have applied in the past but have not been awarded are eligible to apply.
  • Honorable mention recipients are eligible to apply again.
  • Past winners are ineligible to apply.

To apply, submit (in .doc, .docx or .pdf format * ) the following to

  1. A one-to-two page cover letter that explains a student learning challenge you identified and the writing-based solution that you developed to address it,
  2. a syllabus from the relevant course,
  3. and a sample assignment/activity/lesson plan that shows your writing-based solution to a student learning problem (annotations are optional)
  4. (optional) a context paragraph providing necessary background for judges to interpret the sample
    *    Please title your files with your last name and first name plus file names (example: BuckeyeBrutus_syllabus).

Your submission will be judged on how well the materials:

  • Explain the innovation of new uses of writing in your course
  • Provide evidence of using writing to help students overcome learning challenges
  • Connect writing to significant concepts or knowledge in your field
  • Indicate that you improve your teaching based on assessment and feedback

The WAC team will review applications and select finalists for interviews with the WAC team. We will select the winner and honorable mentions by mid-April.

Have questions about your application? We encourage you to contact the WAC program (via Dr. Chris Manion at to arrange an optional consultation before you submit your application materials. The last day for these consultations will be Monday, 27 February 2017.

Best of luck!


The WAC Team at the Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing

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Diversity and Implicit Bias Awareness Program Begins This Week

The Council of Graduate Students, in partnership with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Office of Student Life, Student Activities and OUAB Grad/Prof is offering the Diversity and Implicit Bias Awareness Program for a second year this spring. The program is open to graduate/professional students and postdoctoral scholars. The first event of the program is Friday February 3rd. Full details are available here. Students and postdocs are encouraged to register online here.

More information about the program will be available soon.

Survey Tools for Everyone!

One Size Doesn’t Fit All

Heather Lansky
Sandy Reed

Thursday March 2nd
Online webinar via Carmen Connect

Are you a student interested in conducting a survey that might involve personal health information? Are you a staff member who is interested in conducting research on your department’s needs or effectiveness?

Don’t miss the RMC’s first webinar! In this webinar, Heather Lansky, Data Manager for the EHE Office of Research and Sandy Reed, Assistant Director of the RMC, will review Qualtrics, REDCap, TELEform and StudyTrax and their use and usability in academic and action research.

Register here.

Around Columbus

Did you know? Columbus is the 15th fastest growing city in the country.

The Columbus Region is one of the fastest growing areas in the Midwest. Home to 15 Fortune 1000 companies, leading research and technology businesses and one of the highest populations of college students in the nation at 60+ campuses, Columbus is young, creative, smart and open to ideas and innovation.


Check it out!

BalletMet Columbus

Most famous for their Christmastime classic, The Nutcracker, BalletMet Columbus puts on outstanding performances many times throughout the year. BalletMet started in 1978 and works with the community in many different ways. Local performances, touring shows, and classes for aspiring dancers are just a few ways that BalletMet has worked to serve Columbus’ art scene for over 30 years.


Upcoming Productions

Peter Pan– February 10-12- Ohio Theatre

(Ohio Theatre)

Art in Motion– March 17-25- Davidson Theatre

Twitter: @BalletMet

Instagram: @balletmet

Facebook: Ballet Met


Islamophobia: Its Causes and Consequences; How to Counter it in Daily Life

Check out the event page here.

Monday February 20, 2017
7:30 pm
250 Knowlton Hall
275 W. Woodruff Ave.

Free and open to the public.

In recent years, prejudice towards and discrimination against Muslims has reached a fevered pitch. Beyond blatant physical attacks or acts of vandalism, polls show that negative sentiment towards the followers of Islam runs deep, and has manifested itself in a range of ways. In an evening discussion that addresses the pernicious phenomenon, author Nathan Lean discusses its causes, its consequences, and highlights some of the underlying dynamics that have animated it in recent history. Looking ahead, he also offers key insights on how students, scholars, and members of communities at large can counter instances of prejudice and help realize a world that values pluralism and diversity.

Nathan Lean is a writer and scholar of the Middle East. He is the author of four books, including the award-winning The Islamophobia Industry. His work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the New York Daily News, CNN, Salon and the Christian Science Monitor among others. He currently lives in Washington, D.C.

Parking: Tuttle Garage. It is a short walk to Knowlton Hall.

Co-sponsors: The Multicultural Center, the Near Eastern Languages and Cultures Department, the Mershon Center for International Security Studies and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.

Metacognition Presentations

Get Students to Focus on Learning Instead of Grades: Metacognition is the Key!

When: Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Where: 220 Sullivant Hall

Audience: All (open)


21st Century students come to college with widely varying academic skills, approaches to learning, and motivation levels. Faculty often lament that students are focused on achieving high grades, but are not willing to invest much time or effort in learning. This session will focus on the importance of helping students acquire simple, but effective learning strategies based on cognitive science principles.


Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire will engage in interactive reflection activities that will allow attendees to experience strategies that significantly improve learning while transforming student attitudes about the meaning of learning.


Register Here:


Metacognition: The Key to Accelerated Success for Graduate Students and Their Students

When: Friday, February 17, 2017 from 2:30pm – 4:00pm

Where: MBI Auditorium

Audience: Graduate Students


Graduate and professional school students often face challenges adjusting to a new set of demands – acing coursework, preparing for cumulative examinations, assuming teaching duties, and producing research results.  This session will present metacognitive learning strategies and time management tools that graduate students can teach their students and that they themselves can use to “step up their game” so that their success in graduate school will equal or exceed their success in undergraduate school.


Register Here:


Speaker Information: Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire, Director Emerita of the Center for Academic Success and Retired Assistant Vice Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA has presented on metacognition and student learning at over 100 events, both nationally and internationally.



Media Literacy

Presented by the Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar in Literacy Studies

Friday February 3rd
311 Denney Hall

Media Literacies

How have media and technologies changed the way we learn, teach, use, and resist reading and writing? We will consider the sociocultural factors that influence how we engage with YouTube, Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram. All students with an interest in the study of literacy are invited to make sense of media old and new in the midst of a “fake news” flash point.

Lunch will be provided by LiteracyStudies@OSU. Please RSVP by January 31st to Michael Harwick at

If you can’t come to this meeting, but want to stay in the loop, drop Michael a line, and we will add you to the GradSem listserv.

2016-2017 GradSem Co-Chairs

Michael Harwick
Maryna Matlock
Susan Strayer
Jamie Teeple

Upcoming February Methods Events

Thursday February 16
EHE College Commons

Testing for Measurement Invariance with Ordinal Variables in Mplus
Dr. Natasha Bowen
OSU Professor of Social Work

Much of the data used by social scientists is ordinal, however, such data are often analyzed as if they are continuous. This presentation will focus on testing the invariance of scales based on ordinal indicators. This is an advanced presentation, geared to students with advanced coursework in measurement and multivariate statistics.
Don’t miss this opportunity to explore this special topic of measurement invariance with ordinal variables with Natasha Bowen. Natasha is the Associate Director of the Research Methodology Center and Professor in the OSU College of Social Work.

Register here.

Saturday February 18
PAES 110

Confirmatory Factor Analysis in AMOS
Robert Nichols
Doctoral Candidate

Join doctoral candidate Robert Nichols for a workshop in IBM SPSS AMOS. In this workshop, you will get an introduction to the SPSS structural equation modeling software AMOS. This software add-on is free to students at OSU, and offers a variety of capabilities beyond the standard SPSS program. Robert Nichols will introduce the theoretical and practical issues surrounding confirmatory factor analysis, and will lead you through a hands-on CFA using AMOS. This workshop is at an intermediate level and is intended for students with experience in SPSS, multiple regression, and introductory measurement.

Register here.

Monday February 27
Ohio Staters Traditions Room
Ohio Union- 2nd Floor

A Mixed Research-Based Meta-Framework for Conducting a Comprehensive Literature Review Using a Multimodal, Ethnic, and Culturally Progressive Lens
Dr. Tony Onwuegbuzie
Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling
Sam Houston State University

Save the date! Details coming soon!

Register here.