Pedagogical Training

A core mission of the Writing Program is to train and support course assistants, lecturers, and faculty in the teaching of writing to students in the College.

Courses in Writing Pedagogy

The Writing Program offers courses in writing pedagogy for graduate students who have been hired to teach for the Writing Program or who are training to teach within their own department or program. Visit our Courses in Writing Pedagogy page for more information.

Professional Development Workshops

Graduate student employees of the Writing Program can polish their skills as writing teachers by participating in our series of professional development workshops.  We offer two kinds of workshop series: one for Writing Program staff who work as Writing Interns in the Humanities Core, and another for those who work as Lectors in ENGL 33000: Academic and Professional Writing. These workshops include but are not limited to: best practices in one-on-one pedagogy, crafting effective teaching materials, and mini consultations for evaluating student evaluations.

We have two upcoming pedagogical workshops in Spring 2022:

The State of the Field: Jobs in Composition and Rhetoric

In this series, we’ll share insights, information, and first-hand experience to help you translate your Writing Program expertise to jobs and opportunities beyond the University of Chicago. Part One of the series will focus on traditional academic jobs. Part Two will help you begin to think of ways to leverage your Writing Program experience beyond the traditional job market. 

We ask that you RSVP in advance for each workshop you plan to attend, as we will provide coffee and pastries for attendees. Detailed workshop descriptions and links to RSVP are below.

Current Teaching Opportunities in College Composition and Rhetoric

Friday, May 13th, 10:00-11:30am in the Writing Program Office

In this workshop, we’ll review current trends in college composition teaching jobs. We’ll share public information on the median salaries, benefits, teaching loads, contract statuses, and credential requirements for jobs at other institutions. We’ll also host a short Q&A with a Writing Program alum who will share their post-WP experience in teaching and administration at peer institutions.

RSVP for Friday, May 13th


Leveraging Your Writing Program Expertise Beyond the Academy

Friday, May 20th, 10:00-11:30am in Cobb Hall 403

The second workshop in this series is designed to help you apply your Writing Program skills to create and secure professional opportunities beyond academia. We’ll talk about developing professional profiles and job materials that highlight your most relevant skills. We’ve also invited a Writing Program alum to share their experiences freelancing and working in other writing intensive fields.

RSVP for Friday, May 20th

Please direct any questions about the workshops to

College Teaching Certificate with Emphasis in Writing Pedagogy

To help graduate students and postdocs develop their approach to teaching and their approach to student writing, the Writing Program has partnered with the Chicago Center for Teaching to offer a College Teaching Certificate (CTC) with Emphasis in Writing Pedagogy. Visit the link for a detailed description of certificate requirements, which include components such as workshops, implementing pedagogical tools and strategies, written reflections, and submitting a teaching portfolio that includes a syllabus with a substantial writing component.


Upcoming Workshops:

Rhetoric of Writing-Focused Feedback – Pedagogy Workshop

Tuesday, May 10th, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Stuart 330 (accessible via the 3rd floor of Harper Memorial in the North Reading Room)

Hosted by Ashley Lyons, Associate Director of University Writing Programs

Teaching courses in your department? Preparing for the job market? This collaborative workshop asks you to think critically about feedback in the courses you design and teach in your own field: what, out of many potential functions, do you want your feedback on student writing to doWe’ll share different modes of and approaches to feedback and discuss how to align the different functions and formats of feedback with the learning objectives you have for your students. With these insights, participants will be equipped to decide what kind of writing-focused feedback to include in their course designs, when, and how. Participants will also be equipped to reflect on and better articulate those decisions when preparing future job materials. You can RSVP for this workshop here.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Ashley Lyons at


These workshops are part of our programming for the College Teaching Certificate with Emphasis in Writing Pedagogy. You do not need to be enrolled in the Certificate in order to attend these workshops. The workshops are open to graduate students, postdocs, and recent alumni. If you have questions about the workshops and requirements of the Certificate with emphasis in Writing Pedagogy, please reach out to