News

Jun 14, 2022
In Spring 2022, Shannon Hervey-Lentz piloted their new PWR 1 course "The Rhetoric of Wellness: The Social Context of Mental and Physical Health and Wellbeing," whose
person at podium
Jun 14, 2022
In this game, students practice presenting key aspects of their presentation, using different public speaking genres. Activity title: Presentation Genre Game
Jun 13, 2022
[Above: Kathleen Tarr and Lauri Dietz presenting at the April 2022 TEACH Symposium]
montage of speakers
Jun 13, 2022
In May, PWR hosted a stellar virtual roundtable themed “Between Getting Free and Living Free.” Moderated by Professor Adam Banks, it featured Professor Tamika Carey from the University of Virginia, who studies the everyday rhetoric
Kathleen Tarr (Upper Left), Tommy Soulati Shepherd (Upper Right), Juan Ramirez (ALS Interpreter) (Bottom)
Jun 6, 2022
April 23, 2022, audiences were fortunate to participate in the 8th Annual Getting Played Symposium on Equity in the Entertainment Industry and Awards, moderated by Symposium founder and PWR Lecturer Kathleen Antonia Tarr.  Tarr, a popular in
Balloon arch at Hume Center celebration
Jun 3, 2022
On Thursday, May 12th, Stanford’s Hume Center for Writing and Oral Communication hosted a celebration of two momentous milestones: the 20th anniversary of the Hume Center (formerly the Stanford Writing Center), and the 25than
Mar 17, 2022
[Pictured above: PWR lecturers celebrating Donna Hunter's retirement. From left to right, Emily Polk, Donna Hunter, Shannon Hervey, Sangeeta Mediratta, Harriet Jernigan, Mutallip Anwar]
Mar 16, 2022
Scroll down to learn more about our new colleagues, Kahdeidra Martin, Olesya Shayduk-Immerman, Bob Bathrick, and Efrain Brito, who started teaching with us in Winter quarter.
students talking with visiting writer
Dec 8, 2021
[Above: ESF/PWR Students respond to Tara Westover’s talk on writing and her book,
Dec 6, 2021
[Pictured above: Lisa Ramee, Jenne Stonaker, Daniel Bush, Nissa Cannon, and Becky Richardson at our end-of-the-quarter lunch, our first (optional) in-person event since 2019]
collage of new instructors
Dec 6, 2021
Seven new lecturers joined us this autumn. Things have been quiet in Sweet Hall, so we’re bringing your colleagues to you, with a taste of their lives on and off campus.
Dec 6, 2021
If you’re lucky enough to talk pedagogy with Phyllis Kayten, the longtime pillar of Green Library who currently serves as Outreach and Instruction Librarian, expect to hear the word “embedded” a lot.
picture of woman in striped shirt
Dec 6, 2021
  If you ask me what I came into this life to do, I will tell you:  I came to live out loud. - Émile Zola  
Sep 3, 2021
I first saw the documentary Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am at The Guild in downtown Menlo.
Sep 3, 2021
Next week marks the kick-off of PWR September Sessions 2021, with meetings from 9AM-11:30AM and 1:00PM-3:30PM on Thursday, September 9, Friday, September 10, and Monday, September 13.
Sep 2, 2021
With the first day of class approaching, there's one type of activity that many of us may be pondering: the ubiquitous icebreaker.  Although it can be designed in many different ways, the icebreaker serves an important function for
Sep 2, 2021
As we move from a tumultuous year of remote learning back toward a fall of on-campus teaching experiences, it’s hard not to think about the very real pressures of this particular pedagogical moment.  Teaching this fall wi
Sep 2, 2021
Pictured above: Our new PWR colleagues.  Not pictured: ITALIC instructor Sam Sax.
Sep 2, 2021
Pictured above; LSP Research Poster Session 2021 (Photo Credit: Jenne Stonaker)
Lecturer Julia Schulte camping
Sep 1, 2021
How did PWR Lecturers spend their summer in 2021?
Main Quad, Stanford University
Aug 31, 2021
Hopes for help, discussion, and connection dominated in a survey of incoming frosh and returning sophomores.
Jun 13, 2021
By Sangeeta Mediratta and Kevin Moore
Jun 9, 2021
In this issue, we’re pleased to feature the winners of the Boothe Prize for Excellence in First-Year Writing from Fall 2020 and Winter 2021.  Please note that the Fall Boothe Prize winner has asked to remain anonymous, and so is no
Jun 9, 2021
During our distant PWR year, one of the silver linings, for me, has been serving alongside Dr. Emily Polk as co-chair of NACC, where a tradition has emerged in our committee meetings.
Jun 9, 2021
In this issue, we're pleased to spotlight an amazing group of students -- our pandemic cohort of seniors graduating from our Notation in Science Communication program.  Read below to learn more about these dedicated students who fi
Jun 9, 2021
[pictured above: teaching award recipients Harriett Jernigan and Emily Polk]
Norah Fahim
Jun 7, 2021
“I always enjoy the slight productive hum of voices @humecenter – this is how writing comes to be. When we have conversations about writing” This was a tweet I posted midday while in the Hume Center back in 2018.
Jun 6, 2021
By Donna Hunter and Sangeeta Mediratta
Jun 6, 2021
By Tessa Brown and Nissa Ren Cannon
Mar 19, 2021
PWR is a community of teachers that takes ongoing professional development seriously. As part of our ongoing learning, we read great scholarship and essays from varied disciplinary perspectives.
Mar 19, 2021
"Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up." – Oliver Wendell Holmes "It takes two flints to make a fire." – Louisa May Alcott
Mar 19, 2021
[Above: A meme created by a student in Nissa Cannon's PWR 1 class]
Mar 19, 2021
It is safe to say that few guest speakers in the past several years have contributed to the PWR goals and ethos as much as Dr. Aja Martinez.
Mar 18, 2021
At the end of Fall Quarter 2020, PWR colleagues were invited to participate in a book exchange to celebrate the end of a very challenging year.
Mar 18, 2021
"I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means” said Joan Didion, during a 1976 lecture.
Mar 18, 2021
Across our different backgrounds, disciplines, and approaches to teaching in PWR, one thing that holds us all together is our commitment to thinking about the power of communication—what stories we tell and how.
Mar 17, 2021
In Beverly Moss’s book A Community Text Arises: A Literate Text and a Literacy Tradition in African Ameri
Mar 17, 2021
For this issue of Beyond the Farm, we caught up with our new colleague, Kath Rothschild, to ask her about her new novel, Wider than the Sky and her ongoing plans as a novelist.
Mar 17, 2021
If you ever have the pleasure of chatting with Sarah Peterson Pittock about her research, as I did a few weeks ago, you might feel a little like you are back in grad school.
Mar 17, 2021
Recently I had the opportunity to sit down (virtually, of course) with Dr.
Mar 17, 2021
“Teachers of composition need to pay attention to, and come to value, the multiple ways in which students compose and communicate meaning, the exciting hybrid, multimodal texts they create- in both nondigital and digital environments - to meet the
Mar 16, 2021
[pictured above, PWR lecturer and novelist Kath Rothschild (left) during a recent interview]
Dec 7, 2020
[image credit: Integrity stock / Shutterstock.com © 2020]
Dec 7, 2020
Doesn’t it seem as if March 6, 2020 was millennium ago? Even Earth seems to be spinning faster than it used to. What began as perhaps a quarter’s worth of Zoom teaching and learning has stretched itself out across this whole year.
Dec 7, 2020
In this issue, we’re pleased to feature the winners of the Boothe Prize for Excellence in First-Year Writing from Spring 2020.  Both students wrote award-winning essays during the first months of the pandemic, as st
Dec 3, 2020
By Sarah Pittock & Harriett Jernigan
Dec 2, 2020
If someone asked me about the best thing I did over summer vacation, my first answer would be the toadlet migration I witnessed du
Dec 2, 2020
[Pictured above: A pre-Pandemic gathering of ITALIC students and faculty, including former PWR Faculty Director, Nick Jenkins, top left)
Dec 2, 2020
Let’s be real. Caregiving has never been easy, and caregiving while teaching PWR even less so. But taking care of loved ones full time while teaching PWR during a global pandemic amid sociopolitical unrest?
Dec 2, 2020
Four brand-new lecturers joined PWR this fall. The PWR team has seen their faces in September Sessions and program meetings, now here’s your chance to get to know them beyond the Zoom room!
Nov 24, 2020
For this issue's Activity Showcase, we're pleased to spotlight a set of asynchronous multimodal activities developed by Harriett Jernigan.
Nov 24, 2020
“This is my dream job,” says Mya Vinnett, Oral Communications Tutor (OCT) with Stanford’s Oral Comm Program. Mya has been an OCT since fall 2019.
Nov 24, 2020
We want to start this Instructor News section by first recognizing the often invisible work of all our PWR parents and caregivers who have gone to great lengths to balance their family and professional responsibilities over t
Sep 4, 2020
In early summer, in response to the shift to a primarily online environment for the 2020-2021 academic year, Stanford's Registrar announced a change to
Sep 4, 2020
It's a big Christine head! Yes ... but it's also your September Sessions preview, COVID-style.  Done in one take (you can tell), but it's that kind of year.
Sep 3, 2020
In this exceptional year, our fully online PWR September Sessions will be focusing our energies around exploring issues at the intersections of “Online Writing Instruction” and “Antiracist Pedagogy.”  We will particularly con
Sep 3, 2020
“I live on the Internet now,” I often said to people this summer.
Sep 1, 2020
If I had to settle on a single anecdote to concisely capture my friend Mutallip Anwar, I would have to cite a talk we attended together last fall at Stanford.
Sep 1, 2020
The last six months have been unusual times, with COVID-19 and accompanying shelter-in-place orders profoundly changing the day-to-day experience of teaching and learning.  However, our students continue to do excellent work,
Aug 30, 2020
For this issue of the newsletter, we spoke to PWR’s Student Services Officer, Lisa Ramee.
Aug 30, 2020
Pictured above: Dr. John P. A. Ioannidis (left) visiting with Kevin Moore (top), Mutallip Anwar (not pictured) and students from two spring PWR 1 classes
Aug 30, 2020
[pictured above, from left to right, top to bottom, our new colleagues Nissa Cannon, Roberta Wolfson, Kath Rothschild, Brittany Hull]
Jun 15, 2020
[Pictured above: what office hours sometimes look like in the PWR Zoomiverse]
Jun 15, 2020
[above: Zoom image holder by Kathleen Tarr, layered on a CC0 background from Pixabay]
Jun 11, 2020
Overview: This activity asks students to think about the role writing can play in imagining a better world.
Jun 11, 2020
In this quarter's issue, we're pleased to celebrate the accomplishments of the seniors graduating from our Notation in Science Communication program.  Read below to learn more about these amazing students and their plans for
Jun 11, 2020
As many of you know, Dr.
Jun 11, 2020
By Harriett Jernigan & Sangeeta Mediratta
Jun 11, 2020
The PWR Newsletter crew had a chance this spring to talk to Raechel Lee about her hummingbird photographs, which she shares regularly through her Instagram account @1000xperminute.
Jun 11, 2020
Taught by faculty in the departments and programs, Writing in the Major (WIM) is the third-quarter writing requirement at Stanford.
Mar 29, 2020
[Picture above: Participants in a March 19 PWR Zoom Conversation on Converting your Favorite Activity, left to right, top to bottom: Harriett Jernigan, Christine Alfano, Ruth Starkman, Shannon Hervey, Sarah Pittock, Arturo Heredia, Lisa Swan,
Mar 24, 2020
Overview: This activity asks students to experiment with high style and deliberate use of rhetorical devices in crafting a short one minute "speech-bite" pitch about their project, which they record as an audio file.
Mar 24, 2020
One thing you might not know about PWR Lecturer Harriett Jernigan if you haven't had a chance to talk to her, is her passion for storytelling. Since 2015, she’s been sharing her stories with larger audiences, hosting a bilingual history podcast an
Mar 24, 2020
When I think of a writing workshop, I imagine the space, scale, and context we’re so familiar with in PWR: fifteen or so students gathered around in a circle, discussing a particular assignment or challenge.
Mar 24, 2020
Last fall, The MIT Review invited its readers to play a courtroom algorithm game, asking its readers “can you make AI [Arti
Mar 19, 2020
[Pictured above, Becky Richardson in early 2019, interviewing Soniah Kamal at Keplers]
Mar 18, 2020
I’ve shared an office on the third floor with Dr. Holly Fulton-Babicke since we both arrived at Stanford last September.
Mar 18, 2020
[Pictured above: Members of the 2020 NACC Committee - from left to right: Tessa Brown, Jenae Cohn, Tom Freeland, Russ Carpenter, Christine Alfano, Shannon Hervey, Kevin Moore. Not pictured: Ruth Starkman, Emily Polk]
From left, Fíera!, DJ Lynnée Denise, and Fela Kutchii at The Word’s launch event. Photo by Tessa Brown.
Mar 2, 2020
Image Caption: From left, Fíera!, DJ Lynnée Denise, and Fela Kutchii at The Word’s launch event. Photo by Tessa Brown.
ESF class photo in front of Memorial Church
Dec 11, 2019
[Pictured above: Christine Alfano (far left) and several of her ESF students in their weekly post-Seminar photo in front of MemChu, titled by student "ESF 7A 4ever"]
Dec 9, 2019
[Pictured above: Matthew Desmond and students.  All photos courtesy of Michael Kahan]
Dec 9, 2019
[Pictured above: Students in the fall English Honors seminar]
Dec 9, 2019
It’s no secret that I love radio and podcasts.
Dec 9, 2019
[Picture above: Dr. Yanshuo Zhang (center) and students from her PWR class]
The Uprising (L'Emeute) by Honoré Daumier
Dec 9, 2019
Activity title:  Voice Warm-up Author:  Tom Freeland Course:  PWR 2
Dec 9, 2019
By Tessa Brown & Kevin Moore
Dec 9, 2019
[Pictured above: Holly Fulton, Sarah Pittock, Shanley Jacobs, Katie Fitz, and Janet Kim at the VPUE holiday celebration.]
Dec 2, 2019
[pictured above: Becky with her sister and her mom's dog]
Dec 2, 2019
In this issue, we're spotlighting the winners of the Spring 2019 Boothe Awards.  They'll be honored in person at our Awards Ceremony in May 2020.
Sep 8, 2019
This year's September Sessions will be held Thursday, September 12, Friday, September 13, Monday, September 16, and Tuesday, September 17. Wondering what's in store? Read on ...
Sep 8, 2019
This summer, John Peterson and Erik Ellis worked as a team to teach two sections of PWR 1A, “Introduction to Writing at Stanford,” which is geared toward incoming freshmen athletes.
Sep 2, 2019
[pictured above: top left to right: Maxe Crandall, Jakeya Caruthers, Briam Kim, Lauren Oakes, Angi Kortenhoven; bottom left to right: Mary Stroud, Susan Schuyler, Carolyn Ross, Julia Bleakney, Alyssa O'Brien]
Sep 2, 2019
New instructors pictured above, from left to right: Holly Fulton-Babicke, Sangeeta Mediratta, Kevin Moore, Mutallip Anwar, Harriett Jernigan, Tara Diener. Not pictured: Storytelling lecturer Tiffany Naiman.
Sep 2, 2019
[Above: Emily Polk receiving Stanford Earth's Excellence in Teaching award. Photo credit: Stacy Geiken]
Sep 2, 2019
[Pictured above: model Dexter Mayfield on the runway]
Sep 2, 2019
In Spring 2019, Sarah Pittock taught PWR 91SP: "Doctors' Stories: Communica
Sep 2, 2019
Being the Writing Specialist in the Economics department in 2013-14 was challenging, not just because I was reading Greek, but because, as you might imagine, problem sets are the foundation of Stanford’s undergraduate Economics department rather t
May 30, 2019
As I interviewed my friend Dr. Ashley Newby for this feature that centers her scholarship and her writing, I remembered an interview I conducted with her last fall, about her summer teaching in Stanford’s Leland Scholars Program.

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