Rater Information

Apply now to be a WAC Assessment rater!

The 2020 WAC assessment process will take place remotely using Canvas, virtual live meetings, and the WAC assessment website.

Being a WAC rater presents an opportunity to participate in engaging conversations about what we value in student writing, add a service component to curriculum vitae, and supplement summer income. 

Requirements: You must have exerience teaching or supporting a WAC-designated course and must be actively employed by the university.

If you are interested, return the application and OPS form even if you are waiting for summer teaching confirmation
Direct any questions to Julianne Zvolensky (jzvolensky@fau.edu) or Prof. Jeff Galin (jgalin@fau.edu)

Complete the 2020 WAC rater application

As of Wednesday, Arpil 8th, we have filled our 30 rater slots. However, you can still sign up to be an alternate in case people decide to drop out of the group. If you have any questions, contact Julianne Zvolensky.

Deadline: Friday, April 10th

If you are a GTA, after you submit your application, download, print, and sign the 

Temporary/OPS Employee Conditions of Employment Acknowledgment Form 
 
and return it to Wendy Kasten (wkasten@fau.edu). The OPS form must be processed before you can begin to work. 

If you are a GTA with other FAU-affiliated jobs during the summer term, you may also need to complete a Form 10 to Waive a University Requirement. This form is to request to be allowed to work more than the maximum number of hours per week that student employees are allowed to work during the respective semester. As WAC processes rater applications, we will send notice if this applies to you.

Click here to download instructions for filing a Form 10, including a description about the WAC rating that you can use on it so that you can begin processing it.

General Information

WHO? 25-30 evaluators who teach WAC courses and regularly assign and comment on student writing in their classes. Tenure-line faculty, instructors, Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs), and adjuncts are welcome to participate provided they meet the above criteria.

WHAT? Raters will use an online interface to read and rate papers, based on our 11-trait WAC rubric. There is an extensive norming process that opens interesting discussions about what we value in writing and why and ensures that inter-rater reliability is high. More background information on the WAC Assessment is below.

WHEN? Wednesday, May 13th – Wednesday, May 20th (weekend excluded), 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. To accomodate for remote meetings, there will be a  morning session virtual meeting and an afternoon session. We estimate that the rating process will take 5-6 days. Full attendance in the primary rubric norming session on Wednesday, May 13th and Thursday, May 14th is required. These required norming session days will not impact raters teaching/taking classes during summer terms 1 or 2 as they occur before the summer terms begin. Evaluators with the most availability are preferred. 

WHERE?  The entire assessment prcoess will be mangaged fully online. In the comfort of your own home! On your couch! On your patio! With your pet! 

WHY? The WAC assessment seeks to determine the improvements in student writing across a wide range of WAC courses as well as areas of concern. Raters often find norming conversations engaging and revealing about their own values in student writing. Also, it is a chance to earn extra money in the summer. 

HOW MUCH? The compensation for your time and energy will be $15 an hour.

WAC Assessment background
Each term since Spring of 2008, WAC, in conjunction with the office of Institutional Effectiveness and Analysis (IEA), has compiled a stratified random sampling of approximately 15-20 WAC-designated courses across the university and requested that each student in those sections submit material for the annual program assessment. Each student in the identified sections submits a first and final draft of a substantial, end-of-term thesis-driven writing assignment that uses multiple sources (a research paper, literature review, analysis paper, etc.), in addition to completing a short survey regarding their writing.