Workshops, Presentations, and Events

Current Workshops and Events

Spring 2017 WAC 2-day training workshop
These workshops are intended for faculty members who have not yet participated in a WAC seminar and are teaching, or plan to teach, WAC courses this academic year and those who are planning or teaching courses in FAU’s Honor's Programs.  

As you may know, FAU formalized its Writing Across Curriculum program in spring 2007.  At that time, the Faculty Senate approved a policy that beginning spring 2008, all faculty (including adjuncts and instructors) who teach WAC designated courses “may do so without training, but only for a single semester.”  Those faculty members must participate in a WAC seminar before teaching another WAC course.

This semester's WAC training seminars will take place on the following dates (video conferencing available):

Session 1:  BOTH Tuesday, Jan 17th and Thursday, Jan 26th  from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in GS 214 B
Session 2:  BOTH Friday, Feb 3rd and Friday, Feb 10th  from 1:00 p.m.  3:30 p.m.  in GS 214 B.

Download the application  here.


Past WAC Workshops 

Fall 2016
Session 1: BOTH Friday, September 16th and Friday, September 23rd from 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. in GS 214 B OR
Session 2: BOTH Thursday, October 6th from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and Thursday, October 13th from 8:30  – 11:00 a.m.  in GS 214 B.

Spring 2016 
Session 1: BOTH Thursday, January 28th and Thursday, February 4th from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in GS 214B 
Session 2: BOTH Wednesday, February 17th and Wednesday, February 24th  from 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. in GS 214 B.

Spring 2015 
Session 1: BOTH Thursday, January 22 and Thursday, January 29 from 2:00 – 4:30 pm in GS 214B    
Session 2: BOTH Friday, February 13 AND Thursday, February 20 from 9:30 am - 12:00 pm in GS 214B.

Fall 2013
Session 1: BOTH Wed, Sept 8 AND Wed Sept 25 from 9:30 am - 12:00 pm in GS 214B
Session 2: BOTH Thurs, oct 10 and Thurs, Oct 17 from 2:00 - 4:30 pm in GS 214B


Past Writing Workshops

Spring 2014

Tuesday, January 14 : Deconstructing a Text
If you find your assigned reading is long and complicated or making absolutely no sense, this workshop will help you.  Providing strategies for breaking a reading down to its b are essentials, students le arn how to find the message between the lines and make any reading into an advantage rather than an obstacle for their papers.

Tuesday, January 21: Developing a Thesis
In ENC 1101 and 1102, students learn that a thesis is certainly one of the more important aspects of their writing.  This workshop provides a fail-safe user-friendly formula and clear examples of how strong, college-level thesis statements are achieved. 

Tuesday, January 28:
No one wants to get a citation, but using them in college-level papers is an absolute requirement, regardless of the degree you're pursuing.  In this workshop, both ENC 1101 and 1102 students are introduced or re-introduced to the fundamentals of incorporating citations for both MLA and APA styles, in addition to examining the endless and easy-to-use resources for making sure they are correct for your final draft. 

Tuesday, February 4: Sentence Variety
Nobody wants to write a boring paper, and certainly no teacher wants to read one.  By examining the variety of ways in which a sentence can be constructed, students in this workshop are shown how simply and how different a simple or complex thought can be presented, adding some much-needed personality to the page

Tuesday, February 11: The Proof of Proofreading
While finishing a paper is certainly a good feeling, proofreading a paper is not as easy as hitting the Spell Check button.  In this workshop, students will see real-life examples of how important reviewing a paper can be as well as learn tips for not only correcting a paper's errors but improving them to a higher level.

National Day on Writing 2013

The annual National Day on Writing is an opportunity for people nationwide to celebrate writing. The goals of the celebration are to reflect on writing as an integral part of our daily lives, to give increased attention to the words we use to express ourselves, and to acknowledge new technologies that ease communication.

FAU's University Center for Excellence in Writing (UCEW) is celebrating the National Day on Writing on Thursday, October 17, 2013 with fiction and essay writing contests and an evening reception in the Center for Teaching and Learning suite with a reading from student contest winners and guest author Julie Marie Wade. For more information and times please visit the UCEW website.

WAC Brown Bag Lunch Series Spring 2012

What are benefits of incorporating peer review into the classroom? March 14
“No One Writes Alone: Peer Review in the Classroom, A Guide For Instructors” and “No One Writes Alone Peer Review in the Classroom, A Guide For Students”

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) presents two short videos that expand upon the importance of peer review in the classroom. The first is geared towards an audience of instructors and discusses the benefits of incorporating peer review into the classroom. Instructors should not assume that students “know” what to do in a peer review session and therefore need guidance since the answers to their questions might no longer be obvious. Similarly, the video notes how peer review helps students discover their own tools of criticism. Student audiences are informed that the term “peer” does not always mean “expert” and thus can be open ended; peer can mean anyone trying to understand basic questions of the discipline. Peer review encourages a qualitative understanding of one’s work, and the exercise is what helps students learn the process of creating, complicating, and enriching new ideas.
Video for Instructors:
Video for Students:

How is technology changing the face of plagiarism in the classroom? Feb. 16

“Software Catches (and Also Helps) Young Plagiarists” by Marc Perry
Parry discusses examples of software such as Turnitin that are used to detect plagiarism in student papers. As the popularity of such programs grow, many professors are moved to ask questions and make decisions about how they approach plagiarism in their own classroom: Should they use a software to scan all papers or run the risk of missing some cheating by relying on their own instincts? In response, some professors allow students to scan their own papers via Turnitin, and software products such as WriteCheck enable students to check their work against databases used by Turnitin. However, some believe that the key to avoiding plagiarism will not be in detection services, but rather a shift in the way the research process is taught, putting citation in words students understand and making students feel they are a part of relevant collaborative projects. Article:

'Hybridizing Courses at FAU: Benefits and Challenges' Feb. 16

On Thursday, Feb. 16 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in IS 208 (Center for eLearning conference room, second floor, Bldg. 4) on the Boca Raton campus, join a brown bag discussion on "Hybridizing Courses at FAU: Benefits and Challenges." Join us for as much of the discussion as you can. We will begin with a general introduction and brief presentation about what "hybridizing" a course means, some of the reasons one would want to hybridize a course, and some of the challenges one must negotiate around in hybridizing a course. We will then break into small(er) groups for more targeted discussions about different groups' needs and concerns about hybridizing (to be determined at the time of the event). We will wrap up by summarizing the small group discussions and offer suggestions on proceeding with hybridizing projects. This event is co-sponsored by the Scholarship of Teaching Office in the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Center for eLearning. For more information, contact Dr. Jennifer Peluso, Director for the Scholarship of Teaching, at ext. 561-297-1033 or

Teaching with Technology Showcase

Feb 17, 2012

FAU's Teaching with Technology Showcase provides a great opportunity for faculty to learn about using the latest technology in the classroom. The event will be hosted at the Broward campuses for the first time on Friday, Feb. 17 in Davie. Lunch will be provided. In addition to informative presentations, attendees will have opportunities to win prizes such as TVs, printers and Kindles. RSVP required at For the schedule and additional details, visit This event is sponsored by FAU Broward Administration , Office of Information Technology - Broward Computing Services (OIT-BCS) , the Center for eLearning , and the Center for Teaching and Learning .

Oct. 23, 2010
9:00am - 1:00pm 

The Second Annual Teaching with Technology Showcase was held on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010. ( Click here for program ) The Teaching with Technology Showcase is a collaborative program offered by the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Office of Information Technology. 

WAC Committee Meetings:

February 9, 12:00-2:00, GS 21B
March 16 12:00-2:00, GS 214B
April 12 12:00-2:00, GS 214B

UCEW Workshop Schedule

To view a Workshop flyer, please click here.

Wednesday, Feb. 1: Getting Oriented Learn about the UCEW, its functions, and procedures for appointments.
Monday, Feb. 6: Reading between the Lines Gain tips for deconstructing a reading.
Monday, Feb. 13: Don’t Fear the Thesis Learn new ways to create a paper’s core idea.
Monday, Feb. 20: Tips Your Grammar Gave You Back-to-the-basics approach to some important sentence building concepts.

Monday, Feb. 27: Punctuation (Ampersand) You Examine the little, useful symbols in writing. 
Monday, March 19: I Don’t Understand Why You’re Giving Me a Citation! Learn how to use MLA and APA to cite your sources.

The Scholarship of Teaching Lunchtime Seminars Fall 2010

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Faculty Enhancement Workshop: Critical Thinking: Strategies you can use
Saturday, March 27, 2010
9:00am - 1:00pm
Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Building (NU 84)
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Faculty-Community Connections Workshop
Friday, March 26, 2010
9:30am - 2:30pm
Live Oak Pavilion A & B
For more information, please contact Lorraine Cross at or 7-2491.

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Academic Service Learning Symposium
Multidisciplinary Perspectives to Academic Service-Learning: From Concept to Capacity Sponsored by The Center for Teaching and Learning and The Weppner Center for Civic Engagement and Service

November 19, 2009

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Office Depot Executive Center in the College of Business
Click here to view the flyer
Click here to view the program

Teaching with Technology Showcase
Sponsored by The Center for Teaching and Learning and The Office of Information Technology
October 24, 2009
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Marleen & Harold Forkas Alumni Center
Click here to view the website and videos of the showcase

Service-Learning and Engaged Scholarship, presented by Melody A. Bowdon, Associate Professor, University of Central Florida
Click here to view the webcast

Student Engagement through Service Learning,
p resented by Dr. Ravi Behara
Click here to view the webcast

Storytelling as a Pedagogical Technique, presented by Dr. Carin Neile
Click here to view the webcast
Click here for a copy of Dr. Neile's handout

What Students Say about their FAU Experience
presented by Dr. Sharron Ronco
Click here to view the webcast

Exploring Academic Service Learning,
presented by Lorraine Cross and Monica Jara

Using Psychology to Teach: Teaching Tips for Effective Learning, presented by Dr. Jeffrey S. Nevid, Department of Psychology, St. John's University (Jamaica, NY)

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