Course Review Committee
Each year, the CRC provides a venue for fruitful, thought-provoking conversations and collaborations among faculty who teach in the composition program, which is nearly all members of the English department faculty. The CRC is our way of ensuring that faculty governance provides direction to the program as a whole. Faculty teaching in the Composition program during AY 2019-20 are eligible to serve on the CRC.
We ran our first biennial “Winter program tuning retreat” this past February, and two top priorities emerged from that event: revising the Eng 12 and 24 curricula, and achieving racial equity in our course outcomes. In our work over the next 2-3 academic years, we will target both of these goals simultaneously–revising the curricula to be both attuned to current practice in Composition and Writing Studies and to maximize equity in student outcomes in both courses. We will not rush these processes as we believe quite strongly that meaningful change in our curricula, pedagogy, and assessment practices should be guided by deep learning. Significant change takes time and takes collaboration among all of us. We will spend at least this first term, if not the first year, learning: learning about our own courses and students, learning about national trends (and the arguments behind them) in teaching Composition, and learning about antiracist curricula, pedagogies, and assessment practices for the Composition classroom.
Participation in the CRC is entirely voluntary, and preference will be given to faculty who have not served on the CRC before or haven’t served recently. In addition, we try to select a CRC each year that mirrors, as best as possible, the percentages of full-time and part-time faculty who actually teach these courses.
Our work this academic year will include the following; all of these projects will be done this year in ways that help us move toward our two goals, outlined above:
- Approximately 5 face-to-face meetings per semester (fall/spring). These meetings will be a mix of small and large group formats.
- Designing a “Spring Research Project” for your own section of Eng 12 or 24.
- Participating in your choice of Fall collaboration with your CRC colleagues. The three options offered this year are: cross-marking a set of papers (lots of variations on this are possible); designing a shared curriculum, activity, or assignment; and classroom intervisitation. We’ll offer more details on these options to those who would like to join the CRC.
- Convening during finals week with other CRC members to reflect on insights from the fall semester and set an agenda for their work in the spring.
- During the Spring term, the CRC does not require class-level collaboration, which leaves us time to focus fully on advancing our learning and preparing to pilot new approaches in Fall 2020.
Providing that our CUE budget request is granted, we have a budget that will cover a total of 25 faculty. If you participate voluntarily in collaborative portfolio assessment (CPA) for Eng 12, you are still eligible to serve on the CRC and will be compensated at the higher rate for CRC instead of (not in addition to) the 6 hours for portfolio groups. Along with your usual portfolio meetings, you will join the other CRC members for large format meetings.
We hope you’ll join us this year and help us start the important work of reimagining our Composition program!