The IWP's Mission Statement
In keeping with NAU’s
commitment to student success and excellence in education, the
Interdisciplinary Writing Program is dedicated to promote the intellectual
growth and development of students through providing resources and experiences
that encourage student-writers to explore, develop, research, design, and
present their work inside and outside of the academic classroom.
IWP GoalsThe IWP is committed to providing a learner-centered program that focuses on student success, engagement, and achievement, as well as the advancement of the internationalization of the university.
create a culture of inclusion, and exemplify an innovative, effective, and
accountable learning community by focusing on:
Writing: assist all NAU
students, staff, and faculty in improving their writing capabilities for their
academic classes and to offer feedback for students with writing projects not
directly related to their academic classes, such as job letters and graduate
Research: strengthen students,
staff, and faculty research skills by emphasizing finding, analyzing,
integrating, and citing sources in collaboration with our Cline research
Design: assist students,
staff, and faculty with document and presentation design, digital, and hardcopy,
through feedback on all drafts.
Presentation skills: provide students, staff, and faculty with
assistance and feedback on presentation skills, including organization,
research content, argument structure, and professionalism.
Supporting NAU Students
We believe that all writers benefit
from sharing their work-in-progress with trained, informed, and interested
readers, so we provide one to one writing assistance for students that are
collaborative and interactive. These sessions familiarize students with composing
strategies and introduce them to the many rhetorical choices available to
academic writers. We also lead group workshops on writing-related topics.
Supporting NAU Staff
We provide support for staff
members who need feedback on professional documents. We offer appointment-based
sessions for staff to discuss writing tasks such as emails, memos, letters, posters,
or grant proposals.
Supporting NAU Faculty
We provide consulting and
feedback for faculty interested in revising writing assignments. Syllabus
design, innovative assignment creation such as using low-stakes in-class writing
to meet learning outcomes, and giving effective feedback to student writers are
subjects of one-to-one sessions and group meetings between the University
Writing Commons staff and faculty.
Supporting our NAU Community
We sponsor, collaborate, and
provide events that influence NAU’s culture of writing from speakers to the
Undergraduate Videogame Symposium (a new branch of the larger Undergraduate
Research Symposium). We collaborate with our research librarians, the
Philosophy in the Public Interest, and open our events for the public to
attend. We also sponsor an IWP Internship program for undergraduates to
research, design, and implement peer-to-peer ideas that will influence the
wider culture of writing at NAU.