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
The 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.
We create a culture of inclusion,
and exemplify an innovative, effective, and accountable learning community by
Presentation skills: provide students, staff, and faculty with assistance and feedback on presentation skills, including organization, research content, argument structure, and professionalism.
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 school applications.
Research: strengthen students, staff, and
faculty research skills by emphasizing finding, analyzing, integrating, and
citing sources in collaboration with our Cline research librarians.
Design: assist students, staff, and faculty
with document and presentation design, digital, and hardcopy, through feedback
on all drafts.
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.
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.
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
Supporting Our NAU Community
We sponsor, collaborate, and provide events that influence NAU’s culture of writing from guest speakers to writing events in the University Writing Commons. We collaborate with our research librarians, Faculty Development, Gateway Career and Advising, and open our events for the public to attend. We also sponsor an IWP Internship program for undergraduates to research, design, and implement projects that will influence the wider culture of writing at NAU.