Resources for Faculty and Staff

Convocation 2014, held on the historic Quad, with three speakers to greet the Class of 2014. Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty Matt Auer, Student Government President Alyssa Morgosh ’15 of Oceanside, Calif., and Bates President Clayton Spencer

Writing @ Bates offers a variety of resources designed to support Bates faculty as writers and educators.

  • We offer a menu of workshops and other events every semester, designed to support faculty in effectively integrating writing both in Bates curriculum of writing-attentive courses and across the entire academic curriculum. See our faculty programming for Fall 2016 below.
  • The Writing Specialists and the Director of Writing at Bates are available for consultations on assignments, syllabi, scholarly projects, and much more. Visit our staff page to see who might be most appropriate for your needs, or simply send us an email at; we’ll connect you to the person who most fits your needs.
  • Faculty teaching writing attentive courses have a writing specialist assigned to their courses to consult on writing in the course, deliver in-class workshops, and otherwise support the course. Instructors of first-year seminars (and other courses, as requested) are also assigned a Peer Tutor, a Bates student who provides writing support for the students in the course.
  • To nominate a Peer Writing & Speaking Assistant, or for any questions, please contact us at



Winter 2017 Writing @ Bates workshops for faculty.

Upcoming Workshops

Supporting English Language Learners as Writers

Working with ELL writers presents a unique set of challenges. How do you work with student writers when your usual guiding principles don’t apply? How do you focus your efforts, presented with a large number of surface errors? How can you use your class to meaningfully move your ELL students towards fluency? Join us as we explore these and other questions! Please RSVP to Daniel Sanford (

 Thursday, 2/16, 1PM, Commons 222

Past Workshops

Tools for faster, better grading

Commenting on and grading papers can be one of the most time-consuming parts of faculty life. By focusing your energy, it’s possible to both spend less time grading, and provide more useful feedback for your students. In this workshop, we’ll cover a few principles for fast and pedagogically effective assessment, as well as a few tools that can completely change the way you grade. Please RSVP to Daniel Sanford (

Wednesday, 2/8, 1PM, Commons 226

Rubric Development for Progressive Pedagogues:

Contrary to popular belief, rubrics do not have to be pedagogically regressive, one-dimensional or clinical. Together we will explore ways to co-construct learner-centered rubrics with our students for writing-attentive courses and beyond.

Wednesday, 1/25, Noon, Commons 211