Course Development Grants

The WAC program offers grants to support faculty who develop writing-intensive courses in the core and/or major. To acquire a Writing Intensive distinction, a course must be an undergraduate-level course, allow significant opportunity for revision of student work, and base at least 40% of the course grade on writing assignments (including assignments such as papers, reports, in-class drafts, journals, and essay exams).

Also, to receive the grant, faculty must take part in a faculty-development program. The faculty development program begins with a two-day workshop, which helps faculty to develop and deliver a Writing Intensive course. This workshop emphasizes assignment development, effective responses to student writing, revision, writing with new technologies, and other practices. The workshop also focuses on teaching concerns such as managing the workload of a writing-intensive class, working with graduate and undergraduate writing consultants (for larger classes), articulating and assessing learning outcomes, and reflecting on teaching practices. Faculty develop their course syllabi and writing assignments over the summer and submit materials for review by the program at the end of the summer.

As we consider this year’s proposals, the following applications will be given priority:

  • Applications from first-time applicants
  • Applications from departments that are under-represented in the WAC program
  • Applications for courses that don’t traditionally use writing as part of their course goals

To submit a proposal for a new class, faculty should fill out the WAC course-development grant application form (see web link at right). Feel free to contact the WAC office for more information (404-413-5824) or contact Brennan Collins at

The grant award includes a $2,000 summer stipend and support from WAC-affiliated faculty and staff. As conditions for receiving a grant, faculty must be able to attend the training workshop, to work independently on course development, to attend follow-up training sessions as necessary, to teach the course in the proceeding academic year, and to give a follow-up presentation or report to other faculty members if requested. Faculty involved with the CTW initiative may apply for the WAC grant, but the course that they develop can not be a CTW course.

All WAC-trained faculty may also be eligible to receive support from a student trained to be a writing consultant if they are teaching a WAC-approved course with enrollment of over 25 students. Student writing consultants are course-dedicated tutors who meet with students to advise them during the revision process, helping students with both content- and discipline-specific formatting. Writing consultants should be chosen by the WAC faculty member and will be trained by the WAC program. Writing consultants receive a $2,000 stipend for their work in the class. If a faculty member is approved to receive a writing consultant but is unable to find a student to fulfill that role, WAC can assist in matching faculty with qualified student writing consultants.

All grants will be contingent upon budget approval.

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