Critical Thinking through Writing (CTW) Ambassadors are faculty leaders chosen by department chairs to represent their respective degree majors for the implementation of CTW Initiative.
In the 2010/2011 AY, the CTW initiative funded 59 CTW Ambassadors, at least one ambassador from every department, at a rate of $2,500 per year, for a total of $147,500.
In cases where a department was particularly large or diverse as to require additional support, departments could appoint more than one CTW Ambassador.
The following are the Ambassador’s roles and responsibilities:
- Attend University-level Workshops offered by CTW coordinators
- With input of department and or chair, identify courses to be designated CTW and assure that CTW component of course is identified in all syllabi and in the CTW assignments
- If assigned by department chair, submit course materials for CTW approval through the General Education Sub-committee approval process
- With input & consultation with department chair, identify instructors teaching CTW courses
- With input from dept and or chair, develop an assessment and reporting plan for CTW initiative
- With input from department and/or chair, assure that a person responsible for assessment of CTW is identified
- With input from department and/or chair, prepare faculty for CTW instruction and assessment
- Assure that department plan specifies how the CTW component will be assessed and reported
- With input from chair, assure that the courses are taught regularly and appropriately staffed
- Assure that the faculty assess the CTW courses and develop an action plan
- Provide feedback to the University regarding the practice of CTW in department/majors.
- Prepare annual CTW report (including the requested assessment information) and submit it to General Education Sub-committee (now the Undergraduate Assessment Committee or UAC). In some departments this assessment report may be prepared by the assessment coordinator for that department and not by the CTW Ambassador.