First-Year Writing Program
The First-Year Writing Program boasts a faculty of full- and part-time professors dedicated to the teaching of undergraduate writing. These faculty consistently have some of the highest student evaluation of teaching scores in the University. Full-time faculty in the program have published articles in such journals as College Composition and Communication, Composition Forum, English Journal, Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning, Pedagogy, PsyArt, Radical Teacher, Workplace, and Writing on the Edge; book chapters in presses such as Parlor Press, SUNY Press, and the University of Georgia Press; and books with Parlor Press, and the University of Missouri Press. Among them, these faculty have given over 100 presentations on panels, roundtables, and workshops at conferences such as the Association for Literature and the Environment, the Conference on College Composition and Communication, the Contemplative Campus Conference, the CUNY Feminist Pedagogy Conference, the Feminisms and Rhetoric Conference, the Hofstra “Who Owns Writing?” Conference, the Modern Language Association, the New England Writing Center Associatioon Conference, the Northeast Modern Language Association, National Council of Teachers of English, the Thomas R. Watson Conference, the SUNY Conference on Writing, the Trauma and Learning in Post-Secondary Education Conference, the University of CT Conference on the Teaching of Writing, and others. First-year writing faculty are also active in publishing literary nonfiction, novels, short fiction, poetry, and even film.
The First-Year Writing Program is one of the three components of the Institute for Writing Studies. All St. John’s University students are required to take FYW 1000C “English Composition,” and the First-Year Writing program is responsible for designing and teaching the curriculum for this course. All faculty design their own courses, which are connected by a shared set of learning objectives designed by the faculty. Our faculty meet with students for one-on-one consultations periodically throughout the semester. At the end of every semester students have the opportunity to participate in the Coming to Writing Conference, a biannual one-day event created by a first-year writing faculty member, where students share excerpts from their writing with the rest of the campus community.
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