In 2011 the Provost commissioned the University Writing Committee (UWC) to promote and celebrate student writing. The Committee consists of the University Writing Program Director, the University Librarian (or designee), and six faculty members (two from Arts and Humanities, two from Natural and Behavioral Sciences, two from Social Sciences) appointed by the provost (all voting members).

The University Writing Committee:

  • Promotes a University culture that fosters excellence in undergraduate writing
  • Oversees the Writing Program awards for students and faculty members
  • Reviews policies and procedures regarding undergraduate writing and makes
  • Makes recommendations to the administration and appropriate faculty committees
  • Assesses university-wide writing courses (e.g., ENGL 123, ENGL 223, Writing-Intensive Courses, senior capstone courses)
  • Advises the Provost on resources required to support undergraduate writing at the University
  • Reports to the provost

The 2013-14 council consists of:

  • Jana Adamitis, Modern and Classical Languages & Literatures
  • Russell Burke, Organismal & Environmental Biology
  • Jeffrey Gibbons, Psychology
  • Elizabeth Jelinek, Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Lisa Spiller, Marketing
  • Linda Waldron, Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology
  • Alicia Willson-Metzger, Trible Library
  • Mary Wright, Program Director, English

Contact us at writingprogram.council@cnu.edu

Provost’s Award for Excellence in Student Writing

This award is an annual contest sponsored by the Provost’s Office and the Writing Program Council. The contest is open to all CNU undergraduates with two winners receiving $250 a piece.

This award is given to a student whose devotion to undergraduate writing embodies the goals and ideals of the liberal arts tradition through the treatment of writing as a developmental process and the use of written feedback and evaluation of writing.

Students wishing to be considered for this award should include the following items:

  • 500-word personal statement that addresses the criteria listed below.
  • One or two evaluated papers.
  • Two faculty recommendation forms that address the criteria listed below. (Recommendations do not necessarily need to be from the faculty assigning the submitted student papers.)

Criteria for the award:

  • Treats writing as an ongoing process of knowledge articulation where improvement is gained through informal and formal preparatory activities, multiple drafts, iterations, and revisions.
  • Seeks continual and diverse opportunities for feedback from written comments, conferencing with instructor, peer review sessions, and appointments with tutors in the Writing Center.
  • Continues developing papers and projects past the scope of a class for submission to publication, to enter graduate school, and pursue a career.

The submission deadline for this award has past.

For questions or more information, please contact the University Writing Council at writingprogram.council@cnu.edu

Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Student Writing

The deadline for faculty application has past. The winner will be announced right before spring break.


This award is an annual contest sponsored by the Provost’s Office and the Writing Program Council. The contest is open to all CNU faculty with the winner receiving $500.

This award is given to a faculty member whose devotion to undergraduate writing embodies the goals and ideals of the liberal arts tradition through writing assignment design, treatment of writing as a developmental process, the use of written feedback and evaluation of writing. This effective writing pedagogy makes this faculty member an energetic champion of writing.

Faculty wishing to be considered for this award should include the following items1

  • 500-word personal statement that addresses the criteria listed below.
  • One or two evaluated student papers (with student names omitted).
  • Syllabi, assignment and rubric corresponding to submitted student papers.
  • Two student recommendation forms that address the criteria listed below.
    (Recommendations do not necessarily need to be from the authors of the submitted student papers.)

Criteria for the award:

  • Treats writing as an ongoing process of knowledge articulation where improvement is gained through informal and formal preparatory activities, multiple drafts, iterations, and revisions.
  • Offers continual and diverse opportunities for feedback from written comments, conferencing with instructor, peer review sessions, and appointments with tutors in the Writing Center.
  • Evaluates written pieces and final pieces by clearly established criteria, using rubrics or other assessment tools. Evaluations consider audience awareness, proper contextualization of issue, salient writing style appropriate for discipline, thoughtful organization, employment of discipline-specific discourse and conventions, and an appropriate understanding of grammar and mechanics.
  • Encourages and mentors students to continue developing papers and projects past the scope of a class for submission to publication, to enter graduate school, and pursue a career.

1 Applications should only include evidence from courses taught from Fall 2012 and after.