Program for the 2017 PDI

Wednesday, January 11th

2:15 PM

Session Title:
Writing Effective Letters of Recommendation
Presenters:
Mary Swanson,Nancy Levinger
Category:
Writing and WAC
Date:
Wednesday, January 11th 2017
Start Time:
2:15 PM
Session Length:
2 Hours
Room:
376-78 LSC
Description:
Writing letters of recommendation can be a daunting task. How do I write the best possible letter for a student I barely know? How can I recommend a really great candidate who has some flaws in their past? How do I know where to begin, what to include, how to best represent the candidate? These types of issues can challenge even the most seasoned letter writer. This workshop aims to increase faculty and staff comfort, confidence and effectiveness when writing letters of recommendation. Topics covered in this session will include: the job of the recommender, the job of the applicant, how to say "no", common mistakes letter writers make, and best practices for letter writing. Most of the workshop will focus on recommendation letters for students, but topics and activities apply quite universally to recommendations for any situation. Come prepared to interact with workshop participants and leaders in activities designed to develop your skills.
Goals and Target Audience:
This workshop aims to increase faculty and staff comfort, confidence and effectiveness when writing letters of recommendation.
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3:30 PM

Session Title:
Publish or Perish: Effective Writing Practices to Help You Flourish!
Presenters:
Arsineh Hecobian Najjari
Category:
Writing and WAC
Date:
2017
Start Time:
3:30 PM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
376-78 LSC
Description:
One of the important parts of an academic life whether you are a student taking classes, a researcher publishing papers, someone who needs to submit proposals to generate funding for themselves or their group is writing. There are a lot of different techniques to make writing a more smooth and enjoyable activity. We are going to discuss some of those and do short practices of a few others. You will hopefully leave this session with some practical tools that you can use or adapt to your needs so that you are a more efficient writer.
Goals and Target Audience:
Goals: -Share effective writing techniques for more productive writing sessions and practices. Target Audience: -The session will be directed to an academic audience (faculty, staff, and students) who need to write papers, proposals, etc. for work or classes. However, people who want to write in general are also welcome.
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