Writing and Rhetoric Department:College of Arts and Humanities

Program Annual Reports

Department Goals

The Department of Writing and Rhetoric (DWR) is focused on achieving 8 primary goals:

  1. DWR's First-Year Writing Program serves as an innovative and effective entry point to writing in the university for freshmen students.
  2. DWR offers innovative writing courses and tutoring support for transfer students and for freshmen students who tested out of first-year composition.
  3. DWR's Writing Across the Curriculum Program consults with faculty in a variety of colleges to help their departments and programs create writing-related outcomes, revise curricula and assessment plans toward those outcomes, and provide appropriate support structures for achieving them.
  4. DWR offer students from all majors additional preparation for and practice in academic, professional, and civic writing through its Minor in Writing and Rhetoric and its undergraduate Certificate in Public and Professional Writing. DWR also offers specialized upper-division writing courses that complement the writing intensive courses in other disciplines.
  5. DWR educates writing professionals and writing educators for Florida's knowledge-based economy through its proposed Major in Writing and Rhetoric, M.A. in Rhetoric and Composition and the Graduate Certificate in Professional Writing.
  6. DWR's University Writing Center provides writing support for undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines.
  7. DWR actively collaborates with non-profit, K-12, and community college partners to better prepare students for academic/professional/civic writing, to enhance Florida's workforce development, and to address community writing-based needs.
  8. DWR is a site for research that informs and improves the teaching and practice of writing (broadly defined) across educational, professional, and civic spheres.

At the end of each year, the Directors of each of the major programs, in coordination with the Department Chair, write annual reports outlining their progress toward the departmental goals.

Department's Efforts Toward Achieving University Goals

Each year, the department is required to submit an annual report to the College detailing how the department's activities have supported the university's five goals, which are:

  1. Offer the best undergraduate education available in Florida
  2. Achieve international prominence in key programs of graduate study and research
  3. Provide international focus to our curricula and research programs
  4. Become more inclusive and diverse
  5. Be America's leading partnership university
Department of Writing and Rhetoric • College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Central Florida
Campus Location: Colbourn Hall (Building 18) Room 301
Phone: 407-823-2295 Fax: 407-823-1287 • Website Technical Support: cahweb@mail.ucf.edu