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writing program timeline

The following is an attempt to note significant events in the Program's history. No doubt it is incomplete, but we've done our best and will continue to update it. 

 

Date Event
2005 Writing Program founded
July 1, 2006 Doug Hesse hired as founding Director of the Writing Program
November 2-3, 2006 Writing Center Grand Opening. Day of programming, with lecture by Neal Lerner, MIT, to speak on "Science Labs, Writing Labs: Provocative Parallels"
March 2, 2007 Writing Program hosts Michael Bérubé, Penn State, for "Writing as a Public Intellectual" talk. 
April 12, 2007 Writing Program hosts Victor Villanueva, Washington State, to speak on "Rhetorics of the New Racism"
May 10-11, 2007 Anne Wysocki and Dennis Lynch, Michigan Tech, give talk on "The Dismissed: on the pasts and potential futures of emotion and the visual in writing studies"
September 20, 2007 Writing Program hosts Open Mic Night 
September 27, 2007 Writing Program brings to campus Cheryl Glenn, Penn State University, to discuss "Feminist Engagements with Rhetoric: The Possibilities"
October 18, 2007 Paul Kei Matsuda, Arizona State University, gives talk "Multilingual Writers in the University: Some Strategies for Teachers"
January 1, 2008 Program receives CCCC Certificate of Excellence
January 24, 2008 Writing Program hosts Michael Palmquist, Colorado State University, to present "reload|reset|reboot: Rethinking the Role of Computers in Writing Instruction"
 April 8, 2008 Researchers as Writers | Writers as Researchers lecture series.
 April 16, 2008 Researchers as Writers | Writers as Researchers lecture series.
 April 24, 2008 Rosa Eberly, Penn State University, speaks on "Quantum Parliaments: Rhetoric, Disciplinarity, and Sustainable Publics" 
 April 29, 2008 Researchers as Writers | Writers as Researchers lecture series.
 May 1, 2008 Researchers as Writers | Writers as Researchers lecture series.
 May 5, 2008 Researchers as Writers | Writers as Researchers lecture series.
 May 5, 2008   Writing Program hosts Phillip Pardi, Bard College, for Poetry Reading from Meditations on Rising and Falling
 May 12, 2008 WPAOpen Mic Night at the Botanic Gardens. Theme: Urban Nature"
 May 14, 2008 Researchers as Writers | Writers as Researchers lecture series.
 July 6-13, 2008 Writing Program hosts the annual WPA Conference, Workshop, & Institutes
 October 31, 2008 How do College Students Develop and Transfer Writing Abilities? A Campus-Wide Symposium 
 April 22, 2009 Conversations in the Disciplines: Approaches to Research. Research Panel 1 with Dr. Tom Knecht, Dr. Ingrid Tague, and Dr. Joan Winn.
 April 22, 2009 Conversations in the Disciplines: Approaches to Research. Research Panel 1 with Dr. Tom Knecht, Dr. Ingrid Tague, and Dr. Joan Winn.
 April 27, 2009 Power in the Blood: Book Signing. Dr. Linda Tate, Writing Program Lecturer read from her recently published book and then signed copies afterwards.
May 6, 2009 Conversations in the Disciplines: Approaches to Research. Research Panel 2 with Dr. Ann Dobyns, Dr. Robert Dores, and Dr. Christina Kreps.
 May 19, 2009 "Composition Saves the World" and "Spinoza, Burgh, and Jewish Rhetoric. Patricia Bizzell, Holy Cross University. Visit co-sponsored with Judaic Studies.
 2010 Writing Program receives additional lecturer line.
 February 23, 2010  Writing Program Faculty Lecture Series: "Striking a Chord and a Nerve: The Rhetoric of Reproductive Rights and Motherhood in and around the Work of Ani DiFranco." – Jennifer Campbell
 September 2010 Megan Kelly and Brad Benz join faculty
 October 20, 2010 National Day on Writing. PostSecret Table, Breakfast Celebrating DU First-Year Writers, Writing Center Variety Hour, DU Writers Read.
 2011 Writing Program receives 3 additional lecturer lines.
 January 2011  Juli Parrish joins the faculty
 April 12-13, 2011 Conversations in the Disciplines featuring Danny McIntosh, Seth Masket, Joan Winn, Hava Gordon, Bonnie Clark, William Philpott
 September 1, 2011 Liz Drogin, Eric Leake, and Kara Taczak join faculty
 2012 Writing Program receives 2 additional lecturer lines
 2012 Writing Program receives the Community-Engaged Department of the Year Award from the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL).
 February 2012 Joe Harris, Duke University, visits campus to speak about "Using Student Writing" 
 April 11, 2012 Conversations in the Disciplines. Speakers: Michael Kinyon, Mathematics; Christina Foust, Communication Studies; William Philpott, History.
 Spring 2012 1st Edition of WRIT Large is launched
 September 1, 2012 Cydney Alexis, Amber Engelson, Lance Massey, Lauren Picard, Angela Sowa, and Melissa Tedrowe join faculty
 October 3, 2012 Debate Fest – Program produced "Debate Bingo" cards that go viral nationally
 October 9, 2012 Quick Lunch Lecture Workshop: "Responding to Writing While Saving Some Weekend." 
 October 12, 2012  Kathleen Blake Yancey Lecture: "The View from a Rear View Mirror."
October 17, 2012  Quick Lunch Lecture Workshop: "Getting Students Beyond Quotation and Summary."
 October 18, 2012 National Day on Writing. Featuring a Twitter Story Contest and Writing on Stage event.
 October 19, 2012 Quick Lunch Lecture Workshop: "Responding to Writing While Saving Some Weekend."
 October 23, 2012 Quick Lunch Lecture Workshop: "What Students Like Best."
 October 30, 2012 Quick Lunch Lecture Workshop: "Getting Students Beyond Quotation and Summary." 
 October 31, 2012 Quick Lunch Lecture Workshop: "Multimodal Writing Assignments."
November 2, 2012  Quick Lunch Lecture Workshop: "What Students Like Best."
November 8, 2012 Quick Lunch Lecture Workshop: "Multimodal Writing Assignments."
2013 Liz Drogin wins the Service Learning Faculty Member of the year award from CCSEL.
January 30, 2013 WRIT Large (2nd Ed.) Launch and Reading.
April 16-17, 2013 Conversations in the Disciplines featuring: Lindsay Feitz, Gender and Women's Studies; Anne DePrince, Psychology; Peter Hanson, Political Science; Kristin Taavola, Music. Robert Dores, Biological Sciences; Juli
Parrish, Writing; Ophir Sefiha, Sociology and Criminology.
May 9, 2013 Writing Program hosts 1st annual COMPosium
September 2013 Allan Borst, April Chapman-Ludwig, and Sarah Hart Micke join faculty
October 15, 2013 Writing Program faculty invite students for afternoon snack and information in "Food For Thought...About First-Year Writing."
October 24, 2013 Writing Out of Bounds: A Community Writing Center Celebration featuring readings by writers from DU and community writing centers.
October 25, 2013 A Conversation with Hampton Sides. Reading and conversation with journalist and writer.
October 29, 2013 Early Works: A Celebration of FSEM Writing event.
February 11, 2014 Writing Program hosts 1st annual "Writing in Public" event, with speakers Dylan Scholinski, Rachel Kleinfeld, and Peter Banda.
February 19, 2014 3rd Edition of WRIT Large is launched
April 22-23, 2014 Conversations in the Disciplines featuring Dr. Anna Sher, Dr. Eleanor McNees, Dr. Sandy Lee Dixon.
May 15, 2014 Writing Program hosts 2nd annual COMPosium
September 2014 Rob Gilmor and Polly Reid join faculty
October 9, 2014 Writing Program brings author Ted Conover to campus for talk
October 14, 2014 Writing Program hosts advising event: Food For Thought to help students make the most of First-Year Writing classes.
October 16, 2014 Faculty Workshop: Qualitative Research and Writing. The Writing program hosted Dr. Jared Del Rosso (Department of Sociology & Criminology), Dr. Christina Kreps (Department of Anthropology) and Dr. Kate Willink (Department of Communications) to discuss qualitative research methods and writing practices across the disciplines.
November 5, 2014 FSEM Composium: The Early Works. A celebration of first-year student writing and research.
November 6, 2014 Faculty Workshop: Quantitative Research and Writing. The Writing Program hosted Dr. Becky Powell (Department of Geography) and Dr. Michelle Knowles (Department of Chemistry) to discuss quantitative research methods and how they applied to writing in the
November 14, 2014 Writing the Range conference with plenary speakers Scott Wible & Jess Enoch, U. of Maryland
January 6, 2015 Lauren Salvador begins as Office Manager
February 10, 2015 2nd annual Writing in Public event, with speakers Dylan Scholinski, Sarah Plummer Taylor, and Kim Manajek.
Spring 2015 4th Edition of WRIT Large is launched
April 23, 2015 Conversations in the Disciplines with Donald Bacon, Alejandro Ceron, Susan Schulten
May 2015 WP Faculty unanimously approve new faculty review and promotion guidelines.
2015 Heather Martin wins the Service Learning Faculty Member of the year award from CCSEL
July 1, 2015 Eliana Schonberg leaves DU for a position at Duke. Juli Parrish takes over as Interim Director of Writing Center. Sarah Hart Micke begins as Assistant Director of Writing Center
September 1, 2015 Brad Benz, Jennifer Campbell, Richard Colby, David Daniels, Matt Hill, Kamila Kinyon, Heather Martin, Juli Parrish, Casey Rountree, Carol Samson, Blake Sanz, Rebekah Shultz Colby, Geoff Stacks, John Tiedemann appointed as Teaching Associate Professors.
September 1, 2015 Dan Singer joins faculty
January 2016 Carol Samson granted Emeritus status
February 2016 5th edition of WRIT Large is published
February 23, 2016 Author D.T. Max gives talk on David Foster Wallace
April 29, 2016 2nd Annual Writing the Range Conference with plenary speakers Cheryl Ball (U. of Virginia) and Kate Vieira (U. of Wisconsin)
May 2016 Writing Program receives additional faculty line. Keith Rhodes, David Riche, and Libby Catchings join faculty. Juli Parrish is hired as Director of the Writing Center.
May 18, 2016 COMPosium
June 15, 2016 ASEM/FSEM Workshop
September 1, 2016 Megan Kelly appointed Teaching Associate Professor
October 19, 2016 1st Annual Encountering Stories Showcase
November 9, 2016 Short History of Student Writing Exhibit
February 10, 2017 Talk by Patricia Roberts-Miller (U. of Texas): Rhetoric of Demagoguery
April 5, 2017 6th edition of WRIT Large launched
April 19, 2017 Conversations in the Disciplines with Michael Brent, Ana Babic Rosario, Elizabeth Sperber, Barry Zink
June 15, 2017 Future of College Writing Symposium with speakers Eileen Schell (Syracuse); John Duffy (Notre Dame); Linda Adler-Kassner (U. California, Santa Barbara)
September 1, 2017 Kara Taczak appointed Teaching Associate Professor
September 1, 2017 Aubrey Schiavone and Zoe Tobier join faculty
October 18, 2017 Encountering Stories Showcase
February 12, 2018 Writing in Public with speakers Becky Lee, Nickolas Dawkins, & Jessica Campbell-Swanson
February 14, 2018 Frederick Douglas Transcribe-A-Thon
April 2018 7th edition WRIT Large launched
April 17, 2018 Conversations in the Disciplines with Kristy Ulibarri, Alejandro Ceron, Mei Yin.
July 20-21, 2018 Hosted CCCC Regional Summer Conference
October 10, 2018 [email protected] series – Jen Reeder
November 7, 2018 [email protected] series – Mindy Sink
December 5, 2018 Writing Program retreat @ Lookout Mountain
February 5, 2019 [email protected] series – Rob Blume
February 13, 2019 [email protected] series – Larry Goldman
February 14, 2019 Frederick Douglass Day Transcribe-a-thon
February 20, 2019 [email protected] series – Savannah Barry
February 27, 2019 [email protected] series – Ryan Ellis
April 16, 2019 [email protected] series – Angie Thurston
April 22, 2019 Conversations in the Disciplines
April 24, 2019 [email protected] series – John Campbell
May 9, 2019 [email protected] series – Andrea Dupree
June 19, 2019 Faculty vote approves revisions to the Reappointment & Promotion guidelines
June 17-21, 2019 Writing Institute for 20 DU faculty across the curriculum
June 23-26, 2019 Program hosts WAC Institute (40 professor from across the country)
June 27th, 2019 Writing Retreat at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden
September 1, 2019 7 Writing Program faculty promoted to Teaching Professor: Brad Benz, Jennifer Campbell, Richard Colby, David Daniels, Heather Martin, Juli Parrish, Rebekah Shultz Colby