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Swiencicki Presents at Two Regional Colleges


Swiencicki Presents at Two Regional Colleges

Dr. Jill Swiencicki, Professor of English at St. John Fisher College, was recently invited to speak at two day-long programs at Alfred University and Finger Lakes Community College.

She presented at Alfred's First-Year Experience Program for faculty on May 12. The First-Year Experience Program gives every first-year student in Alfred's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences the opportunity to participate in a small seminar taught by one of the University's best professors.

The new directors of the program asked Swiencicki to help faculty across the disciplines who are teaching first-semester freshmen integrate more writing into their existing course syllabi. The day-long workshop had faculty working in small groups to identify course goals, and led them through a series of discussions to identify ways that writing assignments will enhance and deepen those goals. By the end, faculty were presenting their revised assignments, and were more clear about the role of writing for learning in their discipline.

On May 19, Swiencicki was the featured speaker for a day-long Writing Symposium at Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC).

She was asked to give some historical background to a new change FLCC's humanities department has made in their required research writing course, which asks students to use research and analysis to join in academic conversations of consequence. Swiencicki discussed the relatively new assumptions that writing is best taught as a social practice embedded in and bound by a real social context, and that student writers are legitimate researchers-in-training who write best for real purposes and real audiences.

In addition, she participated in a roundtable discussion on helping students incorporate sources into their analyses. Faculty from around the region including area high schools, Nazareth College, State University of New York at Brockport, and Monroe Community College, were also in attendance.

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