What is WAC/WID/CXC?

Pearce Center has made WAC, WID, and CXC programs the center of its current activities. Writing Across the Curriculum programs work to ensure that Clemson students are prepared for writing in a wide variety of academic and professional settings. WAC often involves writing to learn—informal writing that helps writers explain their reading, their observations, and their own thinking to themselves. WAC can take the form of field notes, lab notes, journals, lecture summaries, reflection papers, and many other familiar forms. Writing in the Disciplines introduces students to writing for a particular field: its conventions, practices, and formats–all the requirements for joining a disciplinary conversation. WID can take the form of journal articles, masters theses, doctoral dissertations, grant applications, and technical documents for a variety of science and engineering fields. Communication Across the Curriculum ensures that Clemson students are prepared to express themselves in modes of communication other than writing, including the visual rhetoric and information design needed for posters, presentations, and visual productions. In 2001, TIME magazine named Clemson “Public College of the Year” and featured Clemson’s commitment to WAC/WID. The Pearce Center for Professional Communication is committed to reaching similar recognitions for its WAC, WID, and CXC programs, with particular emphasis on supporting Clemson Forward’s engagement initiatives.

 

Funded Projects

To augment its ongoing commitment to improving the communication skills of all Clemson students, the Pearce Center regularly invites requests from faculty in all disciplines for

• funding for curricular or other initiatives that enhance oral, written, visual, and/or digital communication or that foster writing to learn at Clemson;

• small grants for communication-based, peer-reviewed research in your discipline;

• assistance developing a communication component in your grant proposals; and/or

• space/technology in the Class of 1941 Studio for Student Communication for your project, class, or research team.

How Can I Apply?

Calls for proposals are put out in spring for projects to be funded during the following academic year. The Pearce Center Faculty Advisory Committee reviews all submissions. Please direct any questions to Cameron Bushnell, Director of the Pearce Center for Professional Communication.

Workshops

The Pearce Center offers workshops on issues regarding written and oral communication to help faculty and graduate students with their own writing and with the teaching of writing.

Contact Sarah Costley (sstilli@clemson.edu) to request a workshop in your department.

David Blakesley workshop in Riggs Hall

Communication Resources

The WAC Clearinghouse, in partnership with the International Network of Writing Across the Curriculum Programs, publishes journals, books, and other resources for teachers who use writing in their courses.

National Association of Communication Centers: http://www.communicationcenters.org/