Warren College Writing Program

Email: warrenwriting@ucsd.edu

Website: http://warren.ucsd.edu/academics/writing/index.html

Staff Contact: warrenwritingprogram@ucsd.edu, (858) 534-3068

The Warren College Writing Program welcomes graduate student applications from all departments of the university, including the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Our appointments are for year-long (and usually renewable) teaching positions. Successful applicants learn how to teach students to write and read academic arguments. The purpose of the Warren Writing sequence is to enable undergraduate students, through intensive practice, to read and write academic arguments in preparation for their work in various academic disciplines.

All students in Warren College must complete a two-course writing requirement. Warren Writing TAs work under the guidance of the program directors but are the sole instructors in the classroom. All new TAs teach the first course in the sequence from a common syllabus, which allows for productive discussions of pedagogical issues in our weekly staff meetings. Experienced TAs are given the opportunity to design topic-specific courses that fulfill the second course in the sequence.  Design and implementation of new courses is always done in groups. Our current 10A course topic is "The Pursuit of Happiness." Our current 10B course topic is "Food Matters: Eating in the 21st Century."

TAs in our program teach six sections per year (not more than 15 students per section). All new instructors are required to attend the WCWP 500 teaching practicum on Tuesdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Just before the start of the academic year, instructors meet for a two-day orientation to prepare them to teach the first of the two writing courses offered by the program. During orientation, we discuss pedagogy, teaching methods, responding to work-in-progress, teaching successful revision strategies, and grading.

Responsibilities include implementing the course syllabus, teaching assigned sections, commenting on drafts of student papers, assigning grades, holding office hours, attending staff meetings, and using UCSD’s learning management system TritonEd (formerly Ted). Responsibilities average out to 20 hours per week for 50% appointments, so teachers are expected to balance their workload accordingly. Teachers enjoy the collegial atmosphere and a fair amount of autonomy. We work to establish a supportive teaching environment where pedagogical ideas and materials are shared, where TAs feel comfortable asking questions and seeking help, and where professional development and job-preparedness is emphasized.

Our courses run Monday/Wednesday and Tuesday/Thursday, 80 minutes per section. Teachers are asked to keep reasonable availability open in their own classes to accommodate the program's schedule.