AALAC Workshop: Writing and Critical Inquiry in the First-Year Classroom

AALAC Workshop: Writing and Critical Inquiry in the First-Year Classroom

November 2-3, 2018

Barnard College, New York


Critical inquiry and writing are cornerstones of a liberal arts education, and the first-year classroom, as the place where students are introduced to approaches to and methodologies of critical inquiry and writing, is an integral part of the educational experience at AALAC member institutions. Member institutions have various approaches to teaching first-year students writing and critical thinking across disciplines and preparing them for future studies, including dedicated writing courses, first-year seminars, and writing-intensive disciplinary courses. Many also have courses focused on serving academically underprepared and/or ESL and ELL students.

This workshop will enable faculty from participating institutions to share practical strategies and best practices for writing and critical inquiry in the first-year classroom and to hear about new research and scholarship in the field, including that directed at diversity and inclusion in this critical academic space. The constituency for this workshop will include those directing writing programs, first-year seminar programs, and writing-intensive courses directed at first-year students.



Meredith Benjamin, Barnard College

Jen Callaghan, Bryn Mawr College

Gail Hemmeter, Bryn Mawr College

Cecelia Lie-Spahn, Barnard College

Elizabeth Markovits, Mount Holyoke College

Wendy Schor-Haim, Barnard College