NEW Graduate Certificate in Writing Pedagogy - Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning - Winter 2021

This five-part workshop series provides graduate student educators with research-based approaches to teaching writing in their disciplines. The aim of the program is to provide a theoretical and practical toolkit for teaching disciplinary writing that transfers to multiple contexts: when teaching as a TA for departmental disciplinary communication (DC) courses; when teaching courses of one’s own design, as a GSI as well as in future teaching positions; and when writing in one’s own disciplinary contexts.


The program is organized around a learning community that explores the following topics:

  • evidence-based approaches to writing pedagogy, including understanding the significance of disciplinary and writing threshold concepts;
  • writing assignment and assessment design; and
  • equity-minded, student-centered approaches to both teaching and assessing writing.

With an interdisciplinary community of peers, graduate student participants will (re-)design a writing assignment, a rubric for evaluating disciplinary writing, and an active learning activity that invites students to practice a key disciplinary writing skill.


*PLEASE NOTE: This certificate program is a professional development opportunity that does not satisfy the requirements to teach as a GSI in the Writing Program at UCSC. Please consult with the Writing Program to determine your eligibility to teach UCSC Writing courses.

Program Dates & Information

In Winter 2021, this program will be offered virtually through a series of asynchronous and synchronous activities. Synchronous sessions will be held on five Fridays during the Winter quarter at 10:00am-12:00pm (Pacific Time):

January 15 (week 2)

January 29 (week 4)

February 12 (week 6)

February 26 (week 8)

March 12 (week 10)

How to Participate

Registration for this program will open at 9:00am (Pacific Time) on Monday, November 30 and will close at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) on Sunday, December 6. Graduate students in any discipline are encouraged to register. We especially invite and encourage participation from graduate students who teach/TA for disciplinary communication (DC) courses in their departments.

Register here (starting November 30)

The program is limited to 30 graduate students in any discipline. By registering in this program, participants commit to:

  • actively participating in the five scheduled synchronous sessions in Winter quarter;
  • completing asynchronous tasks, including short reading assignments; 
  • completing three projects, including a (redesigned) writing assignment, a rubric, and an active learning activity--materials that are great for a teaching portfolio as well as current and future teaching contexts;
  • preparing a brief presentation of the above projects for sharing with other participants;
  • providing feedback on and engaging with peers’ projects and ideas.