Writing Across the Curriculum Spring Event Series at CSI

Wednesday March 5, 2014 – 12:00-3:30 pm
Faculty Resource Fair
Whether you’ve never heard of WAC or you’re a WAC veteran, join us for the faculty resource fair! Learn about what WAC can offer for your teaching, grab a helpful handout, learn about the new website, and check out the schedule for the month’s events.

Wednesday March 5, 2014 – 2:00-3:30 pm
Grant Writing as Model Curriculum
Writing Across the Curriculum at CSI has been engaged in a year-long project on helping students write research proposals for grants and scholarships. In this roundtable, the Writing Across the Curriculum team in collaboration with Cary Karacas, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Global Affairs, will provide a hands-on workshop for faculty members, administrators, and MA students, offering practical strategies that empower your students’ writing process.

Tuesday March 11, 2014 – 12:00-1:30 pm
Student Voices: A Roundtable Discussion on the WAC Study
The Writing across the Curriculum team conducted a study in 2012-2013 titled “Students’ Success in their College Writing at the College of Staten Island.” In this roundtable, we will be presenting our findings from the study, offering both analysis and recommendations based on the results, and discussing useful pedagogical strategies to encourage learning through writing.

Tuesday March 18, 2014 – 12:00-1:30 pm
From Images and Numbers to Words: WAC & Writing in the Disciplines
This workshop will focus on research-based strategies for incorporating writing in mathematics and art history classrooms as a way to talk about how to bring WAC pedagogy into any course in which students grapple with non-text based materials.

Tuesday March 25, 2014 – 12:00-1:30 pm
Academic Writing for English as a Second Language Students
Despite the large presence of the English as Second Language (ESL) students in CUNY, there is little research on the challenges ESL students have with academic writing and how faculty members should help them succeed in class. This workshop aims to give CSI faculty members a fuller understanding of ESL students’ major obstacles in academic writing and how to create more effective writing assignments.

Tuesday April 8, 2014 – 12:00-1:00 PM
Writing Practices and Obstacles: A Conversation on WAC and Contingent Labor
The CSI WAC program is conducting a study on the challenges, motivations, and experiences that contingent faculty at CUNY have in regards to writing-focused assignments in the courses they teach. This workshop will address a series of questions within or inspired by the study.

All events located at:
Faculty Center for Professional Development Building 1L Room 203

Writing Good Qualitative Research Questions


Some great ideas from the folks as masscommtheory.com!

Originally posted on Mass Communication Theory:

Got a great handout a while back that I stumbled over today, hopefully it’s as helpful to you as it was to me. Here are the steps for writing good (mass communication of course) qualitative research questions:

Specify the research problem: the practical issue that leads to a need for your study.

Complete these sentences:

  • “The topic for this study will be…”
  • “This study needs to be conducted because…”

How to write a good qualitative purpose statement: a statement that provides the major objective or intent or roadmap to the study. Fulfill the following criteria:

  • Single sentence
  • Include the purpose of the study
  • Include the central phenomenon
  • Use qualitative words e.g. explore, understand, discover
  • Note the participants (if any)
  • State the research site

A good place to start: The purpose of this ______________ (narrative, phenomenological, grounded theory, ethnographic, case, etc.) study is (was? will be?) will be to ____________ (understand, describe…

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