FSEM Info & Announcements: 8/9 & 8/17


Dear FSEM Faculty,

As the new academic year approaches, I hope that this email finds you healthy and looking forward to your FSEM courses. 

I’m writing to ask for your help in making the Writing Center and its resources and offerings visible to your FSEM students by sharing information on your course management site or syllabus and by integrating us into your courses

As many of you know, the Writing Center is for everyone: it is a learning and support site for students, staff, and faculty, offering in-person and online writing consultations, peer reviews, drop-in hours, and resources that help individual writers and groups to navigate the complexities of writing in college and in life. All writers—more and less experienced, more and less confident—can benefit from talking through their work with a peer consultant, learning new strategies and habits, identifying and using resources, and making informed choices about their language and literacy practices. 

The document linked here includes several important kinds of information for you:

  • A syllabus statement you can add to your course management site or adapt for your syllabus. 
  • Options for integrating the Writing Center into your courses: class visits, studio hours, peer reviews, and more.
  • Language for incentivizing your students to visit the Writing Center. 

I hope that you will encourage your students to make an appointment at the Writing Center and/or that you request a class visit, peer review, or other support. I also ask that you let us know if you plan to require or incentivize a whole class to visit us. Required visits work better when the consultants have some context, so please get in touch in advance!

You can click here to be taken directly to our support request form or write to me at juli.parrish@du.edu or Assistant Director Prof. Megan Kelly at megan.j.kelly@du.edu to discuss options.

We look forward to hearing from you!


Juli Parrish

Juli Parrish, PhD

Director, University Writing Center

Teaching Professor, University Writing Program

University of Denver

Co-Editor, Literacy in Composition Studies

President, Rocky Mountain Writing Centers Association


Hello FSEM Faculty-

We are getting closer to the start of the quarter. Destinations tickets are being bought as we speak (thank you Grace) and I am sending times out to those of you staying on campus for activities.

As always, I reached out to our friends in DSP to see if any students have put in for a mobility accommodation request that we needed to know about.  Our new Director of DSP Dr. Catherine Wharton (Welcome) said she has not received any requests but did ask if I could share some language with you that should be in your syllabus and/or Canvas into the page.  Please see the blurb below:

At the University of Denver, we take accessibility very seriously. For our FSEM Discoveries Trip, I have planned <insert description>. If you believe you may have difficulty with access because you use a wheelchair or have other mobility needs, please contact the Disability Services Program as soon as possible so they can assist you in planning and accommodating your access.

Also, remember:

Required FSEM Professional Development- Paid $150 for attendance at each session

FSEM training- Wednesday, August 31st. 9-1pm Sie Complex (lunch provided) 

Advising Training- Thursday, Sept 1st. 9-12pm Sie Complex (snacks provided)

Register here: https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ebQuHooLwtpCjYi

Monica Kosanovich, PhD

Associate Director, Academic Programs


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