Art of Writing 2020 Summer Institute

The Daniel E. Koshland, Jr. Graduate Student Fellowship in the Art of Teaching Writing provides graduate students teaching Reading & Composition courses the opportunity to improve existing and develop new pedagogical skills and practices. Twelve students each receive a $2000 stipend to participate in a seminar led by Joseph Harris, a leading scholar in compositional studies.


The Daniel E. Koshland, Jr. Graduate Student Fellowship began with a week-long intensive seminar, The Art of Teaching Writing. The seminar was held remotely from May 26–June 5, 2020. In the mornings, students learned about best practices for designing writing courses and working with student writers. In the afternoons, students joined in conversations with distinguished scholars in writing studies on such topics as digitally mediated instruction and socially just assessment and evaluation. At the end of the week, students complete a detailed draft of the materials for their R&C courses.


During Fall 2020, fellows continue the conversation through monthly meetings and social media. In December, students attend a final seminar with Joseph Harris to discuss their teaching experiences and reflect on ways to improve teaching writing on the Berkeley campus.


2020 Fellows with Professor Joseph Harris at the conclusion of this year's Summer Institute.


2020 Fellows with Professor Joseph Harris at the conclusion of this year’s Summer Institute.

Faculty & Speakers


The 2020 Seminar on the Art of Teaching Writing will be led by Professor Joseph Harris, who directs the Composition Program at the University of Delaware. Harris has written or edited four books on teaching writing, including Rewriting: How to Do Things with Texts, and A Teaching Subject: Composition Since 1966. He has also edited CCC, the leading journal in writing studies, and the Studies in Writing and Rhetoric book series. Before coming to Delaware, he directed the writing programs at the University of Pittsburgh and Duke University.


Mya Poe, Associate Professor of English, Northeastern University


Shelley Rodrigo, Associate Director of the Writing Program, Online Writing, and Associate Writing Specialist, University of Arizona


2020 Daniel E. Koshland, Jr. Art of Writing Fellows


Dinah Lensing-Sharp, Comparative Literature

Lida Zeitlin Wu, Film & Media

Pê Feijo, Rhetoric

Elisa Russian, Italian

David Lau, Rhetoric

Lisa Sang-Mi Min, Anthropology

John Mundell, African American & African Diaspora Studies

Katie Bondy, English

Anna Zaret, Legal Studies

Michelle Ripplinger, English

Patrick Lyons, French

Dominick Lawton, Slavic Languages & Literatures