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Broadening Participation in the Assessment of Student Communication Skills

Workshop by Joan Hawthorne, Associate Provost for Assessment and Achievement, University of North Dakota

Friday, March 25, 2011
8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Sky Room, Holmes Student Center


Dr. Joan Hawthorne
Joan Hawthorne

This workshop is for those from across campus who have an interest in helping students achieve the learning outcomes related to communication which have been affirmed in the baccalaureate review. We will address topics including faculty participation in both the teaching and assessment of writing, building shared ownership of the communication goal, and investing students in the development of communication competencies. Participants will leave this workshop with ideas for involving cross-disciplinary faculty in teaching and assessment of writing, engaging students in assessment (and in their own learning), and strengthening the campus-wide commitment to teaching, learning, and assessment of written communication.

Dr. Joan Hawthorne, currently serving as Director of Assessment and Accreditation at the University of North Dakota, has almost 25 years of experience in higher education. Her previous responsibilities have included directing the University Writing Center, initiating and directing a faculty-development-based Writing Across the Curriculum program, serving as assistant provost, and teaching. Graduate courses taught Assessment in Higher Education and Foundations of Education, and undergraduate teaching has been in areas such as writing, teaching methods, and honors. She has led many workshops on pedagogy, especially related to writing, and her most recent presentations and publications have focused on assessment and general education. Current research projects examine faculty perceptions of undergraduate learning and faculty as “university citizens.” Her undergraduate study was at South Dakota State University, and her graduate degrees are from the University of Colorado-Boulder and the University of North Dakota.

Tentative Workshop Outline:

Session (8:30 am - 12:00 pm)
8:30 am
Check-in and Refreshments
9:00 am
Introduction and Overview
9:15 am
Assessment purposes and participation
10:30 am
10:45 am
Sharing ownership:
  • Engaging faculty
  • Building partnerships
  • Student contributions
12:00 pm
Conclusion and workshop evaluations

Registration Information:

The workshop is open to NIU administrators, faculty and staff. Registered participants will receive workshop materials, refreshments, and a certificate of participation. If you do not wish to receive a certificate, please inform the Center when registering for the workshop. Advance registration is required.

Sponsored by Assessment Services and Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center

Please fill out the form below to register for this workshop. Due to the expensive nature of the program and the advance notice needed for arranging food and materials, please register by the deadline and plan to attend the entire workshop.

Registration Deadline: March 18, 2011. After you register, if you are unable to attend, please inform the Center by March 21, 2011 by emailing so those on the waiting list could be given the opportunity to attend the workshop, or program costs could be reduced.

Please complete the form below to register.

Faculty/Staff Registration Form:

Registration has been closed.

Last Updated: 06/07/2014