Academic Writing Faculty Lead NYU Week-Long Conference

  • Participants Zoomed into the virtual workshop in early June, led by MMC faculty Diana Epelbaum, Ph.D., and Tahneer Oksman, Ph.D.
MMC faculty members Diana Epelbaum, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Director of Academic Writing, and Tahneer Oksman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Academic Writing, hosted a seven-day program through New York University’s Faculty Resource Network program.

Epelbaum and Oksman’s course, “Writing and Research Across the Curriculum in the Age of Disinformation,” brought together faculty from around the world and included rigorous workshops designed for undergraduate instructors teaching in all disciplines. 

“When the calls went out for proposals for courses to teach in the FRN program, Diana and I discussed co-teaching a session for teaching writing across the curriculum,” explained Oksman, who joined Marymount Manhattan in 2013. “Because both of us have directed the Academic Writing program at MMC, we’ve spent years amassing a variety of strategies for integrating writing into the classroom.” Throughout the week, Epelbaum and Oksman worked with twelve instructors, discussing information literacy and research pedagogies, particularly strategies for instructors on how to help students identify credible sources online—an increasingly urgent issue, she adds.

According to Epelbaum, the program’s participants weren’t the only in attendance to leave with new knowledge. The group of scholars brought their own resources and expertise in a range of disciplines to the “communal space,” which both instructors look forward to incorporating into their own classes at MMC. “Our week leading the FRN workshop was a truly wonderful, generative experience,” says Epelbaum. “A special moment for me was when a seminar participant shared that in addition to classroom application, this was the best writing instruction she had personally ever received.”

Congratulations to both Diana and Tahneer for this successful event!