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WAC LIASONS - Special Events


WAC LIAISONS hosts special guest speakers during the Spring semester each year. Attending a session can help you earn the WAC Certificate offered by this program though all are welcome to attend.

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Upcoming Events

Spring 2024 Guest Speaker - Faculty AI Playgroups on Zoom

Generative AI isn't going away. We need strategies for helping students use it ethically and effectively while still learning our course content.


Curious about how CSUF alumni are using AI in their workplaces? Join us where you'll hear first-hand how Titans are engaging critically with AI at work. An alumnus will speak for 20-30 minutes and take questions afterward. Light refreshments will be served.

Past Events and Materials

Information regarding events hosted by WAC LIAISONS in prior semesters is available here. Any materials made available by the speaker are also available below.

Chris Thaiss, Ph.D. - Professor Emeritus of Writing and Rhetoric, UC Davis

Learning to Write and Writing to Learn in STEM

Spring 2023

Dr. Thaiss described strategies for:

  • improving students’ reading of scientific articles
  • making peer review an essential part of students’ writing process
  • helping STEM students learn to write for specialist readers and for more popular audiences

Chris Thaiss is Professor Emeritus of Writing and Rhetoric at the University of California, Davis, where he directed the cross-disciplinary University Writing Program and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. He came to Davis from George Mason University (VA), where he founded the Writing Across the Curriculum Program, directed the Writing Center, and chaired the Department of English. From 2005 to 2015, he coordinated the International Network of Writing across the Curriculum Programs. From 2016 to 2022, he participated in sensory descriptive analysis panels in Davis’s Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science. His fourteen books include Writing Science in the Twenty-First Century (2019), A Short History of Writing Instruction: From Ancient Greece to the Modern United States (2020, with James Murphy), Engaged Writers and Dynamic Disciplines: Research on the Academic Writing Life (2006, with Terry Myers Zawacki), and Writing Programs Worldwide: Profiles of Academic Writing in Many Places (2012, lead editor). His work has appeared in College Composition and Communication, Across the Disciplines, The WAC Journal, and Cell Biology, Life Sciences Education. His teaching has included undergraduate courses in writing in science and business/technical writing, as well as graduate courses in the teaching of writing and writing program administration.

Alison Marzocchi, Ph.D. - Professor Mathematics, CSUF

Learning to Write and Writing to Learn in STEM

Spring 2023

Dr. Marzocchi shared inspiring ideas on how to:

  • highlight the benefits of writing in every classroom
  • share strategies for designing authentic writing opportunities for your students
  • present ideas for turning classroom writing into student publications

Alison Marzocchi is an Associate Professor of Mathematics who has mentored dozens of students in class-based publication opportunities. Her in-class writing assignments focus on authentic writing opportunities in a variety of genres and venues. Authentic writing assignments can help motivate students in your courses and increase their sense of belonging in your field.

Nicole Gonzales Howell, Ph.D.

Identity, Writing, and Teaching for Social Justice: Connecting Values to Practice

Spring 2022

Dr. Gonzales Howell talked about and videos are available on:

  • Why Justice and Equity in Teaching Matter
  • Designing Student Learning Outcomes for Equity
  • Grading for Student Learning & Justice

To access the videos, enroll in Lingistic Justice & Disciplinary Writing,

Dan Melzer, Ph.D. (twice, UC Davis's Associate Director of First-Year Composition)

Collaborative Writing in Digital Settings Workshop

Spring 2022

Videos related to Dr. Melzer's workshop are available when you enroll in the  Collaborative Writing in Digital Settings Workshop.

Contact: Dr. Leslie Bruce, Faculty Fellow
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm
Location: GH 435
Phone: 657-278-3155

WAC LIAISONS is located in Gordon Hall (formerly University Hall), Room 435.

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