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WIT honoured with UTAA's 2014 Northrop Frye Award

The U of T Alumni Association's Northrop Frye Award presented to both a faculty member and a department or division in recognition of distinguished achievements in linking teaching and research was awarded to the Faculty of Arts & Science's Writing Instruction for TAs (WIT) initiative. From its inception, WIT has involved a collective effort of administrators, faculty and especially TAs. Many thanks to all of you who have worked so hard in your department to develop WIT into the successful program it is today.

wit-frye.jpgNorthrop Frye Award (Divisional/Departmental Category): WIT (Writing Instruction for TAs)

Northrop Frye once said “Nobody is capable of free speech unless he knows how to use language, and such knowledge is not a gift; it has to be learned and worked at.” In helping students to learn and work at their writing, WIT (Writing Instruction for TAs) ultimately helps them achieve freedom of thought.

WIT originated in a series of writing initiatives between 2006 and 2008 to help Arts & Science students develop competency in communication. WIT promotes excellence in undergraduate writing instruction by supporting faculty and training and mentoring TAs across the disciplines to teach writing effectively. Launched officially in 2008 in five departments, 19 units across Arts & Science now participate. WIT trains more than 500 TAs and reaches 22,000 undergraduates in 78 courses each year.