Writing-Integrated Teaching (WIT)

Writing-Integrated Teaching (WIT) is an award-winning Arts & Science program that helps instructors and academic units embed discipline-specific writing instruction into undergraduate courses and programs. WIT facilitates:

  • Development of writing goals for students at both the course and undergraduate-program level.
  • Creation of assignments that support student writing development.
  • Discussion on how to incorporate writing-to-learn (low-stakes writing) into courses.
  • Mentorship and training for course TAs that contribute to teaching of undergraduate writing.

Funding Support

WIT funding can support the hiring and employment of a Lead Writing TA (LWTA). WIT can also fund hours for other course TAs to support students’ writing through providing feedback on writing assignments, as well as integrating writing instruction into labs, tutorials and office hours.

To learn more about the WIT program and discuss ways to include writing instruction into course(s) and/or academic programs, or to applying for funding, contact Dr. Andrea L. Williams, (al.williams@utoronto.ca), Associate Professor, Teaching Stream and WIT Director.

Writers on Writing

From senior scholars to students, Writers on Writing shines a spotlight on Arts & Science community members who write about a dizzying array of topics and issues — from the politics of breastfeeding (Courtney Jung) to the probabilities of luck (Jeff Rosenthal), in a variety of genres  — from graphic novels to traditional scholarly monographs. The series offers lively and inspiring conversations about writing with a different guest writer each month.

Join Professor Andrea Williams as she interviews a guest about their writing and publishing practices — with topics ranging from how their writing practice has changed during the pandemic to how the writing and publishing processes differ for scholarly and popular publications. Guest writers will also answer questions from the audience.

Alumni, faculty, staff and students are all welcome to attend the series, which takes place on the last Friday of the month January– May and September–November, 3–4:15 pm. Register for these free events and you’ll be emailed a Zoom link before each event.

Courtney Jung is a professor in the Department of Political Science in the Faculty of Arts & Science and the George Ignatieff Chair in Peace and Conflict Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy. She received a PhD from Yale University, and taught for a decade at The New School for Social Research before moving to the University of Toronto in 2008. She has written three books, including Then I Was Black: South African Political Identities in Transition (Yale University Press, 2000), The Moral Force of Indigenous Politics: Critical Liberalism and the Zapatistas (Cambridge University Press, 2008), and Lactivism: How Feminists and Fundamentalists, Hippies and Yuppies, and Physicians and Politicians made Breastfeeding Big Business and Bad Policy (Basic Books, 2015).

Jeffrey Rosenthal is a professor of statistics in the Faculty of Arts & Science. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and of the Royal Society of Canada. Rosenthal's Struck by Lightning: The Curious World of Probabilities, written for the general public, was published in 16 editions and 10 languages, and was a bestseller in Canada, leading to numerous media and public appearances, and his work exposing the Ontario lottery retailer scandal. It was followed by a second book for the general public, Knock On Wood: Luck, Chance, and the Meaning of Everything

Nhung Tuyet Tran is the former director of the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies and associate professor of history. Trained in Chinese legal history at the University of Pennsylvania and Southeast Asian social history at UCLA, Tran’s intellectual interests lie at the intersection of gender, law and religion in early modern Vietnam.
She is the author of Familial Properties: Gender, State & Society in Early Modern Vietnam, 1460-1783 (Hawai’i, 2018), the first full-length study of Vietnamese women’s history in any language; Vietnam: Borderless Histories (Wisconsin 2006, co-edited with Tony Reid); and a forthcoming monograph, Catholic Identity, Religious Sensibilities, and Vernacular Writing in Early Modern Vietnam (1615-1783). 

Writer, critic, scholar and academic administrator (Vice-Dean, Undergraduate, Faculty of Arts & Science), Randy Boyagoda is the author of three novels, a SSHRC-supported critical biography, and a scholarly monograph. His fiction has been nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize (2006) and IMPAC Dublin Literary Prize (2012), and named a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice Selection (2012). He contributes essays, reviews and opinions to publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, First Things, Commonweal, Harper’s, Financial Times (UK), Guardian, New Statesman, Globe and Mail and National Post, in addition to appearing frequently on CBC Radio. He served as President of PEN Canada from 2015–2017. His third novel, Original Prin, was published in 2018.

Kassandra Luciuk is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at the University of Toronto. She is the author of a graphic novel, Enemy Alien: A True Story of Life Behind Barbed Wire, which examines the history of internment in Canada during the First World War.