University Writing Program

University Writing Program





2016-17 Symposium on Writing

Guest Lecturer: 
David E. Kirkland

Executive Director
NYU Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and The Transformation of Schools


David E. Kirkland is an activist and educator, cultural critic and author. Dr. Kirkland earned his PhD from Michigan State University and his JD from the University of Michigan. 


A Detroit native, his transdisciplinary scholarship explores intersections among race, gender, and literacy education. With many groundbreaking publications to his credit, he has analyzed the cultures, languages, and texts of urban youth, using critical literary, ethnographic, and sociolinguistic research methods to answer complex questions at the center of equity and social justice in education. 


Both events below are free to the public and located on or near the University of Washington Tacoma campus. For parking info:
Limited seating. Please RSVP for each at:


Public Lecture
Friday, Feb 3 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Carwein Auditorium - Key 102
The Truth That I Owe You: Teaching Literacy in the Light of #BlackLivesMatter


Faculty Workshop
Friday, Feb 3 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Jane Russell Commons – WPH
Language and Liberation 

Welcome to UW Tacoma’s University Writing Program (UWP) web site. Here, you will find our vision, mission, measures of success, and philosophy regarding teaching and learning literacy(ies), as well as other helpful programmatic materials regarding First-Year and Upper Division (W) writing courses. While the information and links here are valuable for all, some pages contain more useful information for students and others for teachers. We have tried to group these pages together for easier accessibility. 

The University Writing Program at UW Tacoma strives to create safe and brave spaces for all who need them, in our classrooms, offices, meeting rooms, and other places we commune, teach, and learn. The program is committed not just to a safer more inclusive learning environment, but a braver, more compassionate world. We encourage brave dialogues and actions around the social justice issues that touch all of us.


For students, there are pages designed to help navigate first-year placement options (DSP); explore course syllabi; view learning goals and outcomes for courses; obtain sample reading and writing materials; seek student help services; and remain up to date with UWP events.  

For teachers, there are informational pages on Directed Self Placement (DSP); First-Year and Upper Division (W) courses, goals, outcomes, and common course elements; workshops and symposiums; career development opportunities; sample teaching materials; university writing research; Writing Advisory Committee (WAC) minutes, meeting dates, and members; and upcoming UWP events. 

We invite you to spend some time on this site, exploring and better acquainting yourself with UW Tacoma’s University Writing Program. 

Looking for lectures, workshops, and other UWP-related events to particiate in? See our full calendar of events on our Events Page!