Thursday, November 1, 2012

Solstice MFA new Pedagogy Track

I’ve just received details regarding the new Pedagogy Track available in the Solstice MFA program at Pine Manor College. Have a look at the details below and if you have any questions, visit the program website

Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program
of Pine Manor College


Students interested in teaching at the college level post-graduation can opt for the Solstice MFA Program’s newly revised Applied Track in Pedagogy. Those who wish to undertake this applied track will commit to a related internship in semester three and—over the course of the two-year program—participate in four class units that address the essentials of classroom practice.

These units—scheduled as two-hour CC&T courses—will be structured around college composition, as teaching this course is the position most likely to be offered to MFA graduates by colleges and universities. The units will be offered on a rotating basis, one per residency; they may be taken in any order. 


1. Pedagogy

Unit Topic: Current approaches to teaching composition.
Follow up readings: Philosophy and research that underlie approaches.

2. Course Design

Unit topic: Planning instruction
Follow up readings: Development of objectives; course design

3. Assessment

Unit topic: Assessment and grading
Follow up readings: Why do you need to assess student work? Which methods are effective in the college composition classroom? How do you mitigate subjectivity in the grading process?

4. Classroom Management

Unit topic: Issues in management of the college composition classroom
Follow up reading: Working with nontraditional students and adult learners, negotiating a mix of learning styles and abilities in the classroom; power dynamics in the college composition classroom.

For more info, visit the program website

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