Like a unicorn, Alyson is a rare find in WAC. In addition to being the WAC Director at a two-year school since 2011, a Founding Member of AWAC, a Writing Center consultant, and an IWAC 2020 Advisory Board member, she is also a Philosophy teacher! This interdisciplinary perspective fuels her passion for writing-centric teaching and research-based pedagogical improvements across disciplines and programs, as demonstrated in her presentations such as: Active Learning Communities, Crafting Writing Assignments for Philosophy Students, Holistic Assessments and Point-Less Grading, Teaching and Thinking Across the Curriculum, and Engaging with Text.
At Front Range Community College, Alyson currently provides support for any teachers (adjunct, faculty, general education, career and technical education (CTE), online, residential) looking to use writing in their classes, as well as mentorship and training for in-coming WAC directors across three campuses.
As a consultant, she offers experience advocating for WAC to Deans and administrators (i.e., presentations, Annual Reports, etc.); developing, designing, and revamping WAC program pedagogy; working with Writing Center Directors (i.e., understanding the unique relationship/dynamic, WAC alumni as consultants, etc.); and working with faculty outside of the English department to incorporate writing in those areas. In short, she offers nearly a decade of experience in creating, refreshing, and implementing WAC program materials that are accessible to diverse faculty groups, promoting WAC at a two-year college, and training/mentoring new WAC directors.
Areas of Specialization: WAC program development in two-year college settings, WAC pedagogy, WAC program design, WAC program administration and sustainability, WAC director mentorship and training, Writing Center consultant training, WAC/Writing Center communication and collaboration, interdisciplinary Learning Communities, faculty professional development (notably, using writing in non-English disciplines and CTE programs), WAC in technical/trade fields, writing to learn, online and traditional classroom teaching, writing to engage, innovating teaching methods and assessment (i.e., active learning, learner-centered teaching, teaching with technology, holistic assessment, etc.)