University of Iowa News Release
Nov. 14, 2005
UI Provost Appoints Writing University Task Force
University of Iowa Executive Vice President and Provost Michael J. Hogan has appointed a task force to study and recommend ways to build on the UI's longstanding reputation as the nation's premiere "writing university."
The task force, composed of faculty and staff from a wide range of UI writing programs, is co-chaired by Pat Cain, the vice provost, and by Christopher Merrill, director of the International Writing Program. The group will explore ways to create synergies among the many writing-focused units on campus.
"The University of Iowa is internationally recognized for its world-class writing programs," said Hogan. "I want to bring the strengths of those programs together in more creative ways. This is the way to solidify our leadership in this area, and do an even better job of bringing the value of our writing programs to the whole University community and beyond."
The task force will consider a variety of potential strategies, including physically grouping the writing programs closer together on campus. They will also discuss ways to advance the Virtual Writing University Archive, a joint project by the UI's writing programs and the School of Library and Information Science to create a digital repository of recorded programs such as readings sponsored by the Writers' Workshop and the International Writing Program. The Virtual Writing University Archive can be found online at http://iwp.info-science.uiowa.edu/cgi-bin/library.
The task force will propose five- and 10-year strategic plans for bringing the UI's writing programs together, implementing collaborative projects, and extending the programs' strengths to a wider audience on and off campus. The group is expected to complete its work in spring 2006.
STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.