For Faculty Mentors
The Naylor Workshop gives undergraduate researchers in the field of Writing Studies the opportunity to better understand the questions our discipline examines, to learn some of the methodologies we use to examine those questions systematically, to gain control of terminology associated with our work, and to find pathways to access previous work by scholars in our discipline. In addition, but equally important, the workshop introduces students to some of the ethical guidelines we have for both our research and our work as literacy advocates.
Part of what we do is introduce students to ways to collect and analyze empirical data—something that does not come naturally to many students in the humanities. We help students to see the value in both qualitative and quantitative studies, why one would choose one over the other, and how both can help lead us to reliable, valid, and replicable information—how to go beyond just lore or narratives about our work. That is not to say that we do not value theory-based or intuitive ways of looking at our work; it simply means that empirical research need not be at odds with those humanistic impulses.
So how can mentors help to prepare students for this intensive workshop?
INTERESTED IN A MENTORING ROLE? Read informatiion below, then fIll out the mentor interest survey:
Mostly, do what you always do: encourage students to inquire, to focus their questions, and to look for good ways to investigate that question, both through secondary and primary research as they prepare their application.
You can also help them to look beyond the obvious and received knowledge to see their question with fresh eyes.
And to the degree you’re comfortable, you can start to give them a menu of methods from which they might choose.
You can also encourage them to seek feedback on their application, from you and other faculty, but also from peers.
But most of all, you can help them to believe that their work as undergraduate researchers matters and can bring value to our shared work. We believe, as you do, that “undergraduate” is just a designation about their current educational status. They can do real research, research that has impact on their own work and the work of others. If they don’t believe that, have them look at some of the stunning work done by authors in Young Scholars in Writing or attend a conference at which undergraduate researchers present.
And finally, you can consider attending the Naylor Workshop yourself. We are often able to provide housing, meals, and travel funds for mentors to attend the workshop, in exchange for your willingness to add to the mentoring experience of our students. Just have a look at the list of generous scholars who have given their time in past years (2014 and 2015) on our website, and you’ll better understand what a wonderful experience this can be for both students and mentors.
So if you’re considering attendance, please do contact Dominic DelliCarpini at Naylorworkshop@ycp.edu. I’d be happy to provide more details and discuss the possibility with you.
You and your students can find the 2017 CALL FOR PROPOSALS HERE:
The 2017 Application for Participants HERE: