The bylaws and the strategic plan are the primary governing documents for the Department of Writing and Rhetoric. Both were developed with input from all faculty (graduate instructor, adjunct, and full-time).
|Bylaws||The Bylaws are designed to meet the special needs and concerns of the faculty of the DWR, to facilitate communication within the Department and between the Department and other University agencies and personnel, and to enable and regulate the orderly participation of the members of the Department in meeting its responsibility for curriculum and other matters properly within the purview of the Department||09/2018|
|Strategic Plan (2018-2022)||In Fall 2017, an internal task force was formed in the DWR to study the department, collect information from faculty and staff, and develop a strategic plan for the next five years. This strategic plan is the result. Read more about the Strategic Planning process.||08/2018|
The DWR Teaching Policy directory contains all policies related to teaching Writing and Speech classes at the University of Mississippi. Some of these policies include passages that should be included verbatim in each syllabus; in other instances there are suggestions for how teachers should address particular issues. In every case, these policies are supported by the Chair, Assistant Chair, and the Core Faculty, who are available to handle questions and provide further interpretations.
The purpose of these policies and procedures is to improve the teaching and learning of writing and speech, and in the event of any ambiguity, decisions should be made in light of this common goal.
|Assessment||All writing faculty should submit student work for program assessment.||08/2016|
|Attendance Policy for First-Year Writing||Attendance policy and syllabus statement for first-year writing courses.||05/2019|
|Class Cancelation||Class cancelation procedure for all DWR courses.||09/2018|
|Disabilities||Syllabus statement for students with disabilities and SDS office resources.||09/2018|
|Document Library||Describes the purpose of the DWR document library.||09/2018|
|FERPA||Outlines the FERPA policy and how it applies to DWR courses.||09/2018|
|Grades||DWR grading scale and procedures for midterm grades, incompletes, and grade appeals.||09/2018|
|Instructor Promotion Policy||Promotion policy and procedures for non-tenure-track faculty.||09/2013|
|Observations||Rationale and procedure for required teaching observations.||08/2018|
|Office Hours||Defines the required office hour ratio for DWR classes.||09/2018|
|Open Door Policy||Outlines the DWR Open Door Policy.||01/2019|
|Permission to Use Student Work||Defines when a release form is required for using student work.||09/2018|
|Persons of Concern||Outlines the DWR policy on reporting persons of concern.||09/2018|
|Plagiarism||DWR plagiarism and academic honesty policy and syllabus language.||09/2018|
|Religious Holidays||Defines DWR position on religious holidays and class attendance.||09/2018|
|Syllabi||Describes procedure for submitting syllabus documents and provides required syllabus section language.||09/2018|
|Teaching Development||Reviews teaching development resources and requirements for DWR teachers.||09/2018|
|Tenure-Track Promotion Policy||Promotion policy and procedures for tenure-track faculty.||04/2018|