At the CTRW, we harness the intellectual and research power of the center’s core programs and open up the programs as research sites to other researchers and teachers on the UW-Madison campus with an interest in writing and writing pedagogy. The center serves as a research home base to faculty, instructional staff, and graduate students who wish to affiliate with the center and/or conduct research using the intellectual resources found in its constituent units.
The kinds of research projects that could be pursued under the auspices of the center include everything from work on multilingualism and linguistic justice, to the difficulties of establishing scientific literacy in a disinformation age, to the writing practices of non-traditional age students and writers, and more. We support writing researchers and research teams who want to connect with teachers, students, institutions, and communities across a spectrum of research interests, focus areas, and topics, across grade levels (K-12, college/university) and writing disciplines/practices.
The CTRW also serves as a teaching and research resource and support center for other programs on the UW-Madison campus whose mission is the teaching of writing, including the departments of Communication Arts and Life Sciences Communications, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Language Institute, and the Engineering Communication Program and the Business Communication, both of which teach Communication-B courses and offer their instructional faculty with professional development.