What TRAC Fellows Do
TRAC Fellows serve as peer writing tutors who read and respond with written feedback to drafts of student work-in-progress, hold individual and small-group draft conferences, and act as resources for students conducting research and using instructional technologies. Each fellow works with no more than 15-20 students. Large classes therefore require more than one fellow. Fellows do not grade student papers, nor do they play any other role in determining grades. Fellows consult with faculty on the use of new instructional technologies, assignment design, and effective use of write-to-learn activities.
Brief History of the Program
The TRAC Writing Fellows Program was launched in the fall of 2008 as a new initiative of Library and Technology Services to advance writing and communication instruction in courses across the curriculum at Lehigh. In the first semester of the 2008-09 pilot year, 15 TRAC Writing Fellows worked with 10 members of the faculty from across all three undergraduate colleges. The successful pilot program paved the way for substantial growth in just a few years. As of the fall 2017 semester, the program boasts a roster of 77 TRAC Writing Fellows serving approximately 1,200 students in courses across the disciplines in all three undergraduate colleges. Since its inception, the program has served over 120 faculty and instructors, and approximately 9,000 students.