How to Become a Cadet Writing Fellow

 

 

Any Cadet who is an exceptional communicator and who may pursue graduate study down the line, in any field, should consider the Writing Fellows Program. The Program is highly-selective: invitations to join are usually extended to around thirty Cadet applicants per year. Cadets must be in their Yearling or Cow years when they officially enter the Program (most apply as plebes and yearlings). All applicants should demonstrate superior promise as writers and communicators, including high performance (usually grades in the A-range) in multiple writing-intensive courses.

Once admitted to the Program, Cadet Writing Fellows (CWFs) take a two-course sequence in writing process and pedagogy. All CWFs engage in structured individual mentorships with experienced faculty members and regularly lead one-on-one peer consultations (and eventually group workshops) at the Mounger Writing Center. They also develop their own abilities as writers through high-level undergraduate research; Senior Writing Fellows often receive support for attendance at academic conferences and other forms of professional development, including the pursuit of publication.

Applications are solicited from qualified Cadets in the spring of every academic year. However, Cadets may also apply on a rolling basis but priority to join the Program in the upcoming academic year is accorded to applications received before 19 March.

To apply, Cadets should email the Program Manager with the following:

  1. Your Class Year & Academic Major(s). 
  2. The semester you’d like to enroll in XH303, and thereby join the Program (Note: XH303 is a 3.0 CH course usually offered during E1 and F1, though it only meets for twenty lessons over the entire semester). 
  3. The name of a USMA faculty reference (someone familiar with your writing and communication skills).
  4. A paragraph or two that explains why you're interested as well as any relevant experience.
  5. Two unrevised writing samples (attached) that you submitted for different writing-intensive core courses.

How to Become a Faculty Mentor in the Writing Fellows Program

Any member of the USMA faculty who has completed at least one year of teaching at West Point and is teaching a course that has a significant writing component is eligible to become a "Faculty Mentor" in the Writing Fellows Program. Faculty Mentors are paired with one new Cadet Writing Fellow enrolled in the Program's gateway seminar (XH303) for one semester. Mentorship usually entails about four hours of additional work over the whole term, and it is essential to broadening the development of Cadet Writing Fellows!

Further guidelines for the mentorship are spelled out in detail in the PDF below. We seek enthusiastic, qualified mentors at every level of the USMA faculty and from any department. If you're interested in becoming a Faculty Mentor, please email Wynn Klosky.