The Program in Writing and Critical Inquiry

We are a diverse community of teachers and scholars who offer UAlbany's first-year students a rigorous introduction to the work of writing and thinking in college.

Our 25 full-time faculty members are experts in helping students to become effective, lifelong learners by connecting writing practices to the process of critical thinking.

Our first-year writing seminar, Writing and Critical Inquiry (UUNI 110), is a dynamic learning environment where students benefit from small classes and one-on-one interactions with their instructor. Writing and Critical Inquiry is a required course for all incoming first-year students and fulfills the general education requirement for writing and critical inquiry. If you're a student who will be taking WCI, click here!

Are you interested in submitting an essay for the Fall, 2017 WCI Essay Contest? Click on the flyer for moreinformation about deadlines and procedures for submitting.


Announcing the winners, finalists, and honorable mentions for the Spring, 2017 WCI 

Writing Contest. 

Join us for the Spring, 2017 WCI Writing Contest Celebration. 
Please click on the flyer for more information.
We're asking that you RSVP to Kim Nava ( by April 26th.

New edition of Robert Yagelski's textbook published as of November: Writing: Ten Core Concepts, 2nd ed. Boston: Cengage, 2018.

Robert Yagelski took part in conducting workshop on plagiarism and delivered paper on "writing as a means to well-being" at CCCCs conference in March, 2017.

“Cultivating Strategic Action in Teaching Against Plagiarism: Using Plagiarism as Educational Opportunity.” With Gerald Nelms, Carole Papper, Valerie Jacobs, and Scott Leonard. Workshop conducted at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Portland, OR; March 18, 2017.

“Writing About More Than Writing: Teaching Academic Writing as a Means to Well-Being.” Paper presented at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Portland, OR; March 16, 2017.

This summer Rae Muhlstock will be a keynote speaker at the "Cyborg Humanities" symposium sponsored by the Classics and Ancient History Department at the University of Bristol, UK. She has been asked to speak and write about British author and artist Michael Ayrton's use of the Classical cyborg figure Talos, whom Ayrton hybridizes with another Classical figure, Perdix, in his novel The Maze Maker (Bantam Books 1965). Through this contemporary act of hybridity Ayrton raises questions not just about each figure as an individual and as an amalgam, but he raises questions, as well, about bringing disciplines like literature, narrative theory, and fine arts into our modern understandings of the Classics.

Titcha Ho will be presenting a paper titled, " "A- isn’t an Asian F”: Using Peer Review to Help L2 Students See Beyond the Test in the L2 Composition Classroom” at The 16th Symposium on Second Language Writing at the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand in July 2017.

Former WCI student Mumen Bishawi gives his speech at the Fall, 2016 Emerging Leaders Celebration.