Writing is not only telling of words but also showing of high analytical thinking. Writing involves data organization, logic analysis and idea development; thus, it requires exercising critical thinking—an integral component in higher education, as well as a fundamental skill modern people should possess. In the realm of academia, writing also plays an important role because it serves as a medium whereby researchers publish studies, communicate ideas, and reach consensus with fellow researchers. To increase the likelihood of having research published in national and international journals, scholars in all fields, therefore, must possess good writing skills to present their research clearly and coherently.
Recognizing the important role that academic writing plays in higher education, the Dean of Academic Affairs assembled a preparation committee on writing education presided over by Professor I-Wen Su. Professor Su, along with other professors from a variety of departments, oversaw the creation of a functional writing center where to develop an academic writing curriculum across all disciplines. On April 7th, 2008, the Academic Writing Education Center was established.
Guidelines for the Establishment of the Academic Writing Education Center (amended by the 2904th Administrative Meeting on May 10, 2016）
(1) National Taiwan University (NTU hereafter) established the Academic Writing Education Center (AWEC hereafter), a functional writing center where to develop an academic writing curriculum across all disciplines, in order to raise the academic writing and critical thinking skills of all NTU students.
1) To design and offer Chinese and English academic writing courses
2) To create teaching materials for Chinese and English academic writing
3) To develop assessment methods for Chinese and English writing
4) To host talks, short-term courses and workshops on writing education
5) To provide writing-related services
6) To support and coordinate the teaching of Chinese and English writing courses and the organization of writing-related events across all disciplines at NTU
(3) AWEC is headed by one director responsible for all center operations. AWEC Director is chosen among NTU professors with expertise on writing and recommended by the Director of the Center for General Education to the President, who then appoints him or her on the basis of his or her original agreement of employment. AWEC Director serves for a three-year term with the possibility of renewals.
(4) AWEC is overseen by an advisory committee (the Committee hereafter) that provides guidance and recommendation on AWEC affairs. The Committee consists of eight to fifteen members. The Director of the Center for General Education is an ex officio member; other members are chosen among NTU professors across all disciplines and recommend by AWEC Director to the President, who then appoints them on the basis of their original agreements of employment. The Committee members serve for a two-year term with the possibility of renewals. The Committee, presided over by the Director of the Center for Genera Education, convenes at least once a year.
(5) AWEC can have one vice director and several division directors to meet expanding business demand and assist the Director in promoting and executing AWEC affairs. AWEC Vice Director and Division Directors are chosen among NTU instructors and research fellows with expertise on writing and recommended by AWEC Director to the President, who then appoints them on the basis of their original agreements of employment. AWEC Vice Director and Division Directors serve for a three-year term with the possibility of renewals.
(6) According to NTU Guidelines for the Endowment-Funded Recruitment of Instructors and Researchers, AWEC, to fulfill the need of teaching and developing teaching materials, can recruit professionals with expertise on writing as project researchers from within or outside the University to conduct research on teaching materials, pedagogy, and assessments of course effectiveness. AWEC can also recruit project instructors to teach writing courses. Both project researchers and instructors serve for a one-year term with the possibility of renewals.
(7) AWEC holds at least two regular meetings every semester. AWEC Director, Vice Director and Division Directors should attend the meetings to discuss AWEC affairs.
(8) If AWEC holds fee-paying events or writing services, the fee-charging standard will be set forth specifically.
(9) The Guidelines were put into effect as of the date of the enactment after the approval by NTU Administrative Meeting.