SAWP Invitational Summer Institute Generally concurrent with UA Summer Session I, around June 1 - July 2.

6-credit professional development for k-16 teachers

Applications for SAWP's six credit-hour summer invitational institute are being accepted for the coming year.

  • Intensive leadership training to enable participants to become expert teachers of teachers
  • Designed for applicants (teachers and administrators) with endorsement as outstanding professionals in their school or district
  • Teachers/Administrators write daily for both personal and professional purposes, participate in peer response groups, develop writing portfolios
  • Teachers/Administrators review writing process theory, writing across the curriculum theory, and explore in depth some aspect of writing (alternative assessments, teacher-researcher models, etc.)
  • Teachers/Administrators prepare and demonstrate research projects, inservice presentations for site and district level staff development
  • Graduates of the Invitational Institute become Teacher/Consultants (T/C's) and join the SAWP network of teachers eligible to lead staff development workshops across southern Arizona
Place: University of Arizona
Cost: Full tuition/fee waivers available for 6 credits are available from the University of Arizona for the teachers selected to attend the Institute
Number of participants: 18                   
Graduate credit: 6 credits in English 597A or LRC 597A

How to Apply for the Invitational Summer Institute

Qualifications: 2 years teaching experience

  • Personal Statement describing your professional development goals, experiences in staff development, your philosophy of teaching writing, and how the writing project would contribute to your goals.
  • Resume (include name, address, phone, email address, teaching and education experiences and background).
  • Letter of Recommendation from writing project colleague, administrator, department head, or other educator qualified to comment on your teaching and professional work.

Email completed application to Dr. Stephanie Troutman, Director, Southern Arizona Writing Project:


Mail completed application: 

Southern Arizona Writing Project, Department of English 
The University of Arizona 
PO Box 210067 
Tucson, AZ 85721-0067


You will be contacted to participate in an interview. Successful candidates will attain admission to the Graduate College at the University of Arizona in order to register for English or LRC 597a.



2013 Summer Institute Teachers

Seated from left: Debra Webber, Kathryn Panas, Lindsay Sulik, Kathryn Chavez, Adrian Weaver. Standing from left: Kate Cusumano, Lucas Wildner, Ana Woolfolk, Teresa Driver, Christina McGee, Matt Sadowl, Nicolette Baker, Flory Simon, Stacia Reeves, Eric Telfer



See Photo Archive of Previous Summer Institute Teachers