photo by Rebecca E.Burnett ©, 2008 Atlanta, GA

Our Mission

The mission of Georgia Tech`s Writing and Communication Program is to create a culture of communication across our extended campus. Our WOVEN approach to teaching and learning communication emphasizes creating and integrating ideas in multiple modes: Written, Oral, Visual, Electronic, and Nonverbal. We see communication as affecting the academic, professional, community, and personal lives of students, faculty, staff, and alumni, whether they are in classes or labs, offices or agencies, manufacturing or R&D facilities, hospitals, agribusinesses, or wilderness sites, across the US or around the world. Communication involves both individual and collaborative interaction, both face-to-face and distance interaction, and many kinds of media, both print and digital.

Program Elements

Fulfilling our mission means providing services related to all aspects of life at Georgia Tech.

  • Undergraduate communication core: The core includes English 1101 and English 1102, with both regular sections and discipline-specific sections for each college at Georgia Tech.

  • Undergraduate learning in communication: To facilitate communication in the disciplines and across the curriculum, we offer a WOVEN approach to
    (1) courses on technical communication, including LMC 3401,
    (2) additional communication courses in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication (LMC),
    (3) LMC courses linked with courses in other departments, and
    (4) communicating-to-learn strategies and activities embedded in disciplinary courses.

  • Graduate learning: CETL`s graduate communication courses are greatly sought after; the demand is greater than the resources available.

  • Professional development for faculty: We provide faculty with three kinds of support related to communication:
    (1) support to integrate communication into their curriculum/classes,
    (2) support to strengthen their communication as teachers, and
    (3) support to become better communicators in their own professional work. If you are interested in such faculty development, please contact Dr. Rebecca Burnett or Dr. Andrew Cooper.

  • Professional development for staff: We help Georgia Tech`s support and professional staff to achieve the standards of excellence necessary in their day-to-day contact with the student population, alumni, and the public. If you are interested in such staff development, please contact Dr. Rebecca Burnett or Dr. Andrew Cooper.

  • Alumni support: Alumni frequently have questions and want help with communication after graduation, and we welcome their inquiries. Plans for the Writing and Communication Center include significant resources for alumni.

Use the menu at the left side of your screen to learn more about the Writing and Communication Program`s facilities, the people who make the program work, the committee that oversees the program`s operations and development, and the program`s dedication to assessment that helps us gauge how well we are accomplishing our mission.