Writing Portfolio | Department of English | Kent State University

Writing Portfolio

The Writing Portfolio is a directed study taken with a part- or full-time faculty member of your choosing. 

The Writing Portfolio is a compilation of a student's academic writing, given their major or minor concentration (e.g., literature analyses, professional essays, and/or creative writing). Students wishing to create and complete the Writing Portfolio will choose a faculty member who will direct their portfolio, helping the student decide which written pieces to include in their portfolio and what revisions and new work should be completed and included. Students will also need to choose another faculty member to be a portfolio reader who will provide additional feedback related to necessary revisions. To begin the process, follow these steps:

  1. Read the Writing Portfolio Guidelines for complete information. (Note that completed Writing Portfolios will be eligible for the Zurava Award, which is accompanied by a monetary prize and awarded at the English Department Banquet in the Spring.)  
  2. Refer to the Portfolio Requirements and Permission form on the last page of the above Writing Portfolio Guidelines pdf. 
  3. Choose a faculty member to serve as your Writing Portfolio Director.
  4. Choose a faculty member to serve as your Reader. (Please note: either your Director or Reader must be a member of the Department of English.)
  5. Contact both your chosen Director and Reader to be sure that they agree to serve in those roles. 
  6. Meet with your Director and Reader to obtain their signatures on the Portfolio Requirements and Permission form (again, found on the last page of the link in item 1).
  7. Visit Satterfield Hall 206 so that a member of the Writing Program can sign your Portfolio Requirements and Permission form (i.e., Coordinator).
  8. Once you have all three signatures, visit Satterfield Hall 113 to submit your form so that you may enroll in ENG 40099 - Writing Portfolio.

Please note that ENG 40099 is a two credit class. To be eligible to enroll, a student must have a minimum of Junior standing (60 hours of earned credit), a 3.00 G.P.A. in writing courses taken toward completion of the Minor, and approval from the Writing Program or Regional Campus Coordinator. Students typically take their portfolio credits during their senior year, but may enroll earlier.