Dr. Anne-Marie Womack is an award-winning teacher, creator of AccessibleSyllabus.com, and coauthor of Inclusive College Classrooms.
At Rice University, Anne-Marie is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Engineering Communication Program.
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“I’m really grateful for the time Dr. Anne-Marie Womack spent with our faculty, especially following the “quick pivot” to remote teaching as a result of COVID-19. She led participants through a day of activities and reflections on how Universal Design can create more accessible and inclusive learning experiences for our students—as well as improve our own experiences as teachers. She was generous with her time and actively modelled the principles she taught. Her fun, hands-on approach and professional delivery made for a fantastic overall experience!”Dr. Christa Craven, Dean for Faculty Development, The College of Wooster
Past Teaching Workshops
- National Humanities Center, yearly, 2020-2022
- Miami University
- Southern University
- University of Florida
- Hollins University
- College of Wooster
- Louisiana State University
- University of Alabama
- Edmonds Community College
- Louisiana State University
- Curry College
- Tulane University
- Texas A&M University
Remaking the Syllabus
This website guides instructors through accessible syllabus strategies including multimodal content, document design, and inclusive rhetoric and policies.
Teaching is Accommodation
College Composition & Communication
This article theorizes teaching as accommodation and centers disabled students. The syllabus is reconsidered through a universal design lens.
- Accessibility Ally Award, Goldman Accessibility Center, Tulane (2021)
- Excellent Faculty Mentor Award, Undergraduate Student Government, Tulane (2019)
- Writing Program Teaching Award, Tulane (2014)
- Association of Former Students Teaching Award, Texas A&M (2011)
- Student Recognition Award for Teaching Excellence (SRATE), (2011)
- Writing Programs Award for Excellence & Innovation in Teaching, Texas A&M (2009)
- Staley Creswell Graduate Teaching Award, Texas A&M (2008)
Awards for Accessible Syllabus
- Best Webtext, Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology and Pedagogy (2017)
- Award for Exemplary Learning Material – Teacher Education, MERLOT (2017)
How to Create an Accessible Syllabus: It’s common for instructors to complain that students don’t read the syllabus, but take one look at contemporary syllabi and it’s not hard to see why. If we were to design the document more accessibly, though, might students use it more effectively? This workshop guides instructors through accessible syllabus strategies including multimodal content, effective document design, and inclusive rhetoric and policies.
Accessible Classrooms: Although many of us type and text every day, it’s not widely known that these revolutionary practices were originally designed for disabled people. Similarly, in college classes, instructors can design our practices with disabled students (and instructors) in mind to improve teaching and learning for many people. This workshop introduces Universal Design (UD), a framework that centers disabled people to create broad access. (This workshop can be tailored to writing classrooms.)
Inclusive and Effective Teaching with Inquiry-Based Learning: Inquiry-based learning (IBL) is a unique active-learning method: students work on problems to figure out principles instead of learning principles that they then apply to problems. The method is particularly useful for teaching difficult disciplinary concepts because it asks students to engage their prior knowledge and to analyze their assumptions. Instructors can create engaging “aha” moments in the classroom while affirming difference and normalizing error. (This workshop can be tailored for writing in the disciplines.)
On this website, I strive to make content accessible through universal design. Creating access is an ongoing collaborative process, not a final check on a checklist. So, when this website presents barriers to access, please contact me at amwomack (at) rice (dot) edu.
- Jamie Glisson, headshot of Anne-Marie Womack, 2022
- Leslie Anglesey, “Steep Grade Ahead, Accessible Route” photograph
- Angel Trazo, “National Humanities Center: Graduate Student Summer Residency Day 1,” visual notes, 2021
- Wendi Pillars, “How to Create an Accessible Syllabus,” visual notes of one of Anne-Marie’s sessions at the National Humanities Center, 2022