My teaching interests range from classical to contemporary rhetorical theory including new media and digital rhetorics. I am also interested in first-year, advanced, and upper-level composition pedagogy and theory with a specific interest in forms of multimodal public writing. I am interested in teaching all levels of writing from first-year composition to advanced-level composition and professional writing. I plan to teach graduate seminars in composition theory, digital delivery and professional writing, and contemporary rhetorical theory at some point in the future.
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ENGL 314: Technical Writing
Scheduled for Spring 2013
Engl 314 Technical Writing is an introduction to technical and professional writing. This course presents students with practical information about communicating in different kinds of workplace environments and professional/technical discourse communities. Throughout the semester students will produce and analyze a number of common technical writing genres, including emails, letters, résumés, memos, reports, proposals, technical descriptions, technical definitions, technical manuals, and proposals. Students will work toward understanding how to analyze and react to rhetorical situations each genre and writing situation presents, including issues of audience, organization, visual design, style, and the material production of documents.
ENGL 315: Science Writing and Communication
Sample Summer Syllabus
Sample Fall Syllabus Taught one section during Summer 2012 (online) and two sections Fall 2012
This writing intensive course focuses on the forms of communication most often found in the working lives of scientific researchers and health professionals: scientific research writing. While gaining practical experience producing these documents, students will also consider the theories underlying successful writing in a variety of science-related contexts, including the writing for non-scientific audiences. Engl 315 provides a context for this type of writing, showing how and why particular documents are necessary in the workplace. In the Fall section, I have opted for a brief actor-network focus through Bruno Latour's Aramis and have added a multimodal public writing component including posters, visual design, and an educational videogame.
ENGL 103: Accelerated Composition
Fall-Spring 2012 Generic
Spring 2011 Taught eight sections between Fall 2009 and Spring 2011
This general education course is designed to acquiant students with the four major course strands of first-year composition: rhetoric and argumentation, information design and technology, research, and collaboration. Beginning with classical rhetorical study such as ethos, pathos, logos, and kairos and stasis theory, the class initially asks students to analyze visual texts while practicing the fundamentals of argumentative expository writing. Students then move on to consider research writing skills such as summary, paraphrase, and effective citation while incorporating elements of document layout and visual composition. Finally, students compose their own multimodal texts within small groups. One syllabus is the generic syllabus that I designed as the assistant director of first-year writing from Fall 2011-Spring 2012. It is required employed in all sections. I strove to modify the course each time with a different focus on an aspect of networked communication such as WikiCulture and Trolling, Spatial Ethnographies through Video, and Networked Art. Above is one such example, an experimental English 103 section from Spring 2011 with a specific focus of deliberative discourse, writing for the web, and multimodal public writing.
ForLang 880, 885
Professional Oral Communication (880) and Technical Writing (885) for Graduate and Professional Students. Taught from Summer 2008-Summer 2009 at Beijing Forestry University in Beijing, China. Large sections (30-50 students) of masters and doctoral students. See for additional details.
Taught four sections between Spring 2007 and Fall 2007.
Basic expository and analytical writing course taught at Washington State University.
Examples of Student English 315 Multimedia Media
Forthcoming after Fall 2012 semester.
Examples of Student English 103 Media Work
Note: I do my best to check and see that these links are updated and working; however, my students are encouraged but not obligated to leave their projects online indefinitely.
Additional Notes: (1) I cover Creative Commons, Fair Use, and copyright in detail. I also as ask students to fill out Youtube's copyright acknowledgement for any copyrighted music or images. All student media projects are for non-commercial and strictly classroom related purposes. (2) All students have signed permission forms for me to display this content.
6 Degrees: These projects were in response to the prompt (describe)
Sample Student Video Proposals
I like each of my 103 students to have some exposure to basic video production and editing. I give each group a quick introduction to MovieMaker and iMovie and then require a practice proposal pitch. Completed proposals are peer reviewed by the entire class through an online collaboration interface.
An alternative introduction to video editing assignment
Photograph from Manuel Franquelo's The Language of Things
Multimedia Project Resources
Example Multimedia Projects
Sound and Audio Editing Resources
Download Youtube or Archive.org video
Dreamweaver (not freeware, but available for discourse at University Google Web Builder (available for all student accounts)
Wordpress (online interface)
Wix (online interface, Flashbased)
Free CSS (downloadable web site templates)
*Note: I just listed the popular sites. There are too many blog interfaces to list.
Note Taking Interfaces
Envision in Depth (online) - Companion Site to course Text
Clemson University Library - Cooper Library
Purdue OWL - Online Writing Lab
MyCompLab - Clemson's portal to MyCompLab
Blackboard - Clemson's MyCLE
Internet Archive - Collection of digital artifacts
Creative Commons - Licensing & copyright resource
Google - search engine
Google News - search news markets
Google Government - search government documents, sites, archives
Google Scholar - search scholarly literature and resources
Yahoo - search engine
Yahoo News - search news markets
Search.com - metasearch engine
AltaVista MP3/Audio - search engine for audio files
Ask.com - search engine
NoodleTools - search engine strategies and recommendations
About.com - search engine, currently owned by the New York Times
Findspot.com - tips for searching the internet
Internet Help - tips for searching the internet; includes glossary
Refdesk.com - collection of news and reference sites
Disciplines and Fields
Voice of the Shuttle - site for Humanities research (from UCSB)
Art History - site for exploring art history
World Wide Arts Resources - site for Art resources
Silva Rhetorica - site that provides a comprehensive resource for rhetoric (by Gideon O. Burton, BYU)
American Rhetoric - site looking at american rhetoric (by Michael Eldenmuller)
Plagiarism - Clemson University
What is it? - Rutger University (flash video)
How to Recognize & Avoid Plagiarism - Indiana University
How to Avoid Plagiarism - Steve Moiles, Southwestern Illinois College
Dr. Cite Right - Central Piedmont Community College (flash video)
MLA, APA, Chicago Style, CBE - Bedford/St.Martin
see also Purdue OWL