TEACHING [Spring 2016]

    English 624: Seminar in Modern Rhetoric (1600-1900)

        Job Group for Rhetoric & Composition

              TEACHING [Fall 2015]

              English 625: Empirical Research in Writing

                  English 680: Methodological Praxis

                      Job Group for Rhetoric & Composition

                          TEACHING [Spring 2015]

                          English 625: Empirical Research in Writing

                              TEACHING [Fall 2014]

                              English 624: Modern Rhetoric (1600-1900)

                                  English 680: Professional Writing Theory

                                          TEACHING [Spring 2014]

                                          English 625: Empirical Research in Writing

                                                      TEACHING [fall 2013]

                                                      English 625: Empirical Research in Writing

                                                          English 680: Institutional Rhetoric

                                                              Job Group for Rhetoric & Composition

                                                                  Course Descriptions

                                                                  Institutional Rhetoric [2013]

                                                                  A seminar, this course looks at discourses, practices, and tactics flowing from, accompanying, and even constituting institutions and their rhetorics. It examines the such topics as: relationships between institutions and organizations, boundaries and classifications, memories and memorializing, rhetoric's inheritance in the academy, and tactics for the work of rhetoric in institutions (including positioning, critiquing, sensemaking, and practices).

                                                                  Syllabus
                                                                  Background Readings
                                                                  Definition Handout



                                                                  English 624: Seminar in History of Rhetoric and Composition: Modern Period[2012]

                                                                  A required course for Ph.D. students in Rhetoric and Composition, Modern Rhetoric ponders how the enlightenment (and other modern developments) impacted and reshaped the rhetorical traditions in the UK and in the United States. The course also considers methodologies for the study of history and how historical knowledge is built.

                                                                  syllabus
                                                                  detailed refs (updated 9.08.12)
                                                                  other materials and links

                                                                  RhetComp Job Group [2013]

                                                                  The Rhetoric & Composition Job Group offers advice, models, feedback, and workshopping to Ph.D. candidates who are seeking academic employment for Fall 2014. During the first half of the semester the group focuses on producing written materials that reflect the professional identity they want to project. Then the group turns to search management, preparation for interviews, and deportment. In the second semester the group works more individually on search psychology, campus visits, and offers.

                                                                  Job Group Calendar
                                                                  Other Job Materials


                                                                  Empirical Research in Writing [2013]

                                                                  A required course for PhD students in Rhetoric and Composition, English 625 focuses on reading (both with and against the grain of) empirical research and planning empirical research. The culminating project, a plan for a needed study, is presented at a poster session attended by others in the RC community.

                                                                  syllabus
                                                                  readings and materials exchange (pswd reqd)




                                                                  Rhetorical Methodologies[2012]

                                                                  A seminar, this course in Fall 2012 explored the common and divergent components of major methodologies deployed by researchers and scholars in Rhetoric & Composition Studies, worked to identify appropriate rhetorical methodologies, and helped members practice analysis.

                                                                  syllabus
                                                                  other materials and links

                                                                  English 624: Seminar in History of Rhetoric and Composition: Modern Period [2012]

                                                                  A required course for Ph.D. students in Rhetoric and Composition, Modern Rhetoric ponders how the enlightenment (and other modern developments) impacted and reshaped the rhetorical traditions in the UK and in the United States. The course also considers methodologies for the study of history and how historical knowledge is built.

                                                                  syllabus
                                                                  detailed refs (updated 9.08.12)
                                                                  other materials and links

                                                                  RhetComp Job Group2012

                                                                  The Rhetoric & Composition Job Group offers advice, models, feedback, and workshopping to Ph.D. candidates who are seeking academic employment for Fall 2011. During the first half of the semester the group focuses on producing written materials that reflect the professional identity they want to project. Then the group turns to search management, preparation for interviews, and deportment. In the second semester the group works on psychology, campus visits, and offers. Materials are distributed each week in the group meeting. Printed materials are at Copymat.

                                                                  Job Group Calendar
                                                                  Other Job Materials

                                                                  English 605: Computers in Language and Rhetoric

                                                                  This course serves as the first seminar we offer in technology and writing (broadly defined). While we are cover basic topics and also read student suggested materials, the theme word that has evolved for me this version of the course = "ubiquitous." Computers are everywhere and nowhere, as is the academic talk surrounding their uses for communication, writing, entertainment, and so on. Historically it has been my experience--when I study processes--that new writing technologies lay open processes temporarily until new habits take hold. So, those in computer science who have sought to institute ubiquitous computing have seemed like fellow travelers. And, with the growth of wireless computing, and the ascendancy of our attachments to computing device (most of which focus on communication), the lights and shadows of ubiquity intrigue me. If we believe NCTE, writing identity is changing. Is writing itself becoming "ubiquitous" (or perhaps "pervasive") and if so, is that good, bad, or perhaps another lever to invite a resurgence of technological determinism? Well think on it. Of course, for technology to be ubiquitous, it needs stewards, and a longtime complaint of C+W folk is that the parts of their work that is stewardship does not get "counted." There are all sorts of magic involved with this class.

                                                                  Syllabus for English 605
                                                                  Materials exchange site
                                                                  Dr605
                                                                  CompLodge (a collaborative pedagogical site class is developing)

                                                                  English 591: Seminar in Composition Theory

                                                                  A required course for Ph.D. students in Rhetoric and Composition, Composition Theory introduces issues and problems that thread themselves through the field in the past fourty years, including but not limited to the rise of composition as a discipline, the impace of the revival of rhetoric on composition, interest in writing as a process, collaboration as an activity or a way of knowing, the contending aims of composition courses (civic, academic, personal growth, etc.), how the needs of teachers direct the issues of the field, what student voices sound like, and so on.

                                                                  can been spun as the substructure for a straightforward tale of writing teachers seeking a discipline and a theory or set of theories that can ground this discipline,first in rhetoric and linguistics, then in psychology and education, then in literary and political theory. But to what extent have these acts of theory seeking resulted in a field with a name other than English Studies (a field of what sort, with what boundaries, what evidence, what professional organizations and accrediting processes, with what name, and so on), and if it has not yet produced a discipline, do we want it to become one (under what circumstances, with what phenomena of interest, and so on)? Yes, first year composition, though it constantly uses that domain as central to its mission.

                                                                  Syllabus for English 591
                                                                  Class GoogleSite "purdueengl591"
                                                                  Class Zotero Group "591fall2010"



                                                                  English 505M: Practicum in Teaching Professional Writing (Fall 2010)[Mark Hannah, co-mentor]

                                                                  A required course for new teachers of Professional Writing, 505M aims to: 1) assist new teachers of professional writing to be successful in their business writing teaching, 2) assist new teachers in their growth as professional writers, and 3) contribute to their growth as researchers/teachers of professional writing. This semester we will revise the course. Its previous focus on reporting genres, group work, and technology, while appropriate, have staid assignments that have led to increased plagiarism. So, we are rethinking the work of the course from the perspective of social media. Students are developing backgrounders on some aspect of social media for their older, less hip bosses. Then they are working in groups to develop frugal social media approaches for some fictionalized small businesses created by the 505 instructors. Finally, they are developing employment portfolios that move past their resume and cover letter to other materials (including a required small video that can be emailed to a contact) that support arguments for their accomplishments.

                                                                  Class Materials available to class members at the course drupal site.
                                                                  NOTE: In January 2011, the materials for this course were moved to a googlewebsite that is open to all to view/use: PTWXCHANGE (ProfessionalTechnicalWritingXCHANGE) https://sites.google.com/site/ptwxchange/

                                                                  English 680/AmStud 650: Archives and Digital Humanities [co-taught with Prof. Jennifer Bay] (Spring 2010)

                                                                  An interdisciplinary seminar, Archives and Digital Humanities interrogates the gaps and overlaps exposed by mapping physical and virtual in the areas of memory, history, archives, and humanities.

                                                                  Syllabus for AmStud650/English680
                                                                  Class GoogleGroup "Archives Planning"
                                                                  Class Zotero Site "680Archives"
                                                                  Other Class Materials



                                                                  English 505M: Practicum in Teaching Professional Writing (Fall 2009)

                                                                  A required course for new teachers of Professional Writing, 505M aims to: 1) assist new teachers of professional writing to be successful in their business writing teaching, 2) assist new teachers in their growth as professional writers, and 3) contribute to their growth as researchers/teachers of professional writing. This semester class members will build video learning objects to support the teaching of professional writing.

                                                                  Orientation Handout for Practicum in Professional Writing
                                                                  420 Student Inventory
                                                                  Worksheet on Classroom Information Flow
                                                                  Other Class Materials available to class members at the course drupal site.

                                                                  English 680R: Public Rhetorics: Theories, Practices, Pedagogies (Spring 2009)

                                                                  Anchor seminar in the secondary area in public rhetoric, this seminar introduces relevant contemporary representations of public(s) in the contexts of how they are theorized, practiced, and taught in Composition Studies. The special topic this semester is engagement and the focal medium is photography.

                                                                  Syllabus for English 680r: Public Rhetorics
                                                                  On Mapping Public Rhetoric [powerpoint]
                                                                  Class Project: Proposal for ENGL 205