Content in Writing Studies

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Lauer and Brumberger’s (2019) article, “Redefining Writing for the Responsive Workplace” has been a game changer for me across different parts of my job: teacher, researcher, administrator. Because of this article, I think I am closer to identifying what the goals of a writing major should be–which has informed some recent course design. Because of… Continue reading Content in Writing Studies

Digital Scrap 5: Promoting Writing for the Web & WRP

In Fall 2018, the English Department is rolling out a new concentration in Writing, Rhetoric, and Publication. The program has three signatures which I’ll discuss here as commitments: a commitment to preparing concentrators to write in and for the public a commitment to preparing concentrators to write in print and digital media a commitment to… Continue reading Digital Scrap 5: Promoting Writing for the Web & WRP

Digital Scrap 4: Promoting Technical Writing

I like a good flyer. These aren’t particularly good by any stretch, but they’re better than most–at least among those I’ve seen. This spring I’m slated to teach technical writing (which is new for me). Because I’m at a liberal arts institution and because of the nature of the world, I’m developing the course with… Continue reading Digital Scrap 4: Promoting Technical Writing

Practitioner Stories

I’ve always been a fan of Jim Ridolfo’s article on rhetorical delivery via the practitioner story of Maggie, a feminist activist who was working on a manifesto. In the production of that manifesto, she shopped it around for feedback before publication before it was eventually recomposed and recirculated after she distributed it. I think that… Continue reading Practitioner Stories

WAC and TFT: Does Theory Need Verification?

In a couple of earlier posts (intro here and follow-up here), I introduced and discussed a version of a TFT course I’m developing keyed to introducing students to writing in their target disciplines. This post comes as an update, detailing the relationship between an assignment I inherited and the TFT curriculum. Since “Interdisciplinary Composition” was developed, it included an… Continue reading WAC and TFT: Does Theory Need Verification?

Digital Reading and Lanham’s Looking

Richard Lanham's AT/THROUGH Oscillations

In my digital rhetoric course this morning I asked students to build on our ongoing conversations about genre and the rhetorical situation, writing and technology by looking at Anne Wysocki’s “The Multiple Media of Texts.” Although this piece is a little too oriented to analysis (instead of composing), I like this piece. I’ve been assigning… Continue reading Digital Reading and Lanham’s Looking


I started teaching a FYW course at CofC keyed to WAC today; the course is called Interdisciplinary Composition. In the course, students examine how disciplines across the curriculum write to make and share knowledge. The TFT curriculum seemed like a natural way of meeting the outcome of the course by helping students become familiar with vital writing concepts… Continue reading WAC and TFT


I’m currently teaching a class on Medium and Design, and one assignment I have developed is based on Johnson-Eilola and Selber’s concept of assemblage. I developed the assignment based on a presentation I gave at Computers and Writing. In the presentation, I talked about the ways that students define genres in relation to platforms and… Continue reading assemblage