Current Courses

Professional Report Writing | English 3365 (Fall 2015)

Recently and Regularly Taught Courses

english 5389, field methods for technical communication (Spring 2015)

english 5371, Foundations of Technical Communication (Fall 2014) 

english 5362, contemporary rhetorical theory (spring 2014)

english 5371, foundations of technical communication (fall 2013)

english 5377, public rhetorics: theories, practice, and pedagogies  (summer 2013)

english 3365: Professional Report Writing (fall 2013)

Taught Courses

Introduction to Professional Writing

In English 306, Introduction to Professional Writing, students study texts, contexts and concepts important to the practice of professional writing and produce documents for both paper and digital distribution. While the course addresses practical skills such as how to write memos, emails, proposals and reports, class discussion focuses on rhetoric, ethics, and information design.  As professional writers, you will be expected to analyze organizations and institutions to develop effective communicative practices.  Therefore, the class is organized with an eye towards future action: While you will be reading what others have done, we will be developing strategies for communicating effectively.  Students will use appropriate communication technologies. One fundamental question addressed in this class is: What do professional writers do?  Through the course, students will read definitions of professional & technical writing from academic and professional perspectives.

Research Methods in Professional Writing

This course serves as an introduction to the methods and methodologies used in professional and technical communication. As such, you will learn to read studies in the discipline as well as design and conduct research studies within the realm of Professional and Technical Writing. Research methods and their methodologies allow us to answer questions, solve problems, and investigate phenomena in a variety of ways; however, not all methods are appropriate for all questions, problems, or investigations. As such, you will learn how do decide which methods correspond to certain questions and which methods will garner the kinds of data you need to investigate a variety of situations. Additionally, you will learn to craft data into a cogent argument, supporting claims with the data you’ve collected. You will learn this within the context of studying local, regional and global policies surrounding the problem of Childhood Obesity. As a member of a consulting team, you will be asked to consider the problem, design a study to learn more about the local needs and potential problems, and provide a report that uses your data to make an argument about Childhood Obesity in Tippecanoe County.

Tutoring Practicum for Business Writing Consultants

English 390B  prepares students to become Purdue University Writing Lab Business Writing Consultants (BWCs). BWCs are tutors who work with students on a variety of workplace documents and course assignments, including resumes, cover letters, memos, reports, proposals, and multimedia presentations. In this class, you will improve your knowledge of these documents, learn the basics of writing center practice, observe both graduate and undergraduate tutors at work, and practice tutoring. BWCs selected for a position in the Writing Lab demonstrate initiative, leadership abilities, interest in working with students on their writing, and a strong interest in business and professional writing.

Business Writing: Public Policy as Professional Writing

English 420 teaches students the rhetorical principles and writing practices necessary for producing effective business letters, memos, reports, and collaborative projects in professional contexts. The curriculum is informed by current research in rhetoric and professional writing and is guided by the needs and practices of business, industry, and society at large, as well as by the expectations of Purdue students and programs. All sections of English 420 are offered in networked computer classrooms or exclusively online to ensure that students taking the course are prepared for the writing environment of the 21st-century workplace. The course teaches the rhetorical principles that help students shape their business writing ethically, for multiple audiences, in a variety of professional situations. In this section, we will focus on public policy as a means of gaining proficiency in the skills needed to effectively communicate in a business context. Specifically, we will engage public policy-making as a deliberative practice that requires rigorous research, audience (or stakeholder) awareness, and the astute ability to analyze and synthesize such information.

First Year Writing

English 106 is a writing intensive course; that is, as a member of this class you will be “writing” a number of “papers.” Because we are in a digital age, the meaning of “writing” and the meaning of “papers” must necessarily become dynamic and fluid, changing depending on the medium and the mode that best suits the audience and you, the “writer.” As a student in this class, you will be asked to explore not only various the literacies and technologies you use daily, but you will be asked to examine how your interaction with technologies and literacies shape the way you view the world and make knowledge. English 106 is a class aimed at developing writing skills, analytic thought, and a mature understanding of the way we create and use knowledge. This class has four major goals: 1) critical thinking, 2) understanding contexts of arguments and texts, 3) engaging with other learners, and 4) reflection leading to informed action. I will ask you to practice critical thinking as you learn to evaluate arguments and to locate and organize evidence to support your own written arguments; I will also ask you to approach various modes of writing and revising with an open mind and creative spirit. As an instructor, I believe each of you enters the classroom with valuable knowledge and experience, and I look forward to learning with you.

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