Graduate Courses in Rhetoric and Composition – Instructor

“Teaching with Technology”
As a component of the ENGL 505 mentoring for new graduate students on how to teach their introductory composition courses, the technology mentor teaches each of the five mentor groups 8-12 times per semester on how to incorporate technology into assignments, discussions, and classroom practices. These topics can range from visual rhetoric and tech theory, to practical uses of Photoshop, InDesign, audio/video tools, web design, and social media in the composition class.

Selected Lectures and Projects

Rhetoric and Digital Writing – Multimedia Writing

“Writing with Mobile Technology”
Interdisciplinary course consisting of computer graphics, computer science, and
professional writing majors. The course broadly covers writing with multimedia
and new media, and I designed a “Writing with Mobile Technology” focused
course that tasked students with composing with mobile devices. Students
examined networked writing practices, created data visualizations, and
programmed their own mobile applications for research and usability testing.

Syllabus | Assignments & Student Examples

 Professional and Technical Writing Core

“Introduction to Professional Writing”
This course is the major theoretical introduction to the Professional Writing major for students. Students learn the history of professional/technical communication, study rhetoric, ethics, workplaces, and what it means to be a professional writer. Major projects include a string of short informational reports designed to give you a portfolio of writing samples for the job market. In essence, students learn the major components of professional writing and rhetoric while studying the field of professional writing to better prepare themselves to enter the workplace.

Syllabus | Assignments & Student Examples

Technical Communication General Classes

“Technical Writing”
In this course technology, engineering, and sciences students (primarily) learn the basics of technical writing for use in their future workplaces. Areas of study include: rhetorical theory, ethics, and the history of technical communication. Projects focus on creating products similar to what is produced in the workplace, including technical descriptions, memos, instruction sets, and a workplace site study.

“Business Writing”
In this course management, engineering, and sciences students (primarily) create writing projects focused on workplace communication. Major projects include resumes and other job documents, proposals, reports, white papers, memos, and elevator pitches

First Year Composition – “Digital Rhetorics” Approach

Syllabus | Assignments & Student Examples

Graduate Student Workshops – Discussion Leader

Purdue Writing Lab Brown Bags
Spring 2012: Teaching Web Design in Introductory Composition
Spring 2012: Creating Digital Portfolios as Graduate Students
Fall 2011: Teaching Digital Projects in Introductory Composition
Spring 2011: Using Digital Rhetoric in the Composition classroom

Professional Writing Preparatory Workshops
Fall 2013: Types of Projects Produced in Professional Writing Classes
Fall 2013-current: New Professional Writing Instructor Technology Overview