Teaching Excellence Colloquium:
Writing Beyond Writing Classes: A Busy Professor’s Primer on Current Research and Teaching Strategies
University of Denver
January 10 , 2008
We live at a time when college students are likely producing more writing than any other time in history. However, the relationship between the social networking texts that increasingly engage them and academic discourse is hardly direct. Moreover, the relationship between writing in academic settings and in various professional and civic settings is reasonably fuzzy - especially to students. (How many business documents and op ed pieces have MLA or APA citations?) And, to top things off, even in the academy different disciplines value different writing strategies. (Consider the small example of a student told in one setting"never use the passive voice" and in another "always use the passive voice" - with both settings being "right.") This workshop will present new research on the complex situation of academic writing, focusing on some student examples. It will then provide specific practical strategies for faculty across the disciplines and assignment making, teaching resources, and responding to student writing.
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About the Presenter
Doug Hesse is Professor of English and Founding Director of the Writing Program at the University of Denver. A past Chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, past president of the Council of Writing Program Administrators, and past editor of WPA: Writing Program Administration, he currently chairs the MLA Division on Teaching as a Profession. At Illinois State University, he directed the Honors Program and the Center for the Advancement of Teaching, among other roles. He has published some 50 articles and chapters on teaching, creative nonfiction, rhetorical and narrative theory, and writing administration, co-authored 3 textbooks (including The Simon and Schuster Handbook for Writers), delivered several dozen conference presentations, including several as keynote speaker, and just finished Creating Nonfiction, with essayist and fiction writer Becky Bradway (Bedford/St. Martins).