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Portrait of Champoux and Wisz

A Story of Collaboration

Two individuals met as instructor and student but became research partners after a course in the technical writing and communication (TWC) program. Alexander Champoux and Eric Wisz had the opportunity to collaborate on research about rhetorical theory and creative writing for the Creative Writing Studies Organization (CWSO) issue.
Portrait of Kari Campeau.

Classroom and Community Collide

“Intercultural communication skills are increasingly important as technical writing becomes more global, and intercultural communication skills are often handled reductively or insufficiently in technical communication textbooks and course design,” says UMN instructor Kari Campeau. That’s why she actively includes diverse communities in her classroom.
Portrait of Karin Goettsch

Always a Learner

A strong leader, a liberal arts advocate, and an educator, Karin Goettsch holds a PhD in rhetoric and scientific and technical communication from the University of Minnesota. She is a well-rounded individual that walks with purpose and takes advantage of all the opportunities that come running to her. Her diverse skill set has given her the opportunity to speak at national and international conferences, and she credits much of it to her liberal arts education.
Jason Tham, Joe Moses and Kendra Wiswell pose for a picture outside of Nolte Center

Agile Writing Project

Isaac Asimov said, “Writing is a lonely job.” Other writers like Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings say that writing is “agony.” Jason Tham, a graduate instructor and PhD candidate in rhetoric and scientific and technical communication, and Joe Moses, a senior lecturer in the Department of Writing Studies, are looking at ways to make team-based writing faster, more efficient, and, well, “Agile.”
Richard Graff in virtual recreation of the Pnyx.

Experiencing the Past: Making Ancient Greek Rhetoric Relevant

Writing Studies Professor Richard Graff parnters with both the University of Minnesota's Interactive Visualization Lab (IV/LAB) and collaborators at Pennsylvania State University to virtually recreate the environments where ancient Greek rhetoric was performed, revealing new insights regarding the relationship between communication and the spaces and media in which it occurs.
Photograph of students and TCAB members at a Writing Studies event

Preparing Students and the Program for the Workplace

The Technical Communication Advisory Board (TCAB) consists of a diverse group of industry professionals who benefit the department in several ways: from serving as guest speakers in classes, attending networking events, and serving as mentor to graduate students. “It’s really a win-win: TCAB involvement can help to strengthen the program itself, and it gives students an opportunity to learn about networking with potential mentors and employers,” says TCAB coordinator Liz Fendley.
Photo of undergraduate writing studies student in the new writing lab

Digital Writing Studio: Building Community

Program/Project Specialist Shannon Klug and Professor John Logie applied for a CLA grant to create a lab with the technology necessary for students to create multimodal projects. As technology advances, there is an “increasing awareness that writing is not necessarily a matter of putting the alphabet and numeric characters in white rectangles,” states Professor Logie. This space will allow students to develop the skills needed to create and communicate effectively in the 21st century workplace.