This past summer the Minnesota Writing Project launched writing camps for middle school students. These camps provide opportunities for students to gain valuable writing skills that become a part of their daily life—even in the bathroom.
Meet the Department of Writing Studies’ newest faculty member, Dr. Molly Kessler. Her research investigates the intersection of writing and the healthcare industry, and she’s a great professor to boot!
How does a liberal arts education help you prepare for a dynamic career? Lauren Holly, a proud liberal arts student, is a senior studying technical writing and communication with a sub-plan of biology and health sciences. Read about this Charles & Myrtle Stroud Scholarship recipient.
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.
“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.
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.
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.”
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.
Professor Ann Hill Duin and her team are redefining the approach to research through their collaboratory. Their organic approach is leading them to groundbreaking discoveries regarding the impact of wearable technology on composition pedagogy and technical communication.
Through their partnership with iFixIt.com, Professor Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch leads her students in experiential learning, preparing them for life after college by giving them the opportunity to write web instructions for an external client.
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.
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.