You are here

September / October 2015 News Roundup

October 25, 2015


A paper by Joe Moses, "Agile writing: A Project Management Approach to Learning," is accepted for fall 2015 publication: Moses, J. (2015). Agile writing: a project management approach to learning. International Journal of Sociotechnology and knowledge development, 7(2), 1-13.

Joe Holt has a book of Angela Pelster's lyric essay collection "Limber" in the Fall 2015 (89.3) issue of Prairie Schooner. "Limber" was a finalist for the 2015 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Joe's book reviews have also appeared in Colorado Review, Iowa Review Online and Harvard Review Online.

Donald Ross published, “’A herd of deer chased by the hunters’: Travel Writers on the Dilemma of Indian Removal” in Politics, Identity, and Mobility in Travel Writing, Miguel Cabañas, Jeanne Dubino, Veronica Salles-Reese, and Gary Tottten, Eds. (New York and London: Routledge, 2016), pp. 101-13.

Ann Hill Duin and Joe Moses published an article, "Intercultural Connectivism and Personal Learning Networks in Course Redesign" in Rhetoric, Professional Communication and Globalization. The purpose of this paper is to explore implications of intercultural connectivism for course redesign in globally networked learning environments. Intercultural denotes different cultures and social groups, and connectivism refers to knowledge that is distributed across a network of connections. Our pedagogical method is to ask course participants to create and maintain personal learning networks (PLNs) as a means of increasing learning capacity in intercultural learning environments. We describe the potential for PLN visualizations to make cultural attitudes toward information, knowledge, and learning transparent and increase learning capacity among participants.

Mary Schuster and Amy Propen (PhD in RSTC 2007) and have completed their book for University of Alabama Press: Looking Carefully at What We Fear: Rhetorical and Legal Perspectives on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, and are waiting the results of a peer review.

Scholarly Activities

Anne Fretheim hosted three 3 drop-in sessions in the department to discuss and practice feedback on and grading of student writing that is challenging due to the student's language level or use of language. "Feedback and Grading: When a paper leaves you wondering where to begin...." 

Jim Hall (MS in S&TC 2014 and current TCAB member) and his colleague Dr MaryElizabeth Bezanson, both of U of M Morris, presented a poster at the Minnesota e-Learning Conference, July 29-30 on using a computer-based tool (DICTION) to help students with rhetorical criticism. Using DICTION, students can easily generate a "fingerprint" of several key variables that describe a rhetorical artifact: Certainty, Optimism, Activity, Realism, and Commonality. Using Means and Standardized Deviations helps norm the data, allowing students to perform comparative analysis of different texts.


Laura Gurak has been invited to serve on the the Editorial Board of the journal Rhetoric Society Quarterly. She has also been invited to chair the 2016 CCCC Outstanding Dissertation Award in Technical Communication Committee.