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Lauren Holly, Jason Tham, Antoni Grgurovic sitting at a desk with writing materials and glowing monitors

On Purpose: Portrait of Writing Studies

Writing is a fundamental human activity that is rhetorical, social, global, and technological. To write is to define the world around us and create knowledge with others. In the Department of Writing Studies, we examine ways that writing is applied in the world—how it is shaped rhetorically, how it reflects meaning, and how it generates action within and among communities. We examine writing studies as a discipline involving past, present, and future.
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.

Welcome Amy Lee!

The Department of Writing Studies is very pleased to announce that Professor Amy Lee will be joining our faculty in fall 2019. Professor Lee brings several years of leadership experience and will serve as director of First-Year Writing starting in summer 2019.
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.”