Category Archives: Rhetoric and teaching

Posts about rhetorical theory, writing, teaching, curriculum design, etc.

Administration Versus Teaching

I have been directing university writing centers for 18 years, nine years at one institution and nine years at another. Last week I decided to resign my position, exercise my retreat rights, and go back to the classroom full time. … Continue reading

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ERWC Leadership Symposium

On Tuesday I went to a “Leadership Symposium” for the Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) at the L.A. Crowne Plaza hotel near LAX.  I chaired the California State University task force that developed this course, so I was delighted … Continue reading

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What Do Faculty Do?

Apparently, California State University is facing a 20% budget cut in 2009-10, about $583 million dollars.  As campuses make plans for cuts, some people have begun to ask, “Why do we need all of those professors, who only teach 12 … Continue reading

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Writing For Busy People

Today I facilitated a workshop for faculty called “Writing for Busy People,” otherwise known as the “Professional Writing Institute.” We had ten participants: three people from the library, one from kineseology, one from computer science, one from education, one linguist, … Continue reading

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Breath, Grammar, and Proper Punctuation

Today’s post is a reworking of a newsletter article I wrote several years ago. In the Writing Center we field a lot of questions about punctuation, and we see a lot of punctuation problems. Most writers, even professional writers, feel … Continue reading

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Assessing English

I just spent two days at a WASC-sponsored conference on “Teaching and Assessing the English Major.”  WASC is our institution’s accrediting agency, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, so we have to listen to what they say.  A WASC … Continue reading

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What are we teaching when we teach literature?

This week my seminar has been reading Louise Rosenblatt’s The Reader, The Text, The Poem.  After several weeks of analyzing everyday texts, the literature students in the course were happy to finally get to what they saw at the beginning … Continue reading

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