Spring 2011 Courses

Engl 606: Rhetorical Theory and Practice

This course  introduces graduate students to current theories and practices of rhetoric and composition in preparation for teaching in the UNC Writing Program.  The central focus of our writing program at UNC is on teaching students to enmesh themselves in rhetorical situations and to write real genres. Accordingly, we teach writing as a process that is deeply embedded in questions about audiences, roles, purposes, and, above all, choice. Students should come to understand writing as a matter of making informed choices based on their read of the rhetorical situation—choices about appropriate genres, style, organization, format, and so on.

Engl 801: Research Methods in Rhetoric and Composition

This course functions as a seminar/workshop focused on research methods in rhetoric and composition, including rhetorical criticism, intertextual criticism, ethnographic research, archival research, rhetorical-cultural analysis, and more. Students can explore a new project from several methodological angles, or move forward on an existing project through in-depth study and analysis of a particular method.

Courses Taught Regularly

Composition and Rhetoric (ENGL 101). Required first year writing course which emphasizes rhetorics in popular culture, the public sphere, and academic communities. Students in my section investigate rhetorics of place by writing photo essays, editorials, and articles for a group-edited online journal.

Composition and Rhetoric: Writing in the Disciplines (ENGL 102). Required first year course on genres and conventions of writing in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Students in my sections write lab reports based on computational simulations, conduct focus group studies, and produce brochures, public service announcements, or websites for the UNC Student Health Center.

Composition and Rhetoric: Science Writing (ENGL 102i). Specialized first year course focused on writing in the natural sciences. Students in my sections use computer simulations to generate scientific data, write lab reports and literature reviews, and then produce a journal article. Using the guidelines for UNC’s undergraduate grants, students write grant proposals on an original research topic, create oral presentations, and then submit their proposals.

Science Writing (ENGL 303). Advanced science writing course for upper-level undergraduates. In my sections, students analyze and critique conventions of scientific genres, write literature reviews, grant proposals, and popularizations of scientific articles, and work on service learning projects.

Feminist Literary Theory: Women’s Rhetorics (ENGL 363). Undergraduate course focusing on feminist rhetorical theories. In each class students read about rhetorical principles, consider examples from women rhetors, and determine how rhetorical concepts might be gendered. Original research projects are based on identifying archives (whether historical or contemporary) of women’s rhetorical expression.

History of Rhetoric (ENGL 605). Graduate course focusing on histories of rhetorical theory and practice. My course focuses on how contemporary scholars are recovering, extending and revising rhetorical histories to account for current scholarly concerns such as gender, race and ethnicity, language, and pedagogy.

Studies in Rhetoric and Composition: Science and the Rhetoric of Invention (ENGL 805). Graduate course that uses the rhetorical canon of invention as a heuristic to consider the role rhetoric plays in scientific inventions and discoveries. Students consider how rhetoric serves an inventive function for scientists, but also how scientific discourse “invents” gendered subjectivities for scientists and for users of scientific inventions.