I hope that some of my research can unearth a sort of dialectic between ecocomposition and travel studies, particularly through an examination of the veil through which first-world travelers tend to gaze upon third-world cultures. I've begun research in the fields (no pun intended) of garden rhetorics and the attendant rhetorics of social justice. A related, and particularly fecund, field that I wish to investigate is the range where the rhetoric of geography/ecology and travel studies will intersect: creative nonfiction. As ever, I'm very taken with creative writing, in varied form: prose poem, haiku, creative nonfiction, fiction. Finally, I hope to continue to investigate ways to incorporate emotional intelligence/secular mindfulness practice in the curriculum as listed here as well as in university-level models.
WRTG 1150 - First-Year Writing and Rhetoric
Rhetorically informed introduction to college writing. Focuses on critical analysis, argument, inquiry and information literacy. Taught as a writing workshop, the course places a premium on invention, drafting and thoughtful revision. For placement criteria, see the arts and sciences advising office. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
WRTG 3020 - Topics in Writing
Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
Through sustained inquiry into a selected topic or issue, students will practice advanced forms of academic writing. Emphasizes analysis, criticism and argument. Taught as a writing workshop, places a premium on substantive, thoughtful revision. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Department enforced prerequisite: WRTG 1150 or equivalent (completion of lower-division writing requirement).