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 2020 - Introduction to Creative Nonfiction
Explores from both the reader's and writer's perspectives the forms of creative nonfiction, including personal essay and memoir. Students will read and write extensively within this genre, develop skill in revision and peer critique and learn how to submit work for publication. Does not fulfill core requirements. Department enforced prerequisite: WRTG 1150 or equivalent (completion of lower-division writing requirement).
WRTG 3020 - Topics in Writing
Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
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).