Dr. Harrison Carpenter leads classes on scientific communication practices in CU-Boulder’s Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. He has experience and expertise in analyzing scientists’ writing processes, structures and style from a sociorhetorical perspective, drawing heavily upon genre theory. His current research interests include the development and assessment of Communication-Across-the-Curriculum (CAC).
rhetorical genre theory, technical and scientific communication, sociological studies of science, rhetoric and composition, communication across the curriculum
EBIO 1940 - Introduction to Scientific Writing
Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
Introduces first year students to college writing, focusing on developing academic research and writing skills of particular interest to science students. Emphasizes habits of mind in topic invention, drafting, revision and writing style, as well as critical thinking and information literacy.
EBIO 3940 - Written Communication in the Sciences
Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
Focuses upon communication commonly practiced by scientists, with special emphasis on writing. Directs attention to scientists' strategic use of written arguments, statistical data and visual representations. Prepares students for communication tasks within advanced study and professional work.
WRTG 3030 - Writing on Science and Society
Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Summer 2019
Through selected reading and writing assignments, students consider ethical and social ramifications of science policy and practice. Focuses on critical thinking, analytical writing, and oral presentation. Taught as a writing workshop, the course addresses communication with professional and non-technical audiences. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.