Dr. Ackerman studies the rhetoric of public space, which considers how the built environment, collective memory, and institutional policies configure our cities and neighborhoods. Of particular interest are the zones and policies that connect cities and campuses, and then how engaged scholarship contributes to economic renewal. His recent work is framed around everyday life in post-industrial neighborhoods and cultural economies. These economies are local, material, narrative and express regional solidarity.
community design, rhetoric in public spaces, collective memory, cultural economies, regional planning
COMM 3610 - Communication, Technology, and Society
Presents theory, research, and exploration into computer-based technologies; studies implications for communication, interaction, and social relationships. Recommended prerequisites: COMM 1210 and COMM 1600.
COMM 5720 - Readings in Communication and Technology
Survey of multidisciplinary research that examines various relationships between communication and technology. Students are encouraged to develop critical skills in perceiving assumptions and perspectives that motivate major theories in this area, and to examine how these phenomena have changed over time.
FYSM 1000 - First Year Seminar
Provide first year students with an immersive experience in an interdisciplinary topic that addresses current issues including social, technical and global topics. Taught by faculty from across campus, the course provides students with an opportunity to interact in small classes, have project based learning experiences and gain valuable communication skills. Seminar style classes focused on discussion and projects.
WRTG 3020 - Topics in Writing
Summer 2018 / Spring 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).
WRTG 3040 - Writing on Business and Society
Through selected reading and writing assignments, students examine ethical and social issues in the context of business decision-making processes. Focuses on critical thinking, analytical writing and oral presentation. Taught as a writing workshop, the course emphasizes effective communication with professional and non-technical audiences. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Department enforced prerequisite: WRTG 1150 or equivalent (completion of lower-division writing requirement).