Dr. Henningsen's research interests revolve around the history of rhetoric, especially how this history is related to forms of civic education and public discourses. Other key interests within this research focus include news and information literacies, and hybrid teaching modalities in the writing classroom.
Rhetoric and composition, utopian studies, British modernism, notions of the grotesque, TS Eliot, poetics, dystopias, the history of rhetoric, civic education, news and information literacy
WRTG 1150 - First-Year Writing and Rhetoric
Spring 2018 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
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
Summer 2018 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 / Summer 2022 / Spring 2023 / Summer 2023
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 3030 - Writing on Science and Society
Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Summer 2019 / Summer 2020 / Summer 2021 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2023 / Summer 2023 / Fall 2023
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.
WRTG 3035 - Technical Communication and Design
Fall 2018 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021
Rhetorically informed introduction to technical writing that hones communication skills in the context of technical design activities. Treats design as a collaborative, user-oriented, problem-based activity, and technical communication as a rhetorically informed and persuasive design art. Taught as a writing workshop emphasizing critical thinking, revision, and oral presentation skills. Focuses on client-driven design projects and effective communication with multiple stakeholders. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
WRTG 3045 - Writing for Emerging Workplaces
A rhetorically-informed professional writing course addressing key competencies needed in emerging workplaces. Intended for juniors and seniors from a wide range of majors who anticipate working in communication-intensive capacities. Taught as a writing workshop, with a focus on revision, critical thinking, and collaborative engagement. Key topics: professional correspondence, grant and proposal writing, writing for policy debates, data analysis and visualization, report writing, and advanced oral presentation and multimedia skills. Satisfies A&S Upper-Division Written Communication requirement.