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An Interview With Dr. J. Fred Reynolds—Preview To His Essay “A Short History Of Mental Health Rhetoric Research (Mhrr)”, Fred Reynolds, Cathryn Molloy 2018 James Madison University

An Interview With Dr. J. Fred Reynolds—Preview To His Essay “A Short History Of Mental Health Rhetoric Research (Mhrr)”, Fred Reynolds, Cathryn Molloy

Rhetoric of Health & Medicine

An Interview with Dr. J. Fred Reynolds—Preview to his Essay “A Short History of Mental Health Rhetoric Research (MHRR)”


Writing In/For Strategic Instruction—And How It Can Make Students Better Writers, Gay Lynn Crossley, Mark Latta 2018 Marian University - Indianapolis

Writing In/For Strategic Instruction—And How It Can Make Students Better Writers, Gay Lynn Crossley, Mark Latta

Tools for Teaching Conference

Participants will create writing prompts in support of strategic instruction and brainstorm ways that strategic instruction can teach what students need in order to perform successfully on course writing assignments.


Final Ma Portfolio, Muhammed Saadiq 2018 Bowling Green State University

Final Ma Portfolio, Muhammed Saadiq

Master of Arts in English Plan II Graduate Projects

In this MA Portfolio, the author showcases four of his most substantial works that were created throughout the pursuit of his MA in Writing and Rhetoric. He was able to blend his previous specializations with the current ones; specifically English as a Second Language (ESL) and English education with writing and rhetoric. To briefly highlight the works: research and analysis was conducted on the usage of English in the technical communication field in China, Muslims in a post-9/11 atmosphere in mass media, ESL and Generation 1.5 writing students in secondary and post secondary classrooms, and a teacher’s ...


An Examination Of Age Labels In Music Related Dissertations And Theses: 2009-2016, Phillicia Jackson 2018 Western Michigan University

An Examination Of Age Labels In Music Related Dissertations And Theses: 2009-2016, Phillicia Jackson

Master's Theses

The life expectancy rate of advanced age individuals has increased dramatically in recent years, creating a greater need for research topics related to this segment of the population. Smith (2009) completed a content analysis of the use of age labels describing this advanced age group using dissertations and theses produced between 1983 and 2008. This current investigation replicated the process used in the earlier study using dissertations and theses completed between 2009 and 2016. The same search procedure, inclusion criteria, and analysis protocol was used, in order to be able to evaluate changes which may have occurred over time. A ...


Reflecting On And Shattering My White Lens: A Critical Autoethnography On My Experience As A White Editor Working With Authors Of Color, Kelsey Medlin 2018 Kennesaw State University

Reflecting On And Shattering My White Lens: A Critical Autoethnography On My Experience As A White Editor Working With Authors Of Color, Kelsey Medlin

Master of Arts in Professional Writing Capstones

This critical autoethnography aims to reveal how the cultural biases of a white majority industry impact the stories they select for acquisition and how they are edited. As an editor, I came to this topic from my personal desire to see if my own whiteness affects the way I view writers of color, their stories, and the audience that the companies market to. Thus, the purpose of this project is to explore the current conversations on the topic of diversity within the publishing industry and whether the conversation is making a connection between the lack of diversity in the workforce ...


A Word From The Writing Team (July 2018), Jennifer Wilson, MS, ELS, Pam Walter, MFA 2018 Thomas Jefferson University

A Word From The Writing Team (July 2018), Jennifer Wilson, Ms, Els, Pam Walter, Mfa

A Word From the Writing Team (Newsletter)

This issue includes:

  • From Thesis to Journal Article
  • Open All Summer
  • Sign Up for Our Fall Writing Retreat
  • Writing Café


Attending To Phenomenology: Rethinking Cognition And Reflection In North American Writing Studies, Dylan B. Dryer, David R. Russell 2018 University of Maine

Attending To Phenomenology: Rethinking Cognition And Reflection In North American Writing Studies, Dylan B. Dryer, David R. Russell

English Publications

As detailed elsewhere in this collection (esp. Bazerman; Carillo; Talbot), when North American Writing Studies of higher education and workplaces (henceforth, NAWS) turned to European continental philosophies, it turned away from information-processing (IP) cognitive theories. Those theories were early casualties of this “social-turn” (e.g., Bartholomae, 1985; Bizzell, 1982; Brand, 1987); today, NAWS seems somewhat squeamish about the fact that the brain is an organ with a broadly generalizable structure, predictable development, capacity constraints, operating costs, and so on. Yet cognitive research is a dynamic and thriving field that does not much resemble the after-image that persists in NAWS. Some ...


A Word From The Writing Team (June 2018), Jennifer Wilson, MS, ELS 2018 Thomas Jefferson University

A Word From The Writing Team (June 2018), Jennifer Wilson, Ms, Els

A Word From the Writing Team (Newsletter)

This issue includes:

  • Sign Up for Our Fall Writing Retreat
  • Grammarly Pro
  • New eBook on Communicating Data Clearly
  • Writing Café


Putting Together The Wou Professional And Technical Writing Advisory Board, Byron Kimball 2018 Western Oregon University

Putting Together The Wou Professional And Technical Writing Advisory Board, Byron Kimball

Academic Excellence Showcase Proceedings

No abstract provided.


User's Manual For Tardigrade Risk Assessment, Alexis M. Shook 2018 University of New Orleans

User's Manual For Tardigrade Risk Assessment, Alexis M. Shook

University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations

This user-guide provides instructions for operating Tardigrade 1.1.3, a cybersecurity software for Nollysoft, LLC. This guide instructs users step-by-step on how to set security controls, risk assessments, and administrative maintenance. Tardigrade 1.1.3 is a Risk Assessment Enterprise that evaluates the risk level of corporations and offers solutions to any security gaps within an organization. Tardigrade 1.1.3 is a role-based software that operates through three modules, Cybersecurity Assessment, Internal Control, and Security Requirement Traceability Matrix.


Universal Micro-Hydroelectric Generator, Luke McLaughlin, Owen Bensel, Damon Unland 2018 University of Wyoming

Universal Micro-Hydroelectric Generator, Luke Mclaughlin, Owen Bensel, Damon Unland

Honors Theses AY 17/18

As the demand for electricity continues to grow around the world, so does the ability to provide electricity. However, a significant portion of the global population is still without reliable electricity or any electricity at all. Inconsistent grid power caused by natural disaster, prohibitively expensive utility costs and isolation from grid access are a few factors preventing many people around the world from having access to reliable electricity. These issues can often be addressed through simple solutions such as the implementation of generators and solar panels. But, these solutions can be expensive and present several hurdles such as fuel transportation ...


Undergraduate Research Journals And Career Readiness, Alexandra Hoen 2018 James Madison University

Undergraduate Research Journals And Career Readiness, Alexandra Hoen

Senior Honors Projects, 2010-current

This research aims to identify the effects that an undergraduate research journal, specifically the James Madison Undergraduate Research Journal (JMURJ), has on its past and present student editors’ career readiness. I began by exploring the existing literature surrounding undergraduate research, undergraduate research journals, and other studies done to measure the effects that these undergraduate research journals have on students at various institutions. Then, I conducted a survey on current and past members of the JMURJ editorial board, using a specific set of questions to determine if an undergraduate research journal such as the one at James Madison University was assisting ...


A Word From The Writing Team (May 2018), Jennifer Wilson, MS, ELS 2018 Thomas Jefferson University

A Word From The Writing Team (May 2018), Jennifer Wilson, Ms, Els

A Word From the Writing Team (Newsletter)

This issue includes:

  • Grammar Time
  • What to Do Once Your Manuscript is Accepted
  • Writing Café


Adventures In Storytelling: An Editor's Guide To Better Fiction, Rachel Frank 2018 Kennesaw State University

Adventures In Storytelling: An Editor's Guide To Better Fiction, Rachel Frank

Master of Arts in Professional Writing Capstones

Writing fiction can be daunting for beginning writers. This graphic guide seeks to make fiction more accessible, using the unique affordances of the graphic medium to explain fictional concepts and techniques in a clear, engaging way.


“Hello? Are You Still There?” The Impact Of Social Media On Self-Disclosure And Reciprocity In Interpersonal Relationships: A Literature Review, Clara D. Costello 2018 Cedarville University

“Hello? Are You Still There?” The Impact Of Social Media On Self-Disclosure And Reciprocity In Interpersonal Relationships: A Literature Review, Clara D. Costello

Channels: Where Disciplines Meet

Social Media sites have become increasingly popular platforms for developing and maintaining interpersonal relationships. Although the usage of computer-mediated communication is normal in day-to-day life, the understanding behind how and why these relationships grow is scarce. This literature review considers relational elements such as self-disclosure and reciprocity, and how they are impacted by online elements such as an asynchronous context, controllability, and the disinhibition effect. Contrary to interpersonal relationships that develop in a physical context, the law of reciprocity is fulfilled and replaced by affirmation and recognition from relational partners, while self-disclosure continues to be a vital element within relationships ...


Technical Communication's Importance To Change, Crystal Michels 2018 Bowling Green State University

Technical Communication's Importance To Change, Crystal Michels

Master of Arts in English Plan II Graduate Projects

This portfolio explores the shifts in ideas thanks to technical communication. From considering humans in creating design to considering new teaching methods to technical communication and continuing onto changes made in the space program, technical communication remains part of these shifts. The portfolio examines what needs to be adjusted when exploring technical communication's impact and how to improve the viewpoint of it.


The Biography Of Dr. Joseph Mbelolo Ya Mpiku: A Congolese True To His Roots, Looking Beyond The World He Lives In., Zola Matingu 2018 Kennesaw State University

The Biography Of Dr. Joseph Mbelolo Ya Mpiku: A Congolese True To His Roots, Looking Beyond The World He Lives In., Zola Matingu

Master of Arts in Professional Writing Capstones

This is the biography of Dr. Joseph Mbelolo Ya Mpiku, a Congolese man who has lived in three different countries, on three different continents, immersed in three different cultures. His life experiences enriched his knowledge of other cultures, and his own culture kept him grounded in his identity.

His story can be relatable to people from various cultures across generations, as culture is a key element of the way an individual sees and defines himself. A culture doesn't just benefit those from where it originated; it can be shared to enrich the human experience, not just in the differences ...


A Word From The Writing Team (April 2018), Jennifer Wilson, MS, ELS 2018 Thomas Jefferson University

A Word From The Writing Team (April 2018), Jennifer Wilson, Ms, Els

A Word From the Writing Team (Newsletter)

This issue includes:

  • Our New Name
  • Now Offering Group Consultations
  • Writing Café


Hand Annotation And Reliability: Corpus Linguistic Approaches To Teaching And Studying Writing, Brian Larson 2018 Texas A&M University School of Law

Hand Annotation And Reliability: Corpus Linguistic Approaches To Teaching And Studying Writing, Brian Larson

Brian Larson

If I say “He’s an eligible BLANK,” you’re likely to complete the sentence with “bachelor.” The fact that “eligible” and “bachelor” often appear together--in corpus-linguistic terms, they are collocated--tells us something about the meaning of “bachelor” that is not in its dictionary definition and related social values (e.g., gendered ones, in this example). This workshop, sponsored by the Linguistics, Language, and Writing (LLW) Standing Group, used hands-on activities to introduce theories and methods of corpus-linguistic analysis for various purposes, genres, and sub-fields within writing studies. Facilitators guided attendees through examples of the use of corpus methods in ...


The Walking Dead Genealogy: Unsubstantiated Criticisms Of Qualitative Data Analysis Software (Qdas) And The Failure To Put Them To Rest, Kristi Jackson, Trena Paulus, Nicholas H. Woolf 2018 Queri

The Walking Dead Genealogy: Unsubstantiated Criticisms Of Qualitative Data Analysis Software (Qdas) And The Failure To Put Them To Rest, Kristi Jackson, Trena Paulus, Nicholas H. Woolf

The Qualitative Report

The authors conduct an exposé on the deterministic denunciations of Qualitative Data Analysis Software (QDAS) and how citation errors keep these criticisms alive. They use a zombie metaphor to describe more than two decades of battling these seemingly mindless assessments of QDAS that keep coming –despite their decay – and simply will not die. Focusing exclusively on the criticism of separation/distancing, which alleges that the computer and the software interfere with the researcher’s familiarity with the data, the authors trace one current strand of this criticism through a literature genealogy. Three citation errors (half-truth, proxy, and hearsay) are identified ...


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