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Defining Success In Service-Learning, Vikram N. Gill May 2019

Defining Success In Service-Learning, Vikram N. Gill

2019 Symposium

Service-learning allows students to interact with and support their local community while advancing necessary skills in their given field, in this case, Technical Communication. The potential benefits of service-learning include work experience for students, a dynamic and untraditional teaching experience for instructors, and the community partners gain as much, if not more, then they would from traditional, non-learning community service. However, these benefits are often incremental. For example, the community partners may only gain the additional human resources of working with students and possible exposure for their brand. Any larger or long-term goals may not be met in the short ...


Environmental Data Visualizations: Opportunities For Technical Communication Research, Alissa Schmidt May 2019

Environmental Data Visualizations: Opportunities For Technical Communication Research, Alissa Schmidt

Technical Communication Capstone Course

Environmental issues touch nearly every field. Technical communication researchers have advocated for multidisciplinary environmental communication research to effectively address the depth of environmental issues and speed at which environmental issues evolve. Visuals are often used in environmental communication to help clarify complex information. Using a multidisciplinary approach, the author utilizes secondary research to answer the question, ‘how do data visualizations support environmental communication?’ This research illustrates the value of using environmental data visualizations to add credibility and to facilitate interpretation within environmental communication. Alignment among disciplines, however, is limited in other attributes of environmental data visualizations such as representing temporal ...


Service-Learning: Effectively Transitioning Students Into The Workplace, Rachel B. Bean May 2019

Service-Learning: Effectively Transitioning Students Into The Workplace, Rachel B. Bean

2019 Symposium

Service-learning is a method of learning that is meant to integrate the needs of the community with the academic curriculum of the students. This method allows for the work of the students, emerging professionals, to be used outside of the school, serving as a test of the skills that students may have only used in a school setting. Students are assigned the task of completing a project for a community organization who is without the resources to complete the project. Matching students who need experience with community organizations who are in need of professional services is an effective method of ...


Kline & Specter: A Professional Corporation, Ibraheem Bussey Apr 2019

Kline & Specter: A Professional Corporation, Ibraheem Bussey

Media and Communication Studies Presentations

No abstract provided.


The Effects Of Social Media On College Students: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly, Emily Porter Apr 2019

The Effects Of Social Media On College Students: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly, Emily Porter

English 100 & 200 Conference

No abstract provided.


A Case Report Of Case Report Pursuit By Medical Student, Jonathan Li, Jennifer Wilson, Wayne Bond Lau Apr 2019

A Case Report Of Case Report Pursuit By Medical Student, Jonathan Li, Jennifer Wilson, Wayne Bond Lau

Student Papers & Posters

Medical students often seek case reports as vehicles for academic writing opportunities, conference presentation avenues, and residency/fellowship application highlights. Here we review a case where, due to unfortunate circumstances, a student made a unique diagnosis central to proper patient clinical care, wished to write up the case subsequently, but was ultimately excluded from the final work stemming from the patient case. We review the pitfalls that occurred in the process of pursuing publication of an interesting case, the educational value of pursuing case reports for students, the necessity for strong mentorship in this process, and general principles that medical ...


General Guides To Publish Well-Written Technical Papers, Jie Han Mar 2019

General Guides To Publish Well-Written Technical Papers, Jie Han

Invited Speakers

Technical papers are one of the important means to disseminate research results to the scientific and engineering community. They should be well written and make original contributions to the body of knowledge. Most technical papers are published after a peer-review process, which may be short or long, depending on many factors including the quality of technical contents, presentation, responses to review comments, and revisions. This webinar will first provide a brief overview of a typical publication process, key requirements for technical papers, and standards of acceptance and then focus on common issues in paper writing (including paper presentation) with general ...


Six Key Elements Of High Quality Technical Writing, Xianming Shi Mar 2019

Six Key Elements Of High Quality Technical Writing, Xianming Shi

Invited Speakers

What is the definition of “high quality”, when it comes to technical writing? What are the key elements that differentiate high-quality technical writing from the technical writing that is less effective in communicating the message? This webinar stems from the presenter’s observations and personal thoughts over the last decade or two, as an active researcher, a mentor, and a teacher in the engineering community. This webinar will be organized around six key elements or keywords identified by the presenter, i.e., innovation, engaging, hypothesis, logic, synthesis, and details.


A Word From The Writing Team (March 2019), Jennifer Wilson, Ms, Els, Pam Walter, Mfa Mar 2019

A Word From The Writing Team (March 2019), Jennifer Wilson, Ms, Els, Pam Walter, Mfa

A Word From the Writing Team (Newsletter)

This issue includes:

  • Key to Great Writing: Rewriting
  • 3-Minute Thesis Competition (3MT)
  • Upcoming Workshops


Teaching-Oriented Research, John M. Levis Mar 2019

Teaching-Oriented Research, John M. Levis

English Publications

This paper examines some of the factors that make for a good teaching-oriented paper, in which research and practice are most clearly connected. Such papers have clear research questions, explicit and systematic approaches to teaching and learning for experimental and control groups, improvement measured by pre and posttests, and well-developed teaching implications. Various papers from different journals are used to illustrate the characteristics of successful teaching-oriented papers.


Integrating Language, Content, Technology, And Skills Development Through Project-Based Language Learning: Blending Frameworks For Successful Unit Planning, Tammy Slater, Gulbahar H. Beckett Feb 2019

Integrating Language, Content, Technology, And Skills Development Through Project-Based Language Learning: Blending Frameworks For Successful Unit Planning, Tammy Slater, Gulbahar H. Beckett

English Publications

In this article, the authors first summarize the literature on project-based language learning (PBLL), a sound approach to second language teaching, addressing its various benefits such as providing opportunities to develop language authentically in real-world contexts, building decision-making and problem-solving skills, and developing content knowledge. In acknowledging reports that have also suggested that students can struggle to see how language is being developed through PBLL, the authors then argue that by looking at a project as a social practice, educators can demonstrate how language, content, and 21st century skills can be taught as an integrated whole through PBLL. They describe ...


Workplace Democracy And The Problem Of Equality, Jared S. Colton, Avery C. Edenfield, Steve Holmes Feb 2019

Workplace Democracy And The Problem Of Equality, Jared S. Colton, Avery C. Edenfield, Steve Holmes

English Faculty Publications

Purpose: Professional communicators are becoming more invested in unique configurations of power in organizations, including non-hierarchical and democratic workplaces. While organizations dedicated to democratic processes may enact power differently than conventional organizations, they may fall short of practicing equality. This article explains the differences in non-hierarchical workplaces, considers businesses where democracy is a goal, and argues for considering equality as a habitual practice, particularly when writing regulatory documents.

Method: We conduct a review of the literature on non-hierarchical workplaces and organizational democracy, applying Jacques Rancière’s concept of equality to two examples (one using primary data collection and one using ...


Lessons In Productivity: What I Learned By Writing For 30 Minutes A Day, Mary Stenson Jan 2019

Lessons In Productivity: What I Learned By Writing For 30 Minutes A Day, Mary Stenson

Forum Lectures

Too often our scholarly and creative work takes a back seat to components of our jobs with built in accountability like teaching and service. During the fall 2018 semester, I participated in the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity's Faculty Success Program. The program emphasizes scholarly productivity and encourages work-life balance. The core component of the program is developing a daily writing practice. The program encourages participants to write for 30 minutes per day. NCFDD founder, Kerry Ann Rockquemore defines writing as "anything between the spark of an idea and a manuscript out the door." In this forum ...


A Word From The Writing Team (January 2019), Jennifer Wilson, Ms, Els, Pam Walter, Mfa Jan 2019

A Word From The Writing Team (January 2019), Jennifer Wilson, Ms, Els, Pam Walter, Mfa

A Word From the Writing Team (Newsletter)

This issue includes:

  • Grammarly Tips
  • Expanded NVivo Access
  • Upcoming Workshops


Beasts Of The Southern Wild And Indigenous Communities In The Age Of The Sixth Extinction, Brianna R. Burke Jan 2019

Beasts Of The Southern Wild And Indigenous Communities In The Age Of The Sixth Extinction, Brianna R. Burke

English Publications

Island Road in Louisiana seems to lead to nowhere. An hour and forty minutes southwest of New Orleans, deep in the bayou, Island Road was built on marshlands in 1953, but in the sixty years since, those have melted into the sea. Now hemmed in by water on both sides, for portions of the year Island Road is flooded and impassable, and it dead- ends into the Gulf of Mexico; not much to see and no reason to go out there, or so some folks might think. In fact, many think it is “irresponsible” to live in such a place ...


Visionaries Of The Road, Storm A. Wright Dec 2018

Visionaries Of The Road, Storm A. Wright

English Department: Traveling American Modernism (ENG 366, Fall 2018)

What is space? It is a personal concept that people develop while on journeys toward discovery. Through means both intentional and not, that space can be shared with the world and make the knowledge gained on the journey available to anyone with the same curiosities. By looking into the travels of Ezra Meeker on the Oregon Trail, Horatio Nelson Jackson across country, and William Least Heat-Moon on the blue highway, space can be conceptualized and understood as these three men allow us to understand them through their own words and experiences.


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

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

A Word From the Writing Team (Newsletter)

This issue includes:

  • January Writing Retreat
  • Find the Time Workshop


Aproximación Didáctica Al Apendizaje De Las Funciones Retóricas De Las Citas En El Discurso Académico Universitario, David Sánchez-Jiménez Dec 2018

Aproximación Didáctica Al Apendizaje De Las Funciones Retóricas De Las Citas En El Discurso Académico Universitario, David Sánchez-Jiménez

Publications and Research

El presente estudio investiga cómo conciben la práctica de la citación en el contexto académico dos comunidades sociales de distinta nacionalidad (estadounidense, española). Para estudiar este fenómeno se realizó un análisis contrastivo utilizando la metodología del análisis textual computarizado de las funciones retóricas de las citas en la escritura de un trabajo de investigación universitario de máster realizado por 8 estudiantes estadounidenses y 8 españoles en su lengua nativa, ordenadas estas en una tipología clasificadora de 9 categorías.

Los resultados obtenidos en la investigación mostraron que las diferentes convenciones culturales implicadas en la composición de las memorias estudiadas responden a ...


Estudio Contrastivo Intercultural De Las Funciones Retóricas De Las Citas: La Producción De Textos Académicos En El Nivel De Posgrado Escritos En Español E Inglés, David Sánchez-Jiménez Dec 2018

Estudio Contrastivo Intercultural De Las Funciones Retóricas De Las Citas: La Producción De Textos Académicos En El Nivel De Posgrado Escritos En Español E Inglés, David Sánchez-Jiménez

Publications and Research

The main objective of this research is to discover which rhetorical functions were used in the Master´s thesis writing written by eight (8) American and eight (8) Spanish postgraduates in their na-tive language. A computerized tex-tual analysis of the rhetorical func-tion of citation was used to study this phenomenon (Petrić, 2007). The results obtained from the re-search showed that the different cultural conventions in the thesis writing indicate that when com-pared with native Spanish writers, the American writers of English use the highest number of cita-tions, and write a relatively longer Introduction and Conclusion parts. On the other hand ...


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

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

A Word From the Writing Team (Newsletter)

This issue includes:

  • New! Open Access Funds Available
  • January Writing Retreat
  • A Thanksgiving Thought


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

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

A Word From the Writing Team (Newsletter)

This issue includes:

  • Writing Lessons from Ted-Ed
  • WHYY's Maiken Scott on Communicating Science
  • Paywall: The Business of Scholarship


Fiqws 10105 Killer Stories Composition, Caroline M. Cooper Ms. Oct 2018

Fiqws 10105 Killer Stories Composition, Caroline M. Cooper Ms.

Open Educational Resources

This syllabus is intended to be used in conjunction with the CCNY course Killer Stories, a dual class focusing on reading, writing, and discussion of key issues raised in texts that feature killing. This syllabus represents the intended course of study for the composition section of the course, in which students develop and refine their argumentative writing skills in response to the texts.


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

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

A Word From the Writing Team (Newsletter)

This issue includes:

  • Boost Your Communication Skills with Nature
  • Win a Prize for Writing About Health Care


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

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 Jun 2018

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 Jun 2018

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 Jun 2018

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

Academic Excellence Showcase Proceedings

No abstract provided.


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

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


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

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


A Word From The Writing Center (March 2018), Jennifer Wilson, Ms, Els Mar 2018

A Word From The Writing Center (March 2018), Jennifer Wilson, Ms, Els

A Word From the Writing Team (Newsletter)

This issue includes:

  • Writing Center News
  • Resources for Writing and Publishing
  • Writing Café