Comments from Instructors


rlathan.jpg"In my section of WEPO Digital Citizenship is identified as a way of understanding the complexity and issues of technology use, abuse, and misuse. As a group our aim is to teach a metacognitive awareness of the composing-designing process so that students become better writers, effective editors, and citizens of the digital universe."--Dr. Rhea Lathan, Writing and Editing in Print and Online



kfleckenstein.jpg"The best way to study rhetoric is to think like a rhetor. In other words, use the tools of rhetoric—like invention, arrangement, style, memory, and delivery—to study rhetoric. Take your inspiration from Ty Webb in Caddyshack: You have to be the rhetor." --Dr. Kristie Fleckenstein, Rhetoric




mneal.jpg"I'd encourage EWM majors to consider at least two things re: their academic careers: 1) course content (what they'll learn) and 2) course outcomes (what they'll be able to do). Both are important in different degrees depending what students hope to do after their undergraduate education. This, then, ties into the kinds of knowledges and skills that are required at the next level, whether that be for graduate schools or the variety of careers for which EWM prepares students.
--I'd also encourage students to think beyond today and even tomorrow and project forward to the types of study and work they may be doing years from now. Academic settings and structures change as do career possibilities in editing, writing, and media. If all of our attention is focused on what we look like right now and what specific skill sets are needed to succeed right now, we may not imagine ways we can be continuously learning in order to stay relevant and productive for years to come.
--Finally, I'd encourage EWM students to think about ways to bring together different disciplinary and extracurricular experiences together in their writing projects. Some of the most interesting student work I've seen so far from students comes from their varied interests and work that might initially seem less connected to English. These lived experiences can be the basis for exploration and inquiry that might lead to productive avenues for their writing and editing projects." --Dr. Michael Neal, Visual Rhetoric


ledwards.jpg"The EWM track provides students with a wonderful opportunity to explore and create innovative media. For majors, I would encourage you to learn as much as you can about the exciting theories of media and visual culture that provide critical frameworks for your studies. For topics ranging from on-line publishing to television narrative, ideas about media and storytelling can help ground your analysis." --Dr. Leigh Edwards, Media Studies