Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition: News
Krista Kennedy Publishes Book
In Textual Curation: Authorship, Agency, and Technology in Wikipedia and the Chambers’ Cyclopedia, published this month by University of South Carolina Press, Krista Kennedy describes the editing and production process of Cyclopædia and Wikipedia. Both collaborative collections of knowledge raise questions about the ways writers interact with technology, . . . more
Nonfiction Reading Series Fall 2016—Annie Liontas and Jeff Parker
Thursday, November 17
500 Hall of Languages
Please join the Nonfiction Reading Series for a reading and discussion by Annie Liontas and Jeff Parker, editors of A Manner of Being: Writers on their Mentors. Following the reading, there will be a reception and book signing. This reading is free and open to the public.
Nonfiction Reading Series—Nancy Sherman
A Reading and Discussion with Nancy Sherman
207 Hall of Languages
Please join the Nonfiction Reading Series and the Moral Injury Project of Syracuse University for a reading and discussion by Dr. Nancy Sherman, author of Afterwar and the Untold War on Friday, October 14th, from 2:30-4:00 p.m. in 207 Hall of Languages. Following her reading, there will be a reception and book signing. This reading is free and open to the public.
Morgan Conover Named Outstanding Major
Morgan Conover has been named the 2016 Carol Lipson Outstanding Writing Major for 2016 . . . . more
The Class of 2016
Patrick Berry Recipient of Meredith Teaching Recognition Award
The Writing Program is pleased to announce that Patrick Berry has been named as one of this year’s Meredith Teaching Recognition Award recipients. This award is given annually to a small number of non-tenured faculty members across the university.
In her nomination of Patrick for this award, Writing Program Director and Chair Lois Agnew writes, "Patrick joined the Writing Program faculty in the fall of 2011, and his remarkable impact on the teaching culture of our program began immediately. His creativity, collaborative spirit, and commitment to students are truly extraordinary . . . ." more
April Alum Updates from Shanelle Drakeford ('15) and Timothy Larach ('15)
"In short, I create headlines, descriptions, and manage metadata for content featured on Verizon's new app, go90," says Shanelle Drakeford ('15) of her work as a Digital Content Specialist. more
As an Associate Economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in the Financial Markets Group of Economic Research department, Timothy Larach ('15) studies clearing and settlement operations in Chicago derivatives exchanges and clearinghouses. more
Outstanding TA Award: Tamara Bassam Issak
Congratulations to Tamara Bassam Issak, doctoral candidate in the Composition and Cultural Rhetoric program, for being awarded a 2016 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. The award recognizes teaching assistants who demonstrate excellence in teaching. Selection for the Outstanding TA award is made by a university-wide committee of faculty recognized for their teaching excellence, and is given to approximately the top 4% of all TAs campus wide . . . more
Jess Pauszek Wins the Mary Hatch Marshall Award
The Writing Program and the Composition and Cultural Rhetoric program are pleased to announce that Jess Pauszek has won the 2016 Mary Hatch Marshall Award for the best essay written by a graduate student in the humanities . . . more.
WP to Send 18 to CCCC 2016
The Writing Program is pleased to announce that 18 WP teachers will represent SU at the annual Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) in Houston in April. The theme of the 2016 conference is "Writing Strategies for Action." more
A March alum update from Mary Gallagher ('08) . . . .
In her position as Manager of The Center for Academic Success at The Universities at Shady Grove, Mary Gallagher ('08) works in the "academic support center (basically your writing center, tutoring center, learning center, etc. all folded into one department) at a unique institution which serves a 100% transfer student population. Within CAS, I plan, customize, and provide a variety of support services geared to our transfer students, from one-on-one writing consultations to eight-week GRE preparation workshop series. I plan strategic programming and train and supervise student leaders who provide peer-to-peer support, including Writing Fellows, supplemental instruction programs, graduate writing groups, etc. . . ." more
February Alum Updates from Padraic Kane ('15) and Brianna Edgerley-Dallal ('14)
Padraic Kane ('15) is currently a graduate student in SU's Media and Education Program, a joint master’s program with Newhouse School Of Public Communications and the School of Education’s Cultural Foundations of Education program. more
Brianna Edgerley-Dallal ('14) is a Proposal and Marketing Writer at Novitex Enterprise Solutions, Inc. She says, "I participate in the writing of all outbound language to ensure it meets compliance and brand standards. I work mostly with sales and technical solution teams to design sales proposals for document management clients." more
3 Named HASTAC Scholars
The Composition and Cultural Rhetoric program is pleased to announce that Jason Markins, Jess Pauszek, and Jana Rosinski have been named HASTAC scholars for 2015-2016 . . . . more
Nonfiction Reading Series—Veterans Day Reading November 11
As part of the Nonfiction Reading Series this year, our writing group is holding a Veterans Day/November 11th reading in 207 Hall of Languages from 7:00-8:30 p.m. The theme of the reading is "What Did You Carry Then, What Do You Carry Now?" Members of the Syracuse Veterans' Writing Group will read works of poetry and creative nonfiction exploring the themes of war, loss, and moral injury. All too often Veterans Day events focus on parades and pageantry and are short on the voices and stories of veterans. We invite you and your students to attend and listen to what this group of veterans want to share about their experiences.
This event is co-sponsored by the Writing Program's Nonfiction Series and the Moral Injury Project of Hendricks Chapel.
Parks Appointed Editor of Writing & Rhetoric Series
Steve Parks, associate professor of writing and rhetoric in Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences, is the newly appointed editor of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC)'s "Studies in Writing and Rhetoric" series, a group of publications devoted to the teaching of writing and rhetoric at the college level. Read more about the appointment in the Arts and Sciences news article.
Lois Agnew is the recipient of the 2015 William Wasserstrom Prize
Associate professor and chair of The Writing Program, Agnew is the recipient of the 2015 William Wasserstrom Prize for the Teaching of Graduate Students. The Wasserstrom Prize is named for the great English professor at the University who died in 1985. Read the Arts and Sciences news article for more information.
Rachael Shapiro Named Outstanding TA
Congratulations to Rachael Shapiro, doctoral candidate in the Composition and Cultural Rhetoric program, for being awarded a 2015 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. The award recognizes teaching assistants who demonstrate excellence in teaching . . . . more.
Schell Named Meredith Professor for 2015-16
Eileen Schell, associate professor in the writing program in the College of Arts and Sciences, was named as a 2015-16 Laura and L. Douglas Meredith Professors of Teaching Excellence at a ceremony on Monday, April 13, at 4:30 p.m. in Goldstein Alumni and Faculty Center. Read more in the SU news article.
Syracuse University News Begins Series with The Writing Center
"In collaboration with the Writing Center, Syracuse University News is starting a new series of stories, Tips for Better Writing, focusing on skills, techniques and suggestions for better writing. This first piece highlights the work of the Writing Center consultants who assist thousands of students every year." . . . . more.
CCR/WP to Send 20 to CCCC 2015
CCR/WP to Send 20 to CCCC 2015
The Writing Program is pleased to announce that 20 WP teachers will represent SU at the annual Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) in Tampa in March. The theme of the 2015 conference is "Risk and Reward." . . . . more.
Writing In-Between, Living In-Between
Writing In-Between, Living In-Between: A Creative Nonfiction Reading on the Occasion of Professor Minnie Bruce Pratt's Retirement . . . . more.
Fall 2014 WPSO Social Event Recap
On Thursday, November 20, 2014, current and prospective students, faculty, and friends of the Writing and Rhetoric major and minor gathered for the first annual Writing Program Student Organization (WPSO) social event . . . . more.
Syracuse Scholar: Maryann Akinboyewa '15
Maryann Akinboyewa of Bowie, Md., is a senior marketing management major in the Whitman School of Management and a writing and rhetoric major in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is a 2014-15 Remembrance Scholar and was recently chosen as a member of the American Association of University Women’s National Student Advisory Council . . . . more.
Veterans' Writing Group Featured
The Syracuse Veterans' Writing Group, co-led by Eileen Schell and Ivy Kleinbart, was featured recently on WRVO . . . . more.
Finding a Home
"If someone had told me entering freshman year that I would graduate SU with a major in Writing and Rhetoric and a minor in LGBT Studies, I don't think I would have believed them," says 2014 Carol Lipson Outstanding Writing Major Award recipient Nicky Zamoida . . . . more.
LaToya Sawyer Awarded NCTE Grant
LaToya Sawyer has been awarded a 2014-2016 NCTE Research Foundation's Cultivating New Voices Among Scholars of Color Grant. The Cultivating New Voices program is "designed to provide two years of support, mentoring, and networking opportunities for early career scholars of color . . . . more.
Creative Nonfiction from Student Writers
On Thursday April 10th, eleven students read pieces of their own work at the annual Nonfiction Reading Series Student Nonfiction Reading, hosted by The Writing Program. Professor Minnie Bruce Pratt and Ivy Kleinbart co-coordinators of the Student Nonfiction Reading, and Professor Eileen Schell, founder and coordinator of the Nonfiction Reading Series, organized the event . . . . more
Dougherty Named Outstanding TA
Congratulations to Tim Dougherty, doctoral candidate in the Composition and Cultural Rhetoric program, for being awarded a 2014 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. The award recognizes teaching assistants who demonstrate excellence in significant instructional capacities. Selection for the Outstanding TA award is made by a university-wide committee of faculty recognized for their teaching excellence, and is given to approximately the top 4% of all TAs campus wide. . . . more.
Focus on WRT 340: Intertext
Professor Patrick Berry left a career in publishing to become an academic, but now that industry experience is crucial in his WRT 340: Advanced Editing Studio course, which helps to provide students with publishing experience as they spend the semester creating Intertext, a publication showcasing outstanding writing from across all WRT courses. Berry is the sixth Intertext teacher since the publication began in 1993. He says that the Intertext course is one of his favorites to teach, since it allows him to create a classroom environment that combines the real-world experiences of working in publishing with a close focus on editing . . . . more
Spring Conference Focuses on Genre
On April 3, Amy Devitt, Professor of English at the University of Kansas, visited campus as part of the Writing Program’s annual spring conference. In "Understanding Genres as Culturally Meaningful Actions," Professor Devitt explained how teaching with genre can be more rhetorical and cultural than simply focusing on static forms and conventions. Devitt argued that we should teach genre as a form of social action. . . . more
Scott and Co-Author Selected for Braddock Award
The Writing Program is pleased to announce that Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies Tony Scott and his co-author, Lil Brannon, have been selected for the 2014 Braddock Award for their article, "Democracy, Struggle, and the Praxis of Assessment," which was published in the December 2013 issue of College Composition and Communication. . . . more.
Graduate Students Explore This Rhetorical Life
We know podcasts as a useful and interesting way to learn about the world and remain current on contemporary conversations in our fields. A group of Composition & Cultural Rhetoric students is taking up the power of the medium to explore issues, focusing on rhetorical analyses of contemporary public events and academic trends in the field of writing studies. Because the goal of creating the podcast is to merge their scholarly work with everyday life and current events, the group chose a name that echoed NPR’s popular This American Life program. . . . more.
CCR/WP to Send 27 to CCCC 2014
The Writing Program is pleased to announce that 27 WP teachers will represent SU at the annual Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) in Indianapolis in March. The theme of the 2014 conference is "Open | Source(s), Access, Futures." . . . . more
Nonfiction Reading Series: Cheryl Strayed on November 20
Cheryl Strayed is the author of #1 New York Times bestseller Wild, the New York Times bestseller Tiny Beautiful Things, and the novel Torch. Wild was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her first selection for Oprah's Book Club 2.0 and optioned for film . . . .more.
The Right Place: Jayme Brown
Jayme Brown came to Syracuse University to be a broadcast journalist; she says that the plan was that someday she would sit behind the ESPN SportsCenter desk and yell about the New York Yankees. Instead, Jayme found her way to the Writing & Rhetoric major, and in 2013 she was awarded the Carol Lipson Award for Outstanding Major. . . . .more.
Nonfiction Reading Series: Melissa Febos
The Writing Program is pleased to announce that the first Nonfiction Reading Series reader of Fall 2013 will be Melissa Febos, author of Whip-Smart: The True Story of a Secret Life (2010, St. Martin's Press). Febos will be reading from her fearless and illuminating memoir about working as a dominatrix at a Manhattan dungeon . . . . more.
Rhetorical Listening & Composition Series Begins October 2
This three-part interdisciplinary speaker series aims to recover listening in the study and teaching of writing across diverse fields and genres. From Sondra Perl’s exploration of active listening and felt sense to Gesa E. Kirsch’s examination of mindfulness and feminist rhetorical traditions to Krista Ratcliffe’s articulation of . . . . .more.
Howard and Kennedy Publish Special Issue of College English
The Writing Program is pleased to announce that Professors Rebecca Moore Howard and Krista Kennedy have recently published a special issue of College English focusing on Western Cultures of Intellectual Property. The May 2013 issue, which features new work from Andrea Lunsford, Jenn Fishman, Warren Liew, Danielle DeVoss, Jessica Reyman, and John Logie, offers wide-ranging, provocative explorations of intellectual property as a cultural artifact during the twentieth century. . . . more
Kevin A. Browne Publishes Tropic Tendencies
The Writing Program is pleased to announce the publication of Tropic Tendencies: Rhetoric, Popular Culture, and the Anglophone Caribbean by Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric Kevin A. Browne. The book is published by the University of Pittsburgh Press . . . .more.
WP Welcomes New Academic Coordinator
The Writing Program is pleased to welcome our new Academic Coordinator, Martha K. Love. Martha has worked at Syracuse University for eight years, first in Parking Services and for the past five years as an office coordinator for the School of Social Work, where her job responsibilities included planning events, troubleshooting technological issues, organizing the graduate admission process, managing course evaluation, supporting departmental committees, and scheduling rooms . . . . more
Dougherty Chosen for CWPA Award for Graduate Writing in WPA Studies
Congratulations to Tim Dougherty, doctoral candidate in the Composition and Cultural Rhetoric Program, for being awarded the 2013 Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA) Award for Graduate Student Writing in WPA Studies . . . . more.
Connecting the Dots
Acclaimed travel writer and lyric essayist Brad Herzog was the final reader of the academic year in the Writing Program’s Nonfiction Reading Series. Herzog read from his memoir Turn Left at the Trojan Horse, the third in his trilogy of travel memoirs that chronicle his experiences traveling across the continental United States in a RV . . . . more.
Outstanding TA 2013
Congratulations to Kate Navickas, doctoral candidate in the Composition and Cultural Rhetoric program, for being awarded a 2013 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. The award recognizes teaching assistants who demonstrate excellence in significant instructional capacities. . . . more.
Spring Conference Features Paul Kei Matsuda
On April 4 and 5, Paul Kei Matsuda, Professor of English and Director of Second Language Writing at Arizona State University, visited campus as part of the Writing Program’s annual spring conference. Professor Matsuda’s keynote address, “Reimagining Student Writers in the Global U.S. Higher Education,” discussed the implications of globalization for U.S. higher education, with a focus on the role of writing instruction for an increasingly diverse and global student population. Professor Matsuda, who describes himself as a “second-language writer and proud of it,” . . . . more
Outstanding Major 2013
Writing and Rhetoric Major Jayme Brown is the 2013 recipient of the Carol Lipson Outstanding Writing Major Award. The award is given annually to a student with a strong record in both academics and departmental/community service. . . . more.
Creative Nonfiction from Student Writers
On Wednesday, March 27th, nine students read from their work as part of a Nonfiction Reading Series event featuring creative nonfiction from undergraduate and graduate student writers. The event, which was organized by Professor Minnie Bruce Pratt, Associate Professor and Nonfiction Reading Series co-chair Eileen Schell, and Professional Writing Instructor and Nonfiction Reading Series co-chair Ivy Kleinbart, showcased the work . . . . more
Transnational Literate Lives in Digital Times Winner of Two National Awards
The Writing Program is pleased to announce that Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric Patrick W. Berry's Transnational Literate Lives in Digital Times—coauthored by Gail E. Hawisher, and Cynthia L. Selfe—is the recipient of two prestigious national awardsat the 2013 College Composition and Communication Conference. . . . more
Parks and Bailie Co-Edit Anthology
The Writing Program and the Composition and Cultural Rhetoric program are pleased to announce that Associate Professor Steve Parks and CCR PhD candidate Brian Bailie have edited The Best of the Independent Rhetoric and Composition Journals 2011. The book, co-edited with Brenda Glascott, Heather Christiansen, and Stacey Waite, is an anthology which represents the result of a nationwide conversation—beginning with journal editors, but expanding to teachers, scholars and workers across the discipline of Rhetoric and Composition . . . . more
CCR/WP To Have Strong Presence at CCCC 2013
The Writing Program is pleased to announce that 22 WP teachers will represent SU at the annual Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) in Las Vegas in March. The theme of the 2013 conference is "The Public Work of Composition". . . . more
CCR in London
On November 16, 2013, the Federation of Worker Writers and Community Publishers (now called The Fed), hosted their annualWriting Festival in London, England. Jess Pauszek co-led a workshop with London native, Lucy Parker, entitled "Archiving the Fed Histories. "This workshop was aimed toward thinking through the history of this network of community writing groups and how it should be archived in both digital and physical spaces . . . . more
An Unseen Wound
Dr. James (Jim) Johnson kicked off the first Nonfiction Reading Series event of 2013 with a powerful reading from his book Combat Trauma: A Personal Look at Long-term Consequences. Joined by combat brothers and members of the Syracuse Veterans' Writing Group, Johnson, a chaplain during the Vietnam War, offered a moving account of living with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) . . . . more
Brooke Accepts National Position for RSA
Associate Professor Collin Gifford Brooke has been chosen as the inaugural Director of Electronic Resources for the Rhetoric Society of America. Stating why he chose to take the position, Collin writes: "I think one of the things that pushed me into applying and accepting the position, though,was that I still believe that there are a lot of changes that could take place within our professional organizations, many of which are related to the work I do in rhetoric and technology . . . ." more
Grad Students Edit Revolution By Love
The Writing Program is pleased to announce the publication of Revolution by Love: Emerging Arab Youth Voices, a book co-edited by three Composition and Cultural Rhertoric graduate students: Lindsey Banister, Tamara Issak, and Theresa Keicher. This project, which offers personal narratives from activists involved in the Arab Spring, . . . . more.
Like You’re Not Afraid
The author of three New York Times best-selling memoirs, Mary Karr encourages her students to “write what’s true; write like you’re not afraid.” In an event co-sponsored by the Raymond Carver Reading Series and the Nonfiction Reading Series, Karr offered a number of insights into her own writing and read from her work . . . . more
Lois Agnew Publishes Thomas De Quincey: British Rhetoric’s Romantic Turn
The Writing Program is pleased to announce that Director and Chair Lois Agnew has recently published Thomas De Quincey: British Rhetoric’s Romantic Turn. The book is part of the Southern Illinois University Press Rhetoric in the Modern Era series. . . . more
What It Means: Benjamin Zender Receives Award for Outstanding Major
Benjamin Zender describes his first Writing course as “scary, rewarding, and thrilling.” That course, a Maymester creative nonfiction class with Professor Minnie Bruce Pratt, taught him to approach his own writing differently. “It was just so freeing,” Benjamin says. “For the first time I was typing furiously without hitting the backspace key a million times. And by the end of it I had produced things that I was proud of and that spoke to me.” . . . . more
CCR Alumna Tamika Carey Elected To National Office
2010 CCR Alumna Tamika Carey has been elected to the Executive Committee of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). While in our program, Tamika completed a dissertation entitled, “Vision, Voice, and Rhetorics of Healing: Towards a Black Feminist Rhetorical Analysis.” . . . . more