Fall 2014
This course begins as a practicum in which students learn the principles and practices of comprehensive editing, copyediting, and proofreading print and digital copy. Later in the semester, the course shifts to a workshop in which to generate and edit content for MUSE magazine, a celebration of the College of Fine Arts and Communication and its role as a hub for the arts in the community and region.


Introduction to Rhetoric
See Spring 2014.

Spring 2014
Discourse Analysis
An introduction to a variety of methods for analyzing language in use, identifying patterns in spoken and written language and making claims about how those discursive patterns make meaning with social, cultural, and practical consequences in the world.


Introduction to Rhetoric (WRTG 2325, UCA)
A revised version of Fall 2013’s course, this version of Introduction to Rhetoric focuses on the ethical questions surrounding persuasion, and fulfills the UCA Core Responsible Living requirement. Students write 3 rhetorical analyses, using the frameworks of rhetorical situation, Aristotle’s appeals, and style, respectively. The final project requires that students reflect upon the idea of “a good man speaking well,” drawing from one of the previous analyses.

Fall 2013

Writing for Digital Media I (WRTG 3305, UCA)
The first in a 3-course series in writing for digital media, this course is a core requirement for both the Professional Writing and General Writing tracks. Students learn the basics of digital media rhetorics, particularly distribution and design. Projects include an ongoing blog, a Prezi inspired by Turkle’s concept of the evocative object, an infographic representing a data set of the students’ choice, and a screencast tutorial.

Digital Media I course site

Introduction to Rhetoric (WRTG 2325, UCA)
A core course for the Professional and General Writing tracks, Introduction to Rhetoric provides students with a survey of rhetorical history and theory; introduces current and recurring conceptual conflicts within the discipline. Projects include two rhetorical analyses, a presentation on a classical term or concept, and a presentation on an assigned article or chapter.


Academic Research and Writing (WRTG 1320, UCA)
The second in a two-course composition sequence and part of the newly-revised UCA Undergraduate Core, WRTG 1320 focuses on traditional academic research papers.


Selected Previous Courses
Technical Writing (ENGL 421, Purdue)
Technical Writing focuses on information design, usability, and translating specialized information for general audiences. Projects include technical definitions, technical descriptions, and print and video instruction sets.

Business Writing (ENGL 420, Purdue)
Business Writing was built around the theme of social media. Students researched use of social media in business, and collaborated to build a social media plan for a hypothetical client, while gaining practice in frequently-used genres of business communication.