Fall 2016 Graduate Course Offerings—RPC

ENGL 500.  Proseminar: Teaching English Composition

Instructors: Barb Blakely, Barbara Haas, Michelle Tremmel, Amy Walton

Required of all new English Department ISUComm Foundation Courses graduate teaching assistants.  Introduction to the teaching of ISUComm Foundation Courses.  Foundational and relevant newer composition theory and pedagogical methods related to ISUComm Foundation Courses objectives and their classroom enactment, including development of communication assignments and supporting activities, and evaluation of student communication projects incorporating visual elements and oral presentations.  Specifically, the proseminar will have the following objectives: 1) to familiarize the new TA with course objectives and procedures for ISUComm Foundation Courses at Iowa State University, as well as give the TA practical guidance in managing the classroom; 2) to introduce the new TA to theories and their resulting pedagogical approaches relevant to teaching ISUComm Foundation Courses; 3) to give the new TA guidelines for developing assignments, teaching materials, and syllabi consistent with the goals and objectives of English 150/250 at ISU.

ENGL 504.  Teaching Business and Technical Communication

Instructors: Jenny Aune and Jo Mackiewicz

This class is the one you will need if you want to teach in the Advanced Communication program (English 302, 309, 312, and 314). You can take the class concurrent with teaching sections of Advanced Comm courses.

We have revised the course content so that it will also interest those who would like to teach business and technical communication classes in a community college (e.g., RCPC students after graduation) and those who are interested in teaching in industry (i.e., training). We’ll cover curriculum planning, assignment design, responding to student work, assessment of student work, and distance (online) teaching.

ENGL 542. Document Design for Professional Communication

Instructor: Geoff Sauer

Overview of the principles of desktop publishing as practiced in the field of technical communication. Focus on theories of print document design and project management, as well as digital prepress techniques employed to produce documents using external print services. Requires extensive use of current desktop publishing software.

ENGL 547. The History of Rhetorical Theory I: From Plato to Bacon

Instructor: Benjamin Crosby

Rhetorical theory from the classical period of ancient Greece and Rome through the Middle Ages to the early Renaissance; attention to its relation to the nature of knowledge, communication, practice, and pedagogy.

ENGL 587. Internship in Business, Technical, and Professional Communication

Instructor: David Roberts

Prereq: ENGL 507 plus 3 additional graduate credits in business and technical writing or composition and rhetoric, permission of instructor. Limited to master’s and doctoral degree candidates in the field of rhetoric and professional communication. An opportunity to write, edit, and design business and technical documents in a professional setting.

ENGL 592B. Core Studies in Rhetoric and Professional Communication: Visual Rhetoric

Instructor: Margaret LaWare

Prereq: 12 credits in rhetoric, linguistics, or literature, excluding ENGL 150 and ENGL 250
Seminar on topics central to the fields of rhetoric and professional communication or composition.

ENGL 611. Social Justice Rhetorics

Instructor: Abby Dubisar

In her December 2010 College Composition, and Communication review essay, “The Rhetoric of Social Movements Revisited,” Lynée Lewis Gaillet concludes with a call for action. This call, directed toward individuals who study social movement rhetoric, suggests, “we must become members of the organizations we critique, work from within our areas of interests and expertise, and embody our thoughts and opinions in order to have real agency or hope for sustaining social action. The future depends upon teaching and modeling for our students these engaged and performative skills.” In the spirit of this urging, students in this course will study historical and contemporary social justice rhetorics, addressing both our research and our teaching.

In an effort to better understand the political implications of studying rhetoric and the current theoretical perspectives available to address an increasingly changing and transnational rhetorical landscape, this course will engage with studies of the rhetorical dimensions of activism, social and political change, and issues of justice. This course will discuss the binary distinction of whether rhetoric and its study reinforces notions of the status quo or liberates and expands arguments to be used for radical and emancipatory ends. As well as studying sites of activism outside the academy (such as, depending on students’ research interests, the sustainable food movement, Black Lives Matter, the animal liberation movement, the antiwar movement, the movement for marriage equality, and more), this course will analyze the current influences on rhetorical theory and methodology of transnational feminist rhetoric, disability studies, and eco-composition, among others.

Potential texts:
Del, Gandio J. Rhetoric for Radicals: A Handbook for 21st Century Activists. 2008.

Dolmage, Jay. Disability Rhetoric. 2013.

Fleckenstein, Kristie S. Vision, Rhetoric, and Social Action in the Composition Classroom. 2010.

Gorsevski, Ellen. Peaceful Persuasion: The Geopolitics of Nonviolent Rhetoric. 2004.

Inoue, Asao B. Antiracist Writing Assessment Ecologies: Teaching and Assessing Writing for a  Socially Just Future. 2015.

Kahn, Seth, and JongHwa Lee. Activism and Rhetoric: Theories and Contexts for Political Engagement. 2010.

Mathieu, Paula. Tactics of Hope: The Public Turn in English Composition. 2005.

Snyder, Sharon L, Brenda J. Brueggemann, and Rosemarie Garland-Thomson. Disability   Studies: Enabling the Humanities. 2002.

Stevens, Sharon M. K, and Patricia Malesh. Active Voices: Composing a Rhetoric for Social Movements. 2009.