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Rhetoric Program Leadership Team (2016-2017)


Upcoming Events

New Instructor Orientation

8/16/2017 - 8/22/2017 - All Day

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Program News

Spring 2017

At the end of the semester, the work of three of Dr. Cathy Prendergast's Rhetoric 233 students was published in the Daily Illini. You can check it out here. Congratulations Danielle, Courtney, and Joe!


On March 31, 2017, Dr. Dana Ferris of UC Davis gave a workshope for Rhetoric instructors called "Understanding Errors in Student Writing: Sources, Types, and Gravity." This presentation focused on distinguishing between "accent" and "error" in the work of multilingual writers. Ferris gave instructors strategies to more equitably assess student work.

On February 17, 2017, Dr. Christie Toth of the University of Utah gave a lecture titled "Fulfilling the Promise of Open Admissions: Toward Transfer-Receptive University Writing Programs." The lecture examined the literacy practices of students navigating the transition between community colleges and four-year universities. Dr. Toth also gave a workshop for interested instructors entitled "Teaching for Critical Writing Transfer."



Fall 2016

On October 24, 2016, Dr. Mya Poe of Northeastern University gave a presentation entitled "From Vexing Questions to Intended Consequences: A Sociocultural Study of Writing Assessment." Her lecture argued for fairness as a pillar of sound writing assessment and expanded notions of how students form what she called "theories of writing." She also met with small groups of Rhetoric instructors to share her expertise and provided consulting to Engineering faculty through the AE3 program.



Fall 2015

Congratulations to the presenters at the Annual Rhetoric Conference! Students presented on a diverse array of topics to their peers and audience members from across campus. Many thanks to the instructors who volunteered to judge the presentations. Here's to next year's conference!

For more information, including a list of winners' names, please visit the Conference page.

2015-2015 Annual Rhetoric Conference Oral Presentation Second Place Winner

2015-2016 Annual Rhetoric Conference Poster Winner


Fall 2014

Professor Sandra Jamieson visited from Drew University to present her work on "Rereading Student Papers: How Citation Project Research Can Help Us Strengthen Reading and Writing Skills."

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