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October 31, 2008

Tools Courses

Do you need to learn tools such as Dreamweaver & Photoshop? There are a number of resources at the University you can take advantage of:

1.) Free courses--CLA's "Get Wired!" program

The CLA Infotech Fees Committee and the University Technology Training Center (UTTC) offer non-credit computer training to currently enrolled undergraduates in CLA. Free courses are offered at the beginning of the semester and cover tools such as Dreamweaver, XHTML/HTML, Photoshop, and MS Office.

2.) Fee courses--UTTC Short Courses
UTTC also offers the above short courses, and several others, for a fee.

3.) For credit--UC 3201 & 3202: Web Designer Introduction I & II
3201--Web design process: plan, design, launch, and publish. Design principles, business practices, site analysis. Students use industry standard Web design software, including Adobe Photoshop, Macromedia Dreamweaver, and Flash, to build Web site. HTML, CSS. Lectures, exercises, lab.
3202--Designing with Adobe Photoshop vector tools, using batch processing. Macromedia Flash as an animation tool. Developing an environment through ActionScripts. DHTML Layers, HTML frames, form processing. Internet service providers, hosting, search engines, Web site marketing.

Writing Studies staff member Shannon Klug has taken a lot of these courses. If you have any questions, she'd be happy to talk with you.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)
The goal of UROP is to help you become involved in research and creative activity to stimulate your mind, broaden your perspectives, expand your intellectual and social networking and strengthen your connections to the University of Minnesota community, as well as the research and creative communities nationally and throughout the world.
UROP provides stipends of up to $1400 and research expenses of up to $300 for undergraduate students working with a University of Minnesota Faculty Mentor. Full-time (enrolled for ≥6 credits) undergraduates enrolled in any college on any campus are eligible to apply.

October 27, 2008

Faculty Position Opening -- Professor or Associate Professor of Writing Studies

Professor or Associate Professor of Writing Studies

The Department of Writing Studies in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota invites applications for a full-time, nine-month faculty position beginning fall semester 2009 (August 31, 2009). Appointment will be made at the rank of professor with tenure or associate professor with tenure, depending on qualifications and experience and consistent with collegiate and University policy.

More Information

Required Qualifications: Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition, English, Technical Communication, or a related field, and at least six years experience in an academic position; record of scholarship and teaching that meets the criteria for tenure and appointment as professor or associate professor at the University of Minnesota; established reputation as scholar and teacher with significant and innovative research agenda and experience

Preferred Qualifications: Familiarity with and enthusiasm for providing scholarly leadership for writing studies as an emerging academic field; demonstrated ability to bring visibility to the department and its programs through a nationally recognized and ongoing research agenda; ability to contribute to the department's existing and developing undergraduate and graduate programs; demonstrated successful teaching at several levels; success in or potential for mentoring and advising graduate students. We seek the strongest candidate in writing studies regardless of sub-field; however, we have interest in the following areas: visual communication; digital literacies; technical communication; rhetoric and composition; medical or health writing. We are most strongly interested in a full professor but would consider an advanced associate professor whose record demonstrates the ability to be promoted to full professor within the year.

One of thirty departments in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, the Department of Writing Studies is the home of technical communication, first year writing, and the writing center. The department was created in 2007 and merged the faculty and programs from the former Department of Rhetoric, the first-year writing program, the writing centers, and colleagues across the university who specialize in the teaching of writing, broadly construed. The department currently offers a B.S. and M.S. in Scientific and Technical Communication, a post baccalaureate certificate in technical communication, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Communication.

Applicants must apply online. To be considered for a tenured position in Writing Studies, please see the Employment page of the College of Liberal Arts website http://cla.umn.edu/about/employment.html and follow instructions. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply immediately; review of completed applications will begin on October 27, 2008. Position will remain open until filled.

The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

October 21, 2008

Professor Berkenkotter's New Book Available

Patient Tales: Case Histories and the Uses of Narrative in Psychiatry

patienttales.gifIn this engrossing study of tales of mental illness, Carol Berkenkotter examines the evolving role of case history narratives in the growth of psychiatry as a medical profession. Patient Tales follows the development of psychiatric case histories from their origins at Edinburgh Medical School and the Royal Edinburgh Infirmary in the mid-eighteenth century to the medical records of contemporary American mental health clinics. Spanning two centuries and several disciplines, Berkenkotter's investigation illustrates how discursive changes in this genre mirrored evolving assumptions and epistemological commitments among those who cared for the mentally ill.

During the asylum era, case histories were a means by which practitioners organized and disseminated local knowledge through professional societies, affiliations, and journals. The way in which these histories were recorded was subsequently codified, giving rise to a genre. In her thorough reading of Sigmund Freud's Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria, Berkenkotter shows how this account of Freud's famous patient "Dora" led to technical innovation in the genre through the incorporation of literary devices. In the volume's final section, Berkenkotter carries the discussion forward to the present in her examination of the turn from psychoanalysis to a research-based and medically oriented classification system now utilized by the American Psychiatric Association. Throughout her work Berkenkotter stresses the value of reading case histories as an interdisciplinary bridge between the humanities and sciences.

University of South Carolina Press | Amazon

October 6, 2008

Bernadette Longo: OIT-DMC Faculty Fellow

From Bernadette Longo--

"For the next three semesters, I will be working with OIT-DMC staff as one of five UMN faculty fellows exploring opportunities in emerging learning environments, asking how we can incorporate these innovative environments more intentionally into UMN courses and programs. We have been working on this topic since August and it promises to be an exciting adventure.

"We have established a blog to invite people from UMN and anywhere else to join this exploration. We hope you will add your ideas and comments there. We are exploring a real issue that will impact the learning environment at UMN and your voice can make a difference.

"Please check the blog regularly because we will be adding posts and continuing the conversation there. And tell your friends!"

Congratulations Bernadette!

John Logie: Web comment sections, a form of free speech?

Associate Professor John Logie was recently interviewed by KARE 11 for a story about free speech and readers' comments on websites.

"Polite society depends on people not necessarily saying everything that pops into their heads," says professor John Logie, who studies the internet at the University of Minnesota.

Logie notes there's no easy solution for dealing with such rhetoric.

"I'm torn," he says. "On the one hand, there's the sort-of libertarian impulse to say, 'The more discourse, the better.' On the other hand, I wouldn't return to a site that is filled with that kind-of rhetoric.

Anonymity may be one reason people behave this way, although Logie argues it's just the perception of anonymity. Powerful search engines make it easier to uncover commenters' identities."

Read the full article and watch the video at kare11.com.