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September 26, 2011

Grad Student Kudos

Congrats to newly minted doctoral candidate, Timothy Oleksiak, whose conference paper "Multimodal Peer Review" has been accepted to the 2012 4Cs in St. Louis, MO.

Timothy was also solicited to review Sidney Dobrin et al.'s new edited collection Beyond Postprocess for possible publication in an upcoming issue of Composition Studies.

And Timothy was accepted to the 2011 Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference in Mankato, MN. His paper is titled "Limited Group: Rhetorical Listen in First-Year Writing."

Joe Weinberg has had two articles published on GradHacker:
Everything I wish I'd known, I learned at a conference
Pedagogy of Deception: tricking students into learning

and one published on The Good Man Project, with another coming some time this week:
Lost: One Testicle

Rob Baron was cited in a KARE 11 story about a recent Cisco internet study: College students value internet as much as air and food.

September 22, 2011

Current Research in Writing Studies - September 28th

Our first Current Research in Writing Studies event is September 28th from 11:45-1:30 in Nolte Center 140.

Presenting are:

Kim Thomas-Pollei, "Rhetoric, Medicine, and Emerging Scientific Knowledge: Scottish Medical Education in the Late Eighteenth Century"

Anne Lazaraton, "And worst of all, habeus was corpsed": Language play in the Daily Kos Weblog using a passive voice frame

Please attend if you can!

September 12, 2011

Congratulations Trent Kays!

Congrats to Trent Kays on a very productive summer! Recently, he:


* was awarded the 2011 Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi's Love of Learning Award for "superior academic record and life ambitions." He is one of only 80 in the United States to receive the award.
* had a proposal accepted for the 2012 Conference on College Composition and Communication in St Louis, MO, which is titled "Locating the Intersections of Expressivist Pedagogy and Digital Writing."
* had a proposal accepted for the 2011 International Convention of the Association for Business Communication in Montreal, Quebec, which is titled "Integrating Online Identity Analysis and Web Presence Creation into Business and Professional Writing Pedagogy."
* was hired as an opinion columnist for The Minnesota Daily.
* became a biweekly contributor for The Good Men Project, a magazine and site dedicated to exploring 21st century masculinity.
* became a founding monthly contributor for GradHacker, a site dedicated to graduate student issues (similar to ProfHacker).
* was selected as one of 12 Social Media Ambassadors for UMN President Kaler's Inauguration Week festivities.
* was selected to serve as a 2011-2012 HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory) Scholar.

September 9, 2011

We've Moved!

The Department of Writing Studies has moved!

Please visit us in our new location (and pardon the ongoing construction)!

Department of Writing Studies
214 Nolte Center
315 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Telephone: 612-624-3445
Fax: 612-624-3617
Email: writ@umn.edu

Memories of Wesbrook Hall
Wesbrook Demolition

September 1, 2011

Technical Writer listed as one of the 50 best careers of 2011

Technical Writer
As one of the 50 best careers of 2011, this should have strong growth over the next decade

By U.S. News Staff

"Future employment for technical writers looks very bright, especially for those with strong Web and multimedia skills, according to estimates by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Technical writing positions are expected to grow by more than 18 percent, or 8,900 jobs, between 2008 and 2018. There will be an increased demand for technical writers who specialize in law, science, or technology."

Read more at:
http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/articles/2010/12/06/best-careers-2011-technical-writer