Faculty Resources

The Composition Program at Appalachian State is proud of the expert teaching of its faculty. In order to develop these attributes, we offer robust faculty development, teaching materials and support, peer mentoring groups to encourage reflective teaching, and strong collaborations between our faculty.

In line with the collaborative nature of our program, we would like for all faculty who have suggestions, additions or materials for these faculty resource pages to please send these to Jessie Blackburn (blackburnjb@appstate.edu) or Bret Zawilski (zawilskibj@appstate.edu).

Faculty Resources

Wednesday Lunch in the Lounge

Please join us every Wednesday in the 4th-floor faculty lounge to chat and share ideas with colleagues. We hope to see you there!

2018 Writing Studies Institute

The Rhetoric & Composition Program is excited to formally announce our 2018 Writing Studies Institute. The 2-day event on February 1 and 2will play host to three incredibly accomplished scholars in the field of rhet/comp: Kathleen Blake Yancey, Doug Downs, and David Jolliffe. Over these two days, we will be holding a variety of concurrent sessions centered on issues in teaching college writing at Appalachian State University. While many of the sessions will focus on composition pedagogy, we want to extend an invitation to the entire department, as an implicit theme running across our three keynote speakers involves the transfer of knowledge and the complex ways in which writing functions across many varied contexts. 

 We hope that you'll mark the dates in your calendar and join us for two days of presentations, roundtables, and discussions with some fantastic writer/scholars. Below is a copy of the official event flyer which is also posted around Sanford Hall. In short, we hope to see you there in February!

Click Here for Writing Studies Institute Flyer

 11/10 APortfolio Brown Bag

(from Sarah Zurhellen)

Join us November 10 at 2pm in the 4th floor faculty lounge for our last APortfolio Brown Bag of the semester. We'll be discussing J. Elizabeth Clark's "From Selfies to Self-Representation in Electronically Mediated Communication: The Evolving Gestalt Effect in ePortfolios" (it's a quick read with some nice examples of transformation over time).

 10/27 Workshop -- A Primer on Rhetoric: Epistemology, Absurdity, and Language

(from Bret Zawilski)

This Friday, October 27 at 2pm, you're invited to attend a workshop delving into the vast history of rhetorical theory. The goal is to go into extreme depth regarding 2500 years worth of scholarship...by addressing it in about 60 minutes.

In short, we'll be talking about some of the broader movements in rhetorical theory and how some of that baggage still applies and shapes modern rhetorical theory. While I have envisioned this as primarily an exploratory session designed to give you more insight to the kinds of rhetorical theory that might deeply interest you, the more pragmatic side will look at the ways in which this body of theory can also serve as a foundation for the kinds of courses we design.

So come join us in Sanford 402 on Friday, Oct 27 from roughly 2-3pm to chat about why Plato is a hypocrite, how Peter Ramus would have failed a research methods course, and why Kenneth Burke really likes to invent words on the fly.

 Terminal Degree Workshop

(from Bret Zawilski)

On Friday, September 8 at 2 pm, Amy Hansen and I will be leading a workshop on applying to terminal degree programs (MFA/Ph.D.) in the University Writing Center. If you're thinking of embarking on this next academic adventure, we invite you to join us for discussion on compiling an academic dossier and strategies for tackling the most common application genres.

While this session is primarily designed for individuals with some graduate education (MAs or currently enrolled MA students), undergraduate students are also welcome to attend, as many of the suggestions regarding the dossier will be equally relevant.