Office: Maryland Hall 043H
Chair: Karen Fish, Associate Professor
Professors: Brian Murray; Peggy O'Neill; Ron Tanner; Cindy Moore
Associate Professors: H. Allen Brizee; Karen Fish; Terry Ryan; Jane Satterfield; Lisa Zimmerelli
Assistant Professors: K. Martin Camper; Marian G. Crotty; Margaret Musgrove (emerita); Lucas Southworth
Affiliate Faculty: Catherine Chaterdon; Andrea M. Leary; Craig Medvecky; Dominic Micer; T. Jackson Wills
Students interested in writing can pursue the Major in Writing; the Interdisciplinary Major in Writing, which allows students to divide their time evenly between writing and another discipline; or the Minor in Writing. In short, there is great flexibility in a student's program. Those who choose either major will enter a community in which they develop expertise in a broad array of skills and genres. What is more, the Writing Department affords students many opportunities for internships, cocurricular activities, and pre-professional development. Writing majors typically go on to become editors, desktop publishers, teachers, lawyers, reviewers, newsletter managers, and consultants, as well as published authors.
In writing courses, students read widely across genres, cultures, disciplines, and media to:
- develop knowledge of the world beyond the self;
- develop a language of cultivated response;
- discern rhetorical and stylistic strategies that best suit particular arguments, situations, and audiences;
- develop an appreciation of language.
In order to produce finished, polished texts that show competence in the standards of English usage and style, students:
- write widely across genres and for a variety of purposes, showing an ability to adjust style appropriately to audience and situation;
- develop a distinctive voice with original ideas through frequent practice;
- situate themselves in a larger intellectual conversation by developing and researching ideas;
- write multiple drafts of extended works in order to extend the rhetorical strategies addressed in Effective Writing (WR 100 );
- develop an ability to critique other's writing constructively and to use the same to effectively work collaboratively through frequent group exercise (workshops) and conferences;
- learn to use technology to the best advantage of their writing through daily exposure, understanding both the various forms of media and their rhetorical effects.