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Rhetoric and Composition Program Newsletter Issue 1.1 ✍ Fall 2008 RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION A Writing Program with a Future Professor Doug Hesse never By establishing the writing program as According to Hesse, students of Rhetoric planned that he would direct one of the essential across the disciplines, Hesse and Composition should be looking to- country’s premiere writing programs. With was able to invest in student research. wards identity, especially how writers an MFA in Expository Writing, Hesse found Hesse launched a call for researchers to identify themselves within their writing his way into Rhetoric and Composition gather data on students, specifically look- communities. Further, Hesse sees value in through a mentor and former CCCC chair, ing at student writing portfolios. The port- examining the relationship between writ- and has never looked back. folios were assessed under strenuous ing and composing, suggesting the future As the director of the University of guidelines and coded for a variety of fac- of writing lies in the composition affor- Denver’s Writing Program, Hesse has tors. dances of video and online networks such complied extensive research on under- as Twitter and Facebook. graduate students and their composition As the paths of composition and his patterns in writing-intensive courses own writing programs become more clear, Hesse looks forward to how the future of throughout their four years of university his discipline unfolds. ✍ education. As part of his responsibility in building a program from the ground up, Hesse found the first step in creating a StS dent u ot successful writing program was to define p light WAC courses within the context of his university. From there, Hesse was able to establish a writing center that would suit DU’s needs while accommodating his par- Prof. Doug Hesse visits FSU. Scott Gage, 2nd-Year Ph.D. ticular research interests. Hesse devel- Lafayette, La. oped the center by investing in faculty and Scott is a second-year Ph.D. student in Rheto- by launching a series of WAC-specific While Hesse’s results are pending, he ric and Composition, a teaching assistant in the workshops. This effort cued faculty that suggests portfolio assessment may be First-Year Composition Program, and the Co- WAC should be considered a key devel- the trend of the future. But portfolios are Assistant Director of the Reading Writing Cen- ter and Digital Studio. Scott came to FSU from opmental process. not the only movement in composition. Louisiana State University, where he completed an MFA in Fiction and a B.A. in English. Scott's Upcoming Events research interests include race and rhetoric, narrative theory, and modern rhetorical theory. NOV 5-6: Digital Studio Launch Scott is presenting at two conferences this year: (1) "Blogging Hysteria: Digital Media and Nov 5 11-3 & Nov 6 1-5 Join the Rhet/Comp Program for the Digital Studio the Delivery of Cyber-Rumors in Post-Katrina Open House. Located in WMS 222B, the Digital Studio is a place where students Louisiana" at the 2008 Watson Conference in can find consultation assistance for such endeavors as designing an electronic portfolio, Louisville; and (2) "Delivery Is Praxis: Center- conducting online research for an essay, creating a blog, selecting images for a visual ing the Fifth Canon in Writing Pedagogy" at the essay, writing a script for a podcast, and increasing digital communication capabilities. 2009 CCCC. Rhetoric and Composition Program Newsletter Issue 1.1 ✍ Fall 2008 Meet Our New 2008 Students This fall, the Rhetoric and composition, and literacy stud- Conference Composition program wel- ies. Matt spends his free time Updates comes five new MA and four traveling, playing hockey, soc- new Ph.D. students from cer, and basketball, and enjoy- around the country. While ing German language and cul- their interests vary—from literacy to pedagogy to rhe- ture. This semester, Matt will October 16-18 The Thomas R. Watson torical theory—each of attend the Watson Conference Conference these students brings a new Ontario, Michigan, Georgia, and will present at CCCC in the “The New Work of Composing” dynamic to our community. Kansas, North Carolina, and spring, as well as at Computers Meet Matt Davis. Matt is Germany home for various and Writing in the summer. University of Louisville Louisville, Ken. a first-year Ph.D. student who lengths of time and is happy to Upon completion of his graduated from the University add Florida to the list. Since the Ph.D., Matt plans on pursuing PRESENTATIONS of Kansas with a B.A. in English crossover from literature, Matt an academic career in Rhetoric and Composition. Michael Neal and German, and from North has discovered research inter- As the fall semester takes Oct. 16 at 4:30 PM Carolina State University with an ests in classroom pedagogy full swing, the Rhetoric and “Oui, We Wii: How Multiple M.A. in English with a focus on and pedagogical theory, the Composition Program looks ‘Identitiis’ are Shaping our 19th and 20th Century Ameri- interface of composition and forward to getting to know our Digital Communicative Acts” can Literature. He has had the literature, collaborative learning pleasure of calling Oklahoma, and writing, technology and new students. ✍ Scott Gage Oct. 17 at 11:45 AM "Blogging Hysteria: Digital Media and the Delivery of Cyber-Rumors in Post-Katrina Louisiana" ATTENDEES Matt Davis Natalie Syzmanski R/C students painting the new suite space. A monthly R/C gathering at a local eatery. Kara Taczak News Notes Over the past months we’ve been updating the Rhet/Comp Web site. Check out our new site at: http://english.fsu.edu/rhetcomp Nov 21 & Dec 5 at 3:00 CHEW Our bi-weekly lunch continues at Panera on Blairstone. We will be peer editing and discussing upcoming projects. Dec 1 at 4:00 & 6:45 Visiting Speaker Dr. Donald Leu Dr. Donald Leu kicks off our Visiting Speaker Series with a presentation at 4:00. He will guest lecture Dr. Yancey’s Digital Media class at 6:45. Dec 4 at 7:00 Holiday Party Rhet/Comp students and family are invited to our annual holiday party rc hosted by Dr. Yancey.