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C&T Professor Curtis Porter’s Journey to Academia
by Nathan Lindberg
C&T newly hired Assistant Professor Curtis Porter’s interest in the subject of English started while going to poetry slams during his undergraduate years at Hunter College in New York City. “Though I quickly figured out that I wasn't much of a poet, I loved hanging around writers of all sorts,” he wrote in an email interview. “The decision to pursue a degree in English education came naturally.” However, his interest in pedagogy waned after he spent a stint teaching English in Japan. “I left Japan pretty disillusioned with the industry of English education, and I dropped out for awhile.” It was at that point that Porter took an eclectic tour of the world. Link to the rest of the article
Dr. Dan Weinstein’s Love of Writing and Machines
When Dan Weinstein is asked what thinks about teaching online, his eyes light up. “I think it’s the optimal way for me to teach,” he says. Hired just last year, Assistant Professor Weinstein turns his computer on and opens one of the wikis he has set up for his ENGL 202 Research Writing class. On each page of the wiki is a recorded history of every assignment a student has done, giving a traceable record of progress. These pages also give Weinstein access to students’ writing process. For example, instead of waiting for a final draft to gauge students’ understanding of relevant writing practices, Weinstein is able to assign numerous invention activities, review them individually and make comments. By keeping assignments short and interacting with them often, Weinstein is able to check in with each student’s writing process multiple times in a week . . . Link to the rest of the article
Dwight Atkinson Speaks with IUP StudentsSince one of the assigned books and three articles in this semester’s Second Language Acquisition class (724/824, taught by Dr. Deckert) were authored by Dwight Atkinson, C&T student Cheryl Sheridan thought it would be useful for the class to speak to him. Sheridan met Atkinson when she served on a committee to organize the Symposium of Second Language Writing in Taiwan in 2011 and again the following year at another conference. She thought conversing with Atkinson would not only give her and her classmates a chance to ask about his work, but speaking to a knowledgeable audience would also be engaging for Atkinson,. Sheridan emailed Atkinson and asked if he would be interested in video conferencing. He liked the idea and a date was set. Link to the rest of the article
The Three Rivers TESOL Conference, an affiliate of TESOL, is an annual local conference that serves the Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia area. This year's even was on Saturday, Oct. 27, at Duquesne University. link to the article.
A New Vision for Teaching Composition
The Bizzaros Travel & Teach in South Africa
Over the summer, C&T program professors Dr. Patrick Bizzaro and his wife Dr. Resa Crane Bizzaro traveled with their son Antonio to South Africa to help develop the writing program at the University of the Free State. Patrick Bizzaro was the recipient of a Fulbright Senior Specialist Award which helped fund the trip. Resa Bizzaro acted as a paid consultant at the University of the Free State. link to the article
My Journey with My QP
When I first heard about the concept of the QP (Qualifying Portfolio), I said, “Well, it is another paper and another assignment.” The thing about it was that I had to work alone on something that interests me without consulting anyone and without showing my paper to anyone. I liked this and had no problem with it. I am an independent worker and I can do it. However, with other colleagues, the issue was totally not akin. It was stress, panic, and frustration. For me, it was not. I kept calm and told everyone “It is simply another paper. Just follow the instructions and you will be fine.” link to the article
C&T Student Entisar Elsherif’s Academic Journey to Publication
When I decided to study my doctorate degree in the US, the first program that caught my attention, since it was the one that would help me achieve my goals, was IUP’s Composition and TESOL. It was clear that it combined two of my interests. My expectations were high; however, what I have learned and gained during my study has been beyond my expectations. link to the article