writing studies and professional writing

Much talk today about the CCC article by Douglas Downs and Elizabeth Wardle, which builds on the growing (perhaps) argument for revising first-year composition as a writing studies course. Basically what this means is that the course would serve as an introduction to our discipline--its research, methods, questions and so on. As I've said before... Continue Reading →

student career paths

Understandably, students in professional writing really expect/hope that their coursework will lead to a career in writing. What kind of career? Lot's of different kinds: editors, journalists, novelists, writing teachers (on to grad school), new media content development, public relations, etc. So I guess I'm thinking all the time about the changing workplace. Not because... Continue Reading →

academic co-working

I've been reading a little about co-working on Smart Mobs and in BusinessWeek. Co-working is a practice whereby individual entrepeneurs, freelancers, and other start-ups share a common workspace. It's cheaper than formal office space, gets you out of your house and out of the local wifi-enabled coffee shop,  and perhaps puts you in contact with... Continue Reading →

affective dependency

Tomorrow is another Open House at Cortland, and it has me thinking again about the issue of marketing. I recognize the notion of marketing seems anathema to some academics, but to me it's fundamentally a matter of simply getting the word out to students about who we are and what we do. I don't see... Continue Reading →

Long on tail, short on students

I’ve just finished Chris Anderson’s Long Tail. It’s a quick read and an interesting book, though you can certainly get the main point by reading his Wired article and the many discussions of it around the web. However I do have a couple comments to make about the book. First, Anderson begins the book by... Continue Reading →


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