Rhetoric, Composition, and Language Courses Spring 2023

ENGL 360: Ecology and Writing

Instructor: Megan Kaminski
54200 | MW 3:00 - 4:15 PM | WES 4020 - LAWRENCE

In this course we will explore writing as a practice to encounter, engage with, and explore the larger ecologies of which are a part. Our writing (and reading) practices will help us connect to our shared ecosystem as a source of knowledge and inspiration for strategies to live in the world, to navigate uncertainty—and to re-align thinking towards kinship, community, and sustainability. More specifically, the class will focus on writing that counters extractive and exploitative values and relationships with land and peoples (human and otherwise).

Our shared readings will range in genre, including nonfiction, poetry, speculative fiction, and somatic practices. While our reading list and collective investigations will be collaborative, students will carve out their own research paths and explorations in this project-based class. There will be many opportunities to connect with existing trajectories of exploration in botany, geology, philosophy, writing, the arts, social work, environmental studies, and social justice work, among other disciplines and frameworks.

In addition to class discussions of assigned course reading, your own written assignments will take the form of weekly writing responses, and three short writing assignments, all in genres of your own choosing. You will also get your hands into soil and find out about local environmental challenges through field work.

Cross-listed as EVRN 420 and EVRN 720

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ENGL 362: Foundations of Technical Writing

Instructor: Sarah Kugler
48013 | By Appointment | Online JAN 17-MAR 10 - LAWRENCE
48111 | By Appointment | Online JAN 17-MAR 10 - EDWARDS
48112 | By Appointment | Online MAR 20-MAY 12 - LAWRENCE
27673 | By Appointment | Online MAR 20-MAY 12 - EDWARDS

From navigating the high-stakes nuances of professional communication to fostering equitable workplace practices and cultures, technical writing has many uses and is vital to diverse careers across many disciplines. In this class you will learn about the rhetoric and ethics of technical communication, with particular attention paid to writing which helps create accessible and inclusive workplaces. We will discuss readings with real-world applications, design visually attractive and effective documents, and practice common technical writing genres including professional emails, proposals, and job application materials. Through reading and writing these genres, you will not only practice skills applicable to your future coursework and career, but you will learn the broader skills of rhetorical flexibility and audience awareness that can be applied to any writing situation.

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ENGL 381: Writing for Nonprofits

Instructor: Sean Kamperman
55761 | TuTh 1:00 - 2:15 PM | WES 4020 - LAWRENCE

This course offers an introduction to the principles of professional communication in nonprofit organizations. Throughout the semester, we will work closely with local nonprofits to produce professionally written documents that meet the nonprofits’ needs. Students will learn how to analyze and create a range of documents central to the operation of a successful nonprofit—grant proposals, brochures, newsletters, and annual reports, among others. There will be opportunities to take on multimodal projects as well, such as promotional videos and podcasts.

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