Department of English
Program in Writing and Rhetoric: For Faculty
If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’re teaching one of the courses in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric. Welcome! This site provides course descriptions and sample syllabi for our first-year English courses: English 1080 (Basic Writing), English 1100 (College Writing), and English 1500 (Experiences in Literature).
For more comprehensive information about how our program works please logon to Blackboard using your university ID and Password. In addition to information on housekeeping issues (parking, photocopying, obtaining voicemail accounts, etc.) we also share practices which we believe demonstrate our pedagogical philosophy. While some of this information is binding and a matter of policy—such as possible grades for our courses and the categories of data that must appear on each syllabus—most of the information takes the form of theoretical ponderings and practical suggestions for effective teaching. The suggestions have been contributed by many seasoned teachers who sometimes disagree on particular points (such as whether one should write a title before or after drafting a whole paper), but who nevertheless agree on many fundamental principles.
We hope that you will find this information useful and inspiring, as well as an opportunity to question and re-think your own strategies and practices; to personalize and enhance the ideas and practices shared by our program.