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Professional and Public Writing

Minor Professional and Public Writing

This minor prepares students to write confidently and effectively in professional and public situations. Students can choose to focus on professional writing, where they analyze and produce genres required by employers; public writing, where they study and engage in meaningful social action through written texts; or a combination of courses tailored to the studentʼs own interests. Students will write purposefully, imaginatively, and persuasively in, across, and beyond their college courses. In alignment with several of RWUʼs Core Values, this minor fosters preparation for careers and future study, collaboration of students and faculty in research, commitment to local and global communities, and the promotion of civil discourse.

Upon completion of the minor in Professional and Public Writing, successful students will:

  • Use rhetoric and compositionʼs disciplinary concepts and methods to advance our knowledge of writing.
  • Adapt self-directed writing processes to a variety of academic, professional, and public rhetorical situations and genres.
  • Explain how different technologies of writing impact the production and reception of texts.
  • Articulate and reflect upon writing choices and the implication of those choices when writing within discourse communities for professional and public audiences.

Requirements for the Minor in Professional and Public Writing:

  • WTNG 102  Expository Writing
  • Two (2) WTNG courses at the 200 level or above
  • Two (2) WTNG course at the 300 level or above
  • One (1) WTNG course at the 400 level

Students are encouraged to meet with a WSRC advisor to plan electives that best suit academic and professional goals.

Course Offerings

WTNG 230: Rhetoric of Film: Writing about Film
WTNG 250: Advanced Composition
WTNG 270: Travel Writing
WTNG 299: Special Topics in Writing
WTNG 300: Rhetoric in a Global Context
WTNG 302: Art of Writing: Forms of the Essay
WTNG 303: Environmental Rhetoric
WTNG 305: Writing the City
WTNG 310: Advanced Writing (Sciences)
WTNG 311: Technical Writing
WTNG 321: Multimodal Writing in Public Spheres
WTNG 322: Advancing Public Arguments
WTNG 320: Writing for Business Organizations
WTNG 400: Writing for Social Change
WTNG 402: Advanced Argument
WTNG 430: Special Topics
WTNG 439: Rhetorical Theory
WTNG 450: Composition Theory
WTNG 460: Writing Studies Internship
WTNG 470: Writing Thesis/Portfolio

Donald Holder
Adjunct Professor
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Donald Holder

Donald
Holder
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Nancy Craven
Adjunct Professor
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Nancy Craven

Nancy
Craven
Adjunct Professor
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After Nancy Craven took her graduate degree at Brown, she spent the next decade teaching ESL and English in an urban high school, and  went on to design and teach online and f2f courses in composition to a global constituency at the university level. She professes the crucial juncture of secondary to post-secondary Global Business ELL instruction, especially when adapted to online teaching.  Through all this, poetry has been her compass, the link or reckoning by which she knows her route. Poetry is the sensibility that informs her writing instruction to students translating meaning to the page.  Her poetry and fiction have appeared in The Alembic, The Bryant Literary Review, and other academic magazines.

She has taught at Roger Williams University since 2005.

Patricia Rinehart
Adjunct Professor
M.A. English
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Patricia Rinehart

Patricia
Rinehart
Adjunct Professor
M.A. English
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Pat has taught WTNG 102 and 200 at Roger Williams since 2008. Previously she lived in Eastern Pennsylvania and taught similar courses at Penn State branch campuses and at West Chester University. She holds an M.A. in English Literature at West Chester University, A Masters of Public Administration from Russell Sage College, and a bachelor’s in journalism from Boston University. She now lives in Stonington, CT, where she enjoys kayaking, quilting, reading, and writing, mainly in the personal memoir genre. She is currently editing her family’s diaries and letters of 1935-1948.

Richard Fucci
Adjunct Professor
B.A., M.A. English University of Rhode Island; M.Ed. (Secondary Administration ), Providence College
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Richard Fucci

Richard
Fucci
Adjunct Professor
B.A., M.A. English University of Rhode Island; M.Ed. (Secondary Administration ), Providence College
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Mr. Fucci is currently teaching Writing 220, Critical Writing for the Professions and

Writing 102, Expository Writing. He is also a member of the adjunct faculty at the New England Institute of Technology in East Greenwich, RI (Department of Humanities and Social Sciences).

A  former English chairman at Toll Gate High School in Warwick, Mr. Fucci  served on the Executive Board of the Rhode Island Council of Teachers of English and chaired the English Steering Committee for the Warwick Public Schools.

Paul Haywood
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Paul Haywood

Paul
Haywood
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Joyce Cote
Adjunct Professor
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Joyce Cote

Joyce
Cote
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Jane Ellen Scott
Adjunct Professor
MA English, University of Pittsburgh
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Jane Ellen Scott

Jane Ellen
Scott
Adjunct Professor
MA English, University of Pittsburgh
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I teach writing and Core 104: Literature, Philosophy, and the Ascent of Ideas. In the summer I work as  tour guide in Newport and at sea for American Cruise Lines.

James Brady
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James Brady

James
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Elizabeth Cazden
Adjunct Professor
B.A., Oberlin, J.D. Harvard, M.A. Andover-Newton Theological School
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Elizabeth Cazden

Elizabeth
Cazden
Adjunct Professor
B.A., Oberlin, J.D. Harvard, M.A. Andover-Newton Theological School
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After practicing law in New Hampshire for twenty-five years, Prof. Cazden moved to Rhode Island in 2006 to undertake historical research on Quakers and slavery in colonial Rhode Island. In addition to one full-length biography, she has written articles and book reviews for peer-reviewed history journals, Cobblestone Magazine for children, Harvard Magazine, and the Providence Journal. She also writes as the Providence History Examiner on Examiner.com. Her most recent publication is a chapter on "Quakers, Slavery, Anti-slavery, and Race" in the Oxford Handbook for Quakers Studies (2013).

She has two grown children, one a computer programmer and musician and the other in medical school. She has taught writing at RWU since 2008.

 

 

Fredrika Quinn
Adjunct Professor
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Fredrika Quinn

Fredrika
Quinn
Adjunct Professor
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