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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

Robert Poniatowski

Robert Poniatowski

Robert
Poniatowski
Rebecca Kanost
Adjunct Professor

Rebecca Kanost

Rebecca
Kanost
Adjunct Professor
Ronald LaFontaine
Adjunct Professor
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Ronald LaFontaine

Ronald
LaFontaine
Adjunct Professor
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Richard Costa
Adjunct Professor
B.A. Bridgewater State College; M.A. The University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
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Areas of Expertise: 
Introductory composition, research writing, journalism and professional writing

Richard Costa

Richard
Costa
Adjunct Professor
B.A. Bridgewater State College; M.A. The University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
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Areas of Expertise: 
Introductory composition, research writing, journalism and professional writing

Richard Costa teaches Critical Writing for the Humanities and Introduction to Academic Writing at Roger Williams. He also teaches technical writing, literature based courses (mostly American and 20th century British) and communications. He has experience writing legal documents, advertorials, manufacturing grants and worked as a freelance writer for a variety of local and regional newspapers and magazines. He is in the process of publishing a young adult historical novel and is working on an adult mystery book (in the noir tradition) as well.

Erik Volpe
Adjunct Professor

Erik Volpe

Erik
Volpe
Adjunct Professor
Anna Haas
Adjunct Professor
M.A., M.Ed.
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Metro Center

Anna Haas

Anna
Haas
Adjunct Professor
M.A., M.Ed.
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Metro Center

Anna Haas teaches Writing 100 and enjoys helping students build new skills for reading and writing in their fields of study.  Anna teaches in Roger Williams University's School of Continuing Studies as well and also enjoys helping professionals mix the ideas they are studying into their fields of work.  In addition to teaching, Anna writes for social services and educational organizations, with an emphasis on grant proposals.  She currently serves in this role at Sojourner House, a domestic violence agency in Providence and Northern Rhode Island.

Nancy Nester, Ph.D.
Professor of Writing Studies, Rhetoric and Composition
B.A., M.A., Ph.D. University of Rhode Island
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x3358
GHH 238
Areas of Expertise: 
Public Rhetoric; Civic Engagement and Service Learning; Composition Studies; Utopian Studies

Nancy Nester

Nancy
Nester
Ph.D.
Professor of Writing Studies, Rhetoric and Composition
B.A., M.A., Ph.D. University of Rhode Island
Contact Information
x3358
GHH 238
Areas of Expertise: 
Public Rhetoric; Civic Engagement and Service Learning; Composition Studies; Utopian Studies

Dr. Nester teaches first year writing courses such as Expository Writing as well as advanced Writing courses including Writing for Social Change.  Her work in the classroom is interconnected with her scholarship and professional activitiesIn 2010, she was selected as a Rhode Island Campus Compact Presidential Faculty Fellow for a Writing for Social Change course project entitled From the Podium to the Pavement: the Praxis of Civic Engagement and Social Responsibility. She presented a paper of the same title at the Convention of the Conference on College Composition and Communication in March 2012.  Visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oS3gwvLpe_U  for an overview of the civic engagement project she highlighted in this presentation.    

Kate Mele, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Writing Studies, Rhetoric and Composition
B.A. Providence College, M.A. Colorado State University, Ph.D. University of Rhode Island
Contact Information
x3434
GHH 232

Kate Mele

Kate
Mele
Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Writing Studies, Rhetoric and Composition
B.A. Providence College, M.A. Colorado State University, Ph.D. University of Rhode Island
Contact Information
x3434
GHH 232

Dr. Mele regularly teaches in the first-year Writing Program. Currently, she is teaching Expository Writing.

She also delivers courses in the history of travel writing, the art of the travel narrative, and travelblogging.  She has co-developed faculty-led study abroad courses that place travel writing at the core of students’ global experiences.  In summer 2013, she will be traveling with students to Rome and in winter 2014 to Dublin.  A travel writer herself, Dr. Mele takes these opportunities to gather material for her own stories and essays.  Her most recent essay was published in The Gettysburg Review

In upcoming semesters, she will be offering courses in the department’s Professional and Public Writing Minor, including WTNG 230: Rhetoric of Film with its focus on the courtroom drama, and WTNG 270: Travel Writing, in which students will work on a project about Bristol, RI, targeted for incoming students and their families.

Dr. Mele is a member of NCTE, CCCC, and Rhetoric Society of America.

Jennifer Campbell, Ph.D
Associate Professor of Writing Studies, Rhetoric and Composition
B.A. University of Vermont, M.A. Georgetown University, Ph.D. Brown University
Contact Information
x3247
GHH 235
Areas of Expertise: 
First-year composition, Pedagogy, Public Rhetoric, Critical Discourse Analysis, American Literature, Western philosophy

Jennifer Campbell

Jennifer
Campbell
Ph.D
Associate Professor of Writing Studies, Rhetoric and Composition
B.A. University of Vermont, M.A. Georgetown University, Ph.D. Brown University
Contact Information
x3247
GHH 235
Areas of Expertise: 
First-year composition, Pedagogy, Public Rhetoric, Critical Discourse Analysis, American Literature, Western philosophy

Dr. Campbell teaches courses throughout the Writing Studies program, including Introduction to Academic Writing, Expository Writing, and Critical Writing for the Social Sciences and Humanities.   For the Writing Studies minor, “Public and Professional Writing,” she offers “Advancing Public Argument:  Citizens Reading Rhetoricallly.”  Whenever possible, Dr. Campbell encourages students to think through the ways concepts about writing can be applied to their own areas of interest and study.

Elsewhere on campus, Dr. Campbell serves on the Faculty Senate Diversity Committee and the Birss Committee for the celebration of American Literature, and is an elected faculty representative on the Living Learning Community (LLC) committee.   She regularly teaches Core 104, and is engaged with general education reform.

Amish Trivedi
Adjunct Professor
Contact Information
(401) 254-3035

Amish Trivedi

Amish
Trivedi
Adjunct Professor
Contact Information
(401) 254-3035

Amish Trivedi's chapbooks include Museum of Vandals and The Breakers. His poems appear in Mandorla, XCP, Omni-Verse and an interactive work on Conjunctions. His manuscript Your Relationship to Motion Has Changed was a finalist for the Sawtooth Prize.