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Professional and Public Writing

Minor Professional and Public Writing

This minor aims to prepare 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 student’s own interests. Students will write purposefully, imaginatively, and persuasively in, across, and beyond their college courses. The minor provides excellent preparation for students whether they are pursuing graduate school, law school, or want a significant edge in the professional world or within their communities.

Requirements for the Minor in Professional and Public Writing:

WTNG 102 Expository Writing  

Select two (2) WTNG courses at the 200 Level of above from the following list of courses,/p>

WTNG 200 Critical Writing for the Humanities and the Social Sciences  
WTNG 220 Critical Writing for the Professions*  
WTNG 230 Rhetoric of Film: Writing about Film*  
WTNG 250 Advanced Composition*  
WTNG 270 Travel Writing*  
WTNG 299 Special Topics in Writing *  

Select two (2) WTNG courses at the 300 Level or above from the following list of courses

WTNG 300 Rhetoric in a Global Context*  
WTNG 301 The Rhetoric of Narrative*  
WTNG 302 Art of Writing: Forms of the Essay*  
WTNG 303 Advanced Composition*  
WTNG 305 Writing the City*  
WTNG 311 Technical Writing*  
WTNG 320 Writing for Business Organizations*  
WTNG 321 Multimodal Writing in Public Spheres*  
WTNG 322 Advancing Public Argument*  

Select one (1) course at the 400 Level or above from the following list of courses

WTNG 400 Writing for Social Change  
WTNG 430 Special Topics  
WTNG 460 Writing Studies Internship  
WTNG 470 The Writing Thesis/Portfolio  

*This course meets the 200 level University writing requirement for the Core Curriculum.

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
Brady
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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

BA, Duke University

JD, Georgetown University

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Fredrika Quinn

Fredrika
Quinn
Adjunct Professor

BA, Duke University

JD, Georgetown University

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I was born in Rhode Island and received my BA from Duke and my JD from Georgetown. After practicing law for a number of years I wanted a career change and began teaching, first at the University of Rhode Island and then also at Roger Williams University.

Here at RWU I have taught:

1.     WTNG 100 Introduction to Academic Writing

2.     WTNG 102: Expository Writing

3.     WTNG 200: Critical Writing for the Humanities and the Social Sciences

4.     WTNG 220: Critical Writing for the Professions

Rebecca Beazley Kanost
Adjunct Professor
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Rebecca Beazley Kanost

Rebecca Beazley
Kanost
Adjunct Professor
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Beazley Kanost holds a PhD in American Literature from the University of Rhode Island, and is currently adapting her dissertation, “Off the Hip: a Thermodynamics of the Cool,” for publication. Her essay “The Agitating Power of Civil Rights Cool in ‘Going to Meet the Man,’” appears in the critical anthology James Baldwin: Challenging Authors. She holds an MFA from Brown University and an MA in English from the University of Oklahoma, and in addition to teaching writing and Core 104 at Roger Williams, she teaches film at the University of Rhode Island. 

I have 18 years' experience teaching at the college level, which includes:

Ronald LaFontaine
Adjunct Professor
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Ronald LaFontaine

Ronald
LaFontaine
Adjunct Professor
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I have been an instructor at Roger Williams University since 2002. I have taught WTNG 100: Introduction to Academic Writing and WTNG 102: Expository Writing. I currently live in Pawtucket RI and my favorite pastimes include playing tennis, listening to music and traveling.

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.

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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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

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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: How Writing Works as well as advanced Writing courses including Writing for Social Change.  Her work in the classroom is linked to her scholarship and professional activities.  In 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.  Visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oS3gwvLpe_U  for an overview of the civic engagement project she highlighted in her proposal and in a subsequent 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

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x3434
GHH 232
Areas of Expertise: 
Academic Writing and Travel Writing

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

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x3434
GHH 232
Areas of Expertise: 
Academic Writing and Travel Writing

Dr. Mele teaches courses in the University Writing Program and in the Minor for Professional and Public Writing.

She has co-developed faculty-led study abroad programs that place travel writing at the core of students’ global experiences.  Over the last five years, she has travelled with students to Dublin and Rome, teaching such courses as travel blogging and the art of the travel narrative.  She offers travel writing courses on the Bristol campus as well.  Her recent publications and presentations focus on travel writing pedagogy. 

Dr. Mele’s travel essay about the Listowel Writers Conference in County Kerry, Ireland, appears in The Gettysburg Review.  Currently, she is working on a travel memoir, for which she has received a grant from the Foundation for Scholarship and Teaching.

During her tenure at Roger Williams University, she has served as the University Writing Program coordinator and chair of the Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition.  She has been a member the FCAS curriculum committee, the Faculty Review Committee, and the Honors Advisory Board.

Jennifer Campbell, Ph.D
Professor of Writing Studies, Rhetoric and Composition

B.A. University of Vermont
M.A. Georgetown University
Ph.D. Brown University

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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
Professor of Writing Studies, Rhetoric and Composition

B.A. University of Vermont
M.A. Georgetown University
Ph.D. Brown University

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x3247
GHH 235
Areas of Expertise: 
First-year composition, Pedagogy, Public Rhetoric, Critical Discourse Analysis, American Literature, Western philosophy

As the Writing Program Coordinator for First-Year Composition, Dr. Campbell teaches throughout the Writing Program, including Introduction to Academic Writing, Expository Writing, and Critical Writing for the Humanities and Social Sciences.  She also offers Advanced Composition and Advancing Public Argument for the Minor in Professional and Public Writing.  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.

Dr. Campbell is the contact person for Directed Self -Placement and any other issues related to 100-level WTNG courses.