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Excavating Eportfolios: What Student-Driven Data Reveals About Multimodal Composition And Instruction, Amanda M. Licastro 2016 Graduate Center, City University of New York

Excavating Eportfolios: What Student-Driven Data Reveals About Multimodal Composition And Instruction, Amanda M. Licastro

All Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects (2014-Present)

The pedagogical practice of asking students to compose in open, online spaces has grown rapidly in recent years along with an increase in institutional and financial support. In fact, in July 2013, the Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) announced the “coming of age” of ePortfolios as the percentage of higher education students using ePortfolios rose above the 50% mark in the U.S. (“About”). There are a host of constituent assertions that support the use of open online writing platforms in college-level courses. These claims include that writing publically cultivates digital literacy through broader audience awareness, facilitates ...


Silence, Power, And Mexicans In Willa Cather's The Song Of The Lark, Sefferino Ramos 2016 California State University - San Bernardino

Silence, Power, And Mexicans In Willa Cather's The Song Of The Lark, Sefferino Ramos

Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations

In The Song of the Lark (1915), Willa Cather does something extraordinary by presenting a well-rounded and likeable Mexican character. This is quite different from her contemporaries’ stereotypical depictions of minorities. To include immigrants in a modern novel was avant-garde and radical subject matter; and presenting a realistic, likeable Mexican character was unheard of because the colonized and immigrants were largely ignored in American literature, or deliberately overlooked. When they were included, persistent demeaning views and unflattering Mexican stereotypes were the norm. This paper seeks to explain how positively Cather depicts Mexican characters, decades before Civil Rights. Cather includes the ...


Building A Case For Smaller English Class Sizes, Cara Lee Smith 2016 Kennesaw State University

Building A Case For Smaller English Class Sizes, Cara Lee Smith

Master of Arts in Professional Writing Capstones

According to the U.S. Department of Education, full-time college enrollment increased twenty-four percent between the years 2002 and 2012. With rapidly accelerating growth, higher education institutions must quickly find solutions to accommodate more students, which may result in larger class sizes. As institutions exercise the option of increasing course enrollment caps, faculty scholars are questioning the effects of class size on both student learning and faculty workload. At one state institution (Kennesaw State University), the English faculty formed a committee to investigate the relationship between English class sizes, student success, and faculty working conditions. This study examines the existing ...


"Out Of The Dark Confinement!" Physical Containment In Mid-Nineteenth-Century American Protest Literature, Allison Lane Tharp 2016 The University of Southern Mississippi

"Out Of The Dark Confinement!" Physical Containment In Mid-Nineteenth-Century American Protest Literature, Allison Lane Tharp

Dissertations

Most scholarship on American protest literature tends to focus on the protest literature of specific, politically marginalized groups, such as black protest, women’s protest, or working class protest. My project redefines how we read nineteenth-century American protest literature by investigating the connections between the protest texts of these three marginalized groups. In particular, I argue that mid-nineteenth-century protest authors incorporate images of physical confinement and entrapment within their texts to expose to privileged readers the physical and ideological containment and control marginalized subjects encounter in their daily lives. Drawing from rhetorical theories of argumentation and audience engagement, and incorporating ...


"I Second That Emotion": Minding How Plagiarism Feels, Ann E. Biswas 2016 The University of Dayton

"I Second That Emotion": Minding How Plagiarism Feels, Ann E. Biswas

Ann E. Biswas

It stands to reason that when writing teachers believe their students have plagiarized, they will experience strong emotions that impact their relationships with students, their pedagogy, and their sense of professional identity. Far from being a threat to reason, understanding and acknowledging writing teachers’ emotional responses to plagiarism can lead to a deeper wisdom of its true impact. By examining the literature on emotion from psychology, sociology, education, and writing studies as well as findings from a pilot study of writing teachers’ emotional responses to plagiarism, this article argues that the work involved in managing the emotions of plagiarism reflects ...


Toxic Treasure Island: Finding Radium Instead Of Gold, Nicole Rejer 2016 University of San Francisco

Toxic Treasure Island: Finding Radium Instead Of Gold, Nicole Rejer

Creative Activity and Research Day - CARD

This presentation explores the Navy’s controversial use of radioactive materials in former decades on Treasure Island. It highlights the incomplete cleanup of contaminated soil and radioactive materials, and how current radiation measures are damaging to present-day residents’ health. Finally, it explains the city’s current plans for redeveloping the island, and how many public officials are ignoring the entire radiation problem, as long as other environmental issues Treasure Island residents face on a daily basis.


Finding The Truth: An Examination Into The Use Of Rhetoric In Thucydides, Eryn Pritchett 2016 Murray State University

Finding The Truth: An Examination Into The Use Of Rhetoric In Thucydides, Eryn Pritchett

Scholars Week

For centuries, scholars have looked to Thucydides as truth--a factual and accurate account of the Peloponnesian War--due to his thorough use of critical analysis and logical deduction. Unlike his predecessor, Herodotus, Thucydides dodged the critical and literary analysis that has plagued Herodotus for years. However, in the past few decades historians realized that Thucydides is far more than facts on paper. This research project will show that Thucydides use of Athenian rhetoric transforms his work from that of historical accuracy into a "possession for all time," redefining the way other historians would construct their own narrative. (Thucydides, 1.22.1 ...


Beyond The Iep: Engaging Students Through Service Learning, Tasha Souza 2016 Boise State University

Beyond The Iep: Engaging Students Through Service Learning, Tasha Souza

Tasha Souza

The presenters will share the cross-institutional Intercultural Dialogue Partners program--a service-learning project--that matches students at CWI with students at BSU. This project connects educators, and supports students through reinforcing course content and success, both in and out of the classroom.


A Tank Full Of Wishful Thinking: Crystallizing The Rhythms Of The Road, Leanna K. Smithberger 2016 James Madison University

A Tank Full Of Wishful Thinking: Crystallizing The Rhythms Of The Road, Leanna K. Smithberger

Graduate Showcase of Scholarship and Creative Activities

This presentation is a personal exploration of American car culture — the roads that enable it, the everyday actions that sustain it, and the values that justify it. I use a constellation of mobilities, autoethnography, and rhythmanalysis in order to tap into the political, personal, and aesthetic ways our road-centered culture shapes and constrains our lives in mundane and extraordinary ways. I argue that our road system of mobility is largely taken for granted, and is stubbornly persistent due to deeply held cultural values. I use a variety of artistic, evocative methods, including narrative, poetry, and music, because I argue that ...


Linguistic Qualities Of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Public Addresses: A Primary Source Based Study, Ashleigh Cox 2016 Georgia State University

Linguistic Qualities Of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Public Addresses: A Primary Source Based Study, Ashleigh Cox

Georgia State Undergraduate Research Conference

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Make It Happen: How Libraries Can Start A Grassroots Campus-Wide Graduate Writing Initiative, Jen Salvo-Eaton 2016 University of Missouri - Kansas City

Make It Happen: How Libraries Can Start A Grassroots Campus-Wide Graduate Writing Initiative, Jen Salvo-Eaton

Transforming Libraries for Graduate Students: Services, Instruction, Spaces

The University of Missouri-Kansas City's University Libraries played a major role in starting a campus-wide Graduate Writing Initiative at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The Graduate Writing Initiative is a campus-wide effort to improve the process, quality, and impact of graduate student writing. Despite the challenges of reaching a graduate student population of commuters, full-time workers, parents, and online learners, UMKC Libraries helped devise ways to extend the reach of the Graduate Writing Initiative to all. Currently, UMKC Libraries remains a core service of the Graduate Writing Initiative and librarians serve on the campus advisory committee. This presentation will ...


What Do You Mean, "Practice"? Theorizing The Writing-Music Connection, Callie Elise Compton 2016 Western Kentucky University

What Do You Mean, "Practice"? Theorizing The Writing-Music Connection, Callie Elise Compton

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

Researchers in the field of composition studies have frequently made allusions to musicians when they’ve discussed the role of practice in gaining skill. In doing so, however, they’ve risked making speculative rather than testable claims and separating composition studies from recent insights on practice from other disciplines such as education and music psychology. These fields, I argue, offer testable frameworks with which composition instructors and scholars can teach and study writing practice. Such frameworks are necessary because composition researchers need to supplement qualitative studies of writers and writing with quantitative data to generate replicable tests of teaching methods ...


Regaining Control Of Your Email, Gian S. Pagnucci, Ethan W. Krase 2016 Indiana Univeristy of Pennsylvania

Regaining Control Of Your Email, Gian S. Pagnucci, Ethan W. Krase

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

This session will introduce department chairpersons and administrators to a variety of email management techniques for helping perform one’s job more effectively. The presentation will cover email management techniques and practical strategies. Attendees will leave with new ideas for how to manage email more effectively and thereby reduce stress levels.


Out Of The Classroom And Away From One-To-One Sessions: The Efficacy Of Writing Groups For High-Achieving Students, Vicki Kennell, Amy Elliot, Tammy Conard-Salvo 2016 Purdue University

Out Of The Classroom And Away From One-To-One Sessions: The Efficacy Of Writing Groups For High-Achieving Students, Vicki Kennell, Amy Elliot, Tammy Conard-Salvo

Purdue Writing Lab/Purdue OWL Presentations

This presentation shares the results of IRB-approved research looking at the efficacy of writing groups for two high-achieving student populations: graduate students and Liberal Arts Honors College undergraduates. The writing groups were demonstrated to be effective for graduate students, but various factors affected the viability of writing groups as long-term writing support for the undergraduates.


Slides_Mimesis: Foot Washing From Luke To John, Keith L. Yoder 2016 University of Massachusetts

Slides_Mimesis: Foot Washing From Luke To John, Keith L. Yoder

Keith L. Yoder

These are the PowerPoint slides that I used for my presentation on March 11, 2016 at the Eastern Great Lakes regional SBL Annual Meeting at Mohican State Park in Perrysville, Ohio. My two-page presentation handout is available at http://works.bepress.com/klyoder/26/ and full revised draft paper is at http://works.bepress.com/klyoder/25/.


Mimesis: Foot Washing From Luke To John, Keith L. Yoder 2016 University of Massachusetts

Mimesis: Foot Washing From Luke To John, Keith L. Yoder

Keith L. Yoder

In this draft paper I argue that the Foot Washing of John 13:1–17 is a creative imitation of the Foot Washing and Anointing of Luke 7:36–50. I present many previously unexplored literary connections between these two texts. The density, order, distinction, and interpretability of the shared features establishes an intertextual relationship of creative imitation, that combination of mimēsis and zēlōsis widely practiced by authors of the classical and late antique eras. Evidence of directionality arising from the parallel features in the two narratives points to Luke's as the original and John's as the mimesis ...


Handout_Mimesis: Foot Washing From Luke To John, Keith L. Yoder 2016 University of Massachusetts

Handout_Mimesis: Foot Washing From Luke To John, Keith L. Yoder

Keith L. Yoder

This is the two-page handout that I used for my presentation on March 11, 2016 at the Eastern Great Lakes regional SBL meeting. The presentation title is "Mimesis: Foot Washing from Luke to John". The PowerPoint slides are posted at http://works.bepress.com/klyoder/27/, and the full revised draft paper is at http://works.bepress.com/klyoder/25/.


Training Graduate Assistants, Bryan Bardine 2016 University of Dayton

Training Graduate Assistants, Bryan Bardine

Bryan Bardine

This article was featured in the journal's '4Sites Post-secondary' section. Overall, the goals for summer training are threefold:

  • TAs need to become familiar with each other.
  • TAs need to be knowledgeable about the material.
  • TAs should be somewhat at ease in a classroom environment.


Hermann Hesse’S 'Siddhartha' As Divine Comedy, Bryan Bardine 2016 University of Dayton

Hermann Hesse’S 'Siddhartha' As Divine Comedy, Bryan Bardine

Bryan Bardine

Comedy has always been more difficult to define and pin down than tragedy. Part of the difficulty may be that comedy is, by its very nature, more protean than tragedy: comedy often takes delight in breaking the rules. Moreover, tragedy has been so memorably described in The Poetics that Aristotle may have unintentionally molded the shape of tragedy through the ages. There are different kinds of tragedy, to be sure, but they are usually variations of a similar theme and form. Perhaps because Aristotle's treatise on comedy has been lost, comedy was left free to develop in numerous ways ...


"I Worried About Pretty Much Everything": Training Tutors To Work With L2 Writers, Vicki Kennell 2016 Purdue University

"I Worried About Pretty Much Everything": Training Tutors To Work With L2 Writers, Vicki Kennell

Purdue Writing Lab/Purdue OWL Presentations

Due to increases in international enrollment at Purdue, with resulting increases in international traffic in our writing center, I have spent a significant portion of time over the last 4 years developing an intensive training program to help our tutors gain the second language writing expertise they may lack when they first begin tutoring. This talk offers a behind-the-scenes look at the development process, including information about needs assessments, context constraints (such as funding and time), goals, topics, methods, and the creation of interactive training content. Although I offer specific examples of topics and some sample activities used in our ...


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