Writing Your Grad School Personal Statement: 3 Quick Tips

Tis' the season of love and jingly things... and also when grad school applications are due! If you are applying to a research program and are still finalizing your application, I have three tips here that might be of use: 1. Align your research interests with the faculty members' in the program It is often … Continue reading Writing Your Grad School Personal Statement: 3 Quick Tips

Language, Words, Writing: TED Talks for Your Writing Courses

Happy 2015! May this new year sparkles a renewed spirit in all your personal and professional endeavors. Since classes here at the U don't start until the 20th of January, I am having the time of my life just reading and writing this winter break (spending most of my time at a Starbucks that's located a … Continue reading Language, Words, Writing: TED Talks for Your Writing Courses

Visual Rhetoric: Negotiating Meanings in a Colorful World

It doesn't take a genius to realize that we're living in a world full of signs and symbols. These signs and symbols serve several functions: they guide our actions, warn us about potential dangers, among many other purposes. As a society we are moving rather quickly into a visual-driven culture. Cultural studies scholars, rhetoricians, and … Continue reading Visual Rhetoric: Negotiating Meanings in a Colorful World

The Rhetoric and Design of Course Syllabus

It's that time of the year when professors and instructors squeeze their brains and put together their hopefully-comprehensible course syllabi for respective classes. As I enter my fourth semester of teaching a freshman-writing course, I realize there's a constant urge to put more and more into my syllabus: maybe I should tell my students not … Continue reading The Rhetoric and Design of Course Syllabus