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Johnson presents NNEST award

Johnson, Burri, and Hansen-Thomas

Mark D. Johnson of East Carolina University (left) and Holly Hansen-Thomas of Texas Woman’s University (right) presented Michael Burri of Wollongong University (center) with the TESOL Award for an Outstanding Paper on Non-Native English-speaking teacher (NNEST) Issues at the 2015 TESOL convention in Toronto. (Photo by Kyle Perler for TESOL International Association)

English department assistant professor Mark D. Johnson, along with Holly Hansen-Thomas of Texas Woman’s University, presented Michael Burri with the TESOL Award for an Outstanding Paper on Non-Native English-Speaking Teacher (NNEST) Issues at the 2015 TESOL convention in Toronto. Each year, East Carolina University’s English department donates $250 to the recipient of the award.

This year’s recipient, Michael Burri, is a PhD student at Wollongong University in Australia. Burri’s paper, titled Exploring the Development of NNEST Cognition about Pronunciation Pedagogy, examined the changing beliefs of five non-native English-speaking teachers of English regarding pronunciation and how it is taught to learners of English as a second language. Burri presented this paper as part of his dissertation research.


Eble named ATTW president

Michelle Eble, associate professor in the Department of English at East Carolina University, was named President of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing at the organization’s annual meeting March 18 in Tampa, Fla.

Eble, who also serves as the English department’s Director of Graduate Studies, has been a member of ATTW since 2008. In that time, she has served as both conference coordinator and vice president. Her term as president will last three years, and she will also serve as chair of the executive committee during that time.

Eble ran on a platform of fostering more graduate student participation in ATTW, diversifying the membership, supporting partnerships with other technical communication organizations, and expanding the organization’s global presence—all while sustaining ATTW’s current commitments.

The Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW) is an active professional organization of about 500 teachers, researchers, and practitioners of technical communication. Formed in 1973 to encourage dialogue among teachers of technical communication and to develop technical communication as an academic discipline, the organization boasts an international and interdisciplinary membership. ATTW produces Technical Communication Quarterly, a leading academic journal, and it collaborates with Taylor & Francis/Routledge to publish the ATTW Book Series in Technical and Professional Communication.


Bauer profiled by grad school

Bauer

The ECU Graduate School has released a faculty profile of English department distinguished professor Margaret Bauer.

“For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a teacher,” Bauer said in the profile. “Then, during high school, an English teacher, Mrs. Cotton, showed us how much Kate Chopin had packed into her two-page short story, “The Story of an Hour,” and I wanted to learn how to read like that, how to see all of those wonderful details, the numerous nuances that revealed the story of a woman’s whole life in just two pages.”

Read Dr. Bauer’s full profile.


Eble honored for doctoral mentoring

Dr. Michelle Eble

Michelle Eble was honored Friday at the Research Week Recognition Luncheon for her role in mentoring graduate students.

Eble was selected as this year’s winner of the ECU Distinguished Graduate Faculty Mentor Award, Doctoral Category. Graduate School Dean Paul Gemperline said Eble was being recognized because “under Dr. Eble’s leadership, the PhD program in the department has flourished, having undergone a major overhaul of advising, curriculum, and comprehensive exam procedures. She led the development of innovative professional development seminars for first-year PhD students and has overseen the graduation of 15 students in the past four years.”

The award includes a cash prize of $1000 and a plaque.

 


Summer/Fall 2015 Registration

Below are the links to fall and spring courses:

Summer Undergraduate: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1k8h3M0MDSjO3IhzRzK6r63OUZFV68e3eok3Ynl8vpQo/edit?usp=sharing

Fall Graduate: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1VKoqghnLUtsSY_nVrXdPXxrfXY2XzE2y9-HF3cNITKY/edit?usp=sharing

Summer Graduate: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1gx7YEFv04IN7Ln0UpiMA5LeqmPfIgLC3PY710fUR9Wg/edit?usp=sharing

Fall Undergraduate: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1LMqbhRS1k61r8K0FIuqfiICsMZw-IPLB-OD1SxMSsXQ/edit?usp=sharing

Please contact your advisor for additional details and check Banner for the most updated information.

 

Summer/Fall 2015 Registration Schedule

Friday, March 20th at 1:00 p.m.- Graduate Students, 2nd Degree Students, Honors Students, Teaching Fellows, Maynard Scholars, Approved Veterans

  8:00 am 9:30 am 11:00 am 2:00 pm 3:30 pm
Monday,
March 23rd
121+ 112-120 104-111 95-103 85-94
Tuesday,
March 24th
78-84 74-77 69-73 62-68 54-61
Wednesday,
March 25th
49-53 45-48 40-44 26-39 17-25
Thursday,
March 26th
16 14-15 12-13 0-11

The term hours indicates the total number of credit hours earned at the end of the previous semester/session.

NOTES:

  • Course information is subject to change without prior written notice.
  • All university indebtedness must be paid before registering or making schedule changes.

Research and Creative Achievement Week @ ECU begins today!

Several presentations are being offered in various rooms in the Mendenhall Student Center from the 23rd to the 27th. Today’s offerings will include a presentation on the rise of Fitbit (GO64) at 2:30,  another on cemetery rhetoric (GO65) at 2:45 , as well as several others in the Humanities from 1:30-3:15 in Great Room 2.

For more information: https://blog.ecu.edu/sites/rcaw/

 

 


Summer/Fall 2015 Registration

Below are the links to fall and spring courses:

Summer Undergraduate: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1k8h3M0MDSjO3IhzRzK6r63OUZFV68e3eok3Ynl8vpQo/edit?usp=sharing

Fall Graduate: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1VKoqghnLUtsSY_nVrXdPXxrfXY2XzE2y9-HF3cNITKY/edit?usp=sharing

Summer Graduate: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1gx7YEFv04IN7Ln0UpiMA5LeqmPfIgLC3PY710fUR9Wg/edit?usp=sharing

Fall Undergraduate: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1LMqbhRS1k61r8K0FIuqfiICsMZw-IPLB-OD1SxMSsXQ/edit?usp=sharing

Please contact your advisor for additional details and check Banner for the most updated information.

 

Summer/Fall 2015 Registration Schedule

Friday, March 20th at 1:00 p.m. Graduate Students, 2nd Degree Students, Honors Students, Teaching Fellows, Maynard Scholars, Approved Veterans

8:00 am
9:30 am
11:00 am
2:00 pm
3:30 pm
Monday,
March 23rd
121+ 112-120 104-111 95-103 85-94
Tuesday,
March 24th
78-84 74-77 69-73 62-68 54-61
Wednesday,
March 25th
49-53 45-48 40-44 26-39 17-25
Thursday,
March 26th
16 14-15 12-13 0-11

The term hours indicates the total number of credit hours earned at the end of the previous semester/session.

NOTES:

  • Course information is subject to change without prior written notice.
  • All university indebtedness must be paid before registering or making schedule changes.

The latest from Drs. Erin Frost and Michelle Eble in Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society

Excerpt From: Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society

Erin A. Frost and Michele F. Eble

Technical Rhetorics: Making Specialized Persuasion Apparent to Public Audiences

Erin A. Frost, Michelle F. Eble, 2015

As rhetoric and technical communication researchers and teachers, we’re often faced with defining exactly what we mean when we use the term technical communication. Current perspectives on what the term technical communication encompasses are broadening well beyond documentation and user manuals that come with technological artifacts (Haas; Grabill and Simmons; Scott, Longo, and Wills; Slack, Miller, and Doak).1 However, defining technical communication more broadly for ourselves or even others in our disciplines doesn’t always change publics’ (e.g., users/stakeholders/lay audiences) perceptions of this information and how it affects their lives and the decisions they make.

In this essay, we argue that “technical rhetorics” is a concept that has affordances for thinking about how to critically communicate with public audiences about specialized information.

Read More HERE

Faculty Speaker Series: Ron Hoag

Please join us on Monday, March 16 at noon for our own Ron Hoag’s contribution to the faculty speaker series. We’ll be meeting in Bate 2024 for Ron’s talk entitled “Natural Sabbath: Thoreau’s Mild Sublime.”

Description: Well known to William Cullen Bryant, William Wordsworth, and Henry Thoreau, Edmund Burke’s influential treatise on the Sublime and the Beautiful posits a natural sublime, whose effect on humanity is terror, and a natural beauty, whose effect is pleasure. For Burke, the sublime and the beautiful are mutually exclusive experiences. Bryant, Wordsworth, and Thoreau, however, while acknowledging the daunting power of the sublime, also imply a fundamental link between this power and the paradoxically corresponding power in certain experiences of the beautiful in nature. For these three writers, the wildness in nature is not just sublime but also spiritual, to be reverenced as such if not at the terrifying moment of physical impact then after the fact, upon reflection, when processed as what Wordsworth termed “emotion recollected in tranquility.” “Reflection alone,” says Thoreau in his college essay on “Sublimity,” “can restore to calmness and equanimity.”