Welcome to FSTY 1311: Rhetoric and Composition I. This website will function as the online headquarters for our class this semester. Each week, I will post an update to the website with details about coming week, deadline reminders, links to helpful resources, etc… I plan to use SEU’s Blackboard site to record your grades, but otherwise, everything related to this course will be posted here. If you ever wonder what’s due on a particular date, or what you need to read before you come to class, you can check this website for the answer. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, you can email me or stop by my office (211 Premont Hall) during my office hours (T/Th 1:30–3:30, F 9:00–11:00).
A bit about me: I’m a new assistant professor at St. Edward’s University. For the past six years, I have been completing my graduate work at Iowa State University and teaching classes in ISU’s English Department. I study the relationship between technology and communication, and I love experimenting with new technologies in the classroom and in my personal life. I’m married to a brilliant freelance writer and we have two daughters. Austin is a little hotter than we expected, but we’re slowly adjusting to the climate.
I am very excited about getting to you know all of you and working with you this semester to strengthen your skills as readers and writers. This will be a rigorous course, and I know some of you detest writing or don’t think of yourselves as good writers, but I am confident that all of you can succeed. Who knows, you may even discover that you’re better at writing than you thought.
We’re going to dive right in to rhetorical analysis this week, so you’ll need to complete the following readings before our next two class sessions:
- Before you come to class on Wednesday, please read the entire Beloit College Mindset List, as well as Eric Felten’s response to the list in the Wall Street Journal. In addition, please read pages 3–8 in the Norton Field Guide to Writing and bring that book with you to class.
- Before you come to class on Friday, please read pages 9–17 and 21–28 in the Norton Field Guide to Writing and bring that book with you to class. You will also submit your one-page response to the Mindset List at the beginning of class on Friday.
Finally, a quick note about this website. Throughout the semester, I’ll be asking you to respond to posts on this website. To help you get comfortable with that process, please add a comment to this post telling me a little bit about yourself and what you hope to get out of Rhet/Comp I. Before you post, a couple of warnings: (1) Your classmates will see what you write, so don’t include anything intended just for me. (2) This website is public, so we will stick to using first names only. Also, please be sure to use the same email address every time you post to the class website.
Without further ado, let’s hear from you!