WRD Guest Speaker: Annette Vee

We are pleased to announce that this quarter’s guest speaker will be Annette Vee from the University of Pittsburgh. The event will be held Tuesday, October 13 from 4:20-5:50pm in the Scholar’s Lab on the first floor of the Richardson Library. She will be giving a talk called, “Coding for Everyone: What Does It Mean to Call Computer Programming a ‘Literacy’?”.

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Alumni Spotlight: Colin Sato

In this latest alumni spotlight, BA in WRD alumnus Colin Sato shares about his experiences as a high school math teacher. What have you been doing professionally or since you earned your degree? About 8 hours after I turned in my last final, I was on a plane to Tulsa to begin training with Teach for America to be a high school math teacher. I’ve been teaching mathematics to the students at Nathan Hale High School in Tulsa ever since. Since then, I have taught every math class offered at the school: algebra 1 and 2, geometry, pre-calc, and AP

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Current Student Spotlight: Deanna Gonzalez

Deanna Gonzalez is a current student in the BA in WRD program. Here, she shares her experiences as an intern at the software company kCura. Give us a brief summary of your internship. I am a technical writer at a software company called kCura. I work on a team of eight writers documenting how to use the company’s product, Relativity, a widely used legal software. I’ve had opportunities to create written content and also explore other areas of technical writing, like web design. As a WRD major with an IT minor, I appreciate how this internship has allowed me to

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Alumni Spotlight: Ted Daisher

Over the summer, we spoke with Ted Daisher, a 2015 graduate of DePaul’s BA in WRD program. While at DePaul, he worked as a Peer Writing Tutor and Head Writing Fellow at the University Center for Writing-based Learning. Soon, he will be heading to China to teach English at Huaqiao University. What have you been doing since you earned your degree? Since graduating, I’ve had an internship with a publisher and done a bit of freelance book editing. At the beginning of September, I’ll be heading over to Quanzhou, a city on the southeast coast of China, to teach English

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2015 WRD Awards Party Recap

  The Fifth Annual WRD Awards Party was a great success thanks to the participation of WRD majors and minors, MA in WRD graduate students, and MA in NMS graduate students! The awards party was held on Friday, June 5 in Cortelyou Commons and was attended by approximately 60 individuals throughout the evening. The celebration began with a time for students, their friends and family, faculty, and staff to interact and chat over dinner appetizers and live music. The awards ceremony then honored some of the best work from students in WRD’s programs and honored the 2015 inductees of the

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Celebrating Writing at DePaul

We’re excited to announce the debut of Celebrating Writing at DePaul, a student-curated exhibit that showcases different writers and how writing affects their lives! Led by Julie Bokser, each student has created a unique presentation on a writer here at DePaul. From librarians to WRD faculty, Celebrating Writing explores the impact writing has on their lives, their values, and their communities. Join us at 1:00 in the Brownstone’s annex on Tuesday, June 2nd and celebrate writing with us. Snacks will be provided! For more information, please visit the Celebrating Writing website.

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Teaching Prose Style: T.R. Johnson to Visit DePaul

Join us on Wednesday, April 22 at 6pm (reception at 5:30pm) in McGowan South 104 as WRD welcomes Professor T.R. Johnson from Tulane University. An associate professor of English and Director of the Writing Program at Tulane, his most recent scholarly work explores the potentials of Lacanian psychoanalysis as a resource for thinking about undergraduate education and, in particular, the development of writing abilities. The focus of Johnson’s talk will be “Teaching Prose Style: Why and How.”

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WRD Helps Reframe Traditional Liberal Arts Education

The WRD Department and department chair, Peter Vandenberg, were recently featured in a DePaul Insights article. In it, author Melissa Smith writes about how WRD focuses on the importance of critical thinking, communication, and interpersonal skills–all of which are vital in the professional world. To read more about how WRD is reframing the liberal arts, click here to access the article on page 9 of DePaul’s Insights.

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WRD Professor Sarah Read Receives CCCC Research Grant

This quarter, WRD Professor Sarah Read was granted a competitive Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Research Initiative grant. Beginning in March, Read along with her colleague Michael Michaud at Rhode Island College, will begin a national survey research project called “Surveying the Status of the Multi-major Professional Writing Course in U.S. Institutions of Higher Education.” As the title of the project suggests, the main goal of this research project is to gather vital data about introductory professional writing courses taught at colleges and universities across the country. According to Read, what is interesting about these introductory professional writing

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Social Justice and Writing: Angela M. Haas to Visit DePaul

Join us on Tuesday, March 10 at 6pm (reception at 5:30pm) in McGowan South 104 as WRD welcomes Professor Angela M. Haas from Illinois State University. An Associate Professor of rhetoric and technical communication, her research and teaching focus on working toward social justice in diverse local and global work places and learning spaces. Haas is also an affiliate faculty member in ethnic, Native American, and women’s and gender studies. The focus of her talk will be “Social Justice Writing Practices & Pedagogies.”

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