Writing

Writing for Academe: A Series on Dialogue, Mentoring, and Motivation

Karen Hoelscher and Carmen Werder on finding joy and success in writing for the academy.

Pay Yourself First

To get ahead, you need to make your agenda the top priority, writes Kerry Ann Rockquemore.

Being COMPetitive

Randall McClure considers how literature scholars facing a terrible job market can become good candidates for writing positions.

Advice for Grad Students -- II

Stephen C. Stearns outlines writing issues facing those in doctoral programs.

Critiquing, Defending Academic BS

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Composition scholars consider whether their language and tone alienate the public -- or raise tough issues.

Unexpected Audience

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Freshmen at Brown had no idea that anyone other than their academic advisers would be reading what they wrote, but their letters were being evaluated by writing instructors.

Choose Your Own Freshman Comp

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City College of New York ditches general writing courses for weightier discipline-specific writing courses team taught by upper-level professors and writing instructors.

Decoding Social Media Mysteries

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Hanson Hosein wants to lead you on an expedition into uncharted territory. It will be expensive, and even your guides will not always know exactly where you are going. But if you can come out with a better understanding of the lawless and sometimes hazardous terrain, the returns will be well worth the investment.

How to Test Writing

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The College Board has revamped the tests used by students at many colleges to either place out of introductory composition or earn credit for the course. The changes involve an additional type of essay -- more research-oriented and less philosophical -- as well as shifts in the multiple choice questions.

Can You Trust Automated Grading?

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ETS says new research shows its program can be superior to human evaluation of college students, but MIT scholar says claims are built on false premises.

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