CO300 Professional Development Workshops

“Grade Norming for Multimodal Projects.”  So you are all excited about integrating more multimodal projects in your sections of Writing Arguments.  What’s stopping you?  Maybe consternation (or just a little insecurity) about assessment.  Beth Lechleitner (whose own consternation makes her highly qualified) and Laura Thomas will facilitate this assessment norming session for wannabe multimodal pedagogues.  Also welcome are CO300 instructors who already teach multimodal assignments and would like to share their wealth of experience or perhaps confirm, refine their approaches.

Dates:                  Early October, exact date TBA

“Audiences:  Invoked/Addressed/Unintended.”   Ed Lessor facilitates a discussion of audience in the social media era using the two Ede and Lunsford essays from the CO300 reader to ground a conversation about the complexities of teaching audience in multimodal compositional environments. Discussion will center on integrating these theoretical texts with CO300 coursework with a focus on practical classroom activities and assignments.

Dates:                  Monday, November 11 and Tuesday, November 12

Time:                   4:30-5:30 p.m.


English Department College to Career Panel

On Thursday, October 3, 2013, 5:30-7:30pm Behavioral Sciences Building Room 103, Pam Coke, Director of the English Education Program will moderate the College to Career Panel in the Behavioral Sciences Building, Room 103. Panelists include: Mackenzie Fogelson ’02, Founder and CEO, Mack Web Solutions, Todd Forkner ’04, English Teacher, Fossil Ridge High School, Caleb Harrison, Law Student, University of Denver.  For additional information, please visit:


News: Mike Palmquist

Mike Palmquist’s article, “What We Really Value: Redefining Scholarly Engagement in Tenure and Promotion Protocols,” which he co-authored with Michael Day, Susan Delagrange, Michael Pemberton, and Janice Walker, appears in the most recent edition of College Composition and Communication.

Mike’s work with the WAC Clearinghouse (now in its seventeenth year of operation and home to more than 50 scholarly books and six academic journals) was recently profiled in Inside Higher Education by blogger and librarian Barbara Fister (see

Last month, Mike presented an invited talk at Arizona State University. The subject and title of the talk was MultiModalDigitalVisualRhetoric.


Congratulations to Sue Doe and Kate Kiefer for their gtPathways efforts.  Those efforts have significantly contributed to CSU’s recent ranking in U.S. News and World Report, which recognized CSU as an outstanding example of institutions that encourage “Writing in the Disciplines” – a distinction that helps drive student success, according to U.S. News. This ranking recognizes universities where writing is a priority at all levels of instruction and across the curriculum. Among the 19 universities listed with CSU were Brown University, Cornell University, Duke University, Harvard University, Princeton University and Yale University.

Publication: Sue Doe

Sue and  (husband) Bill Doe’s article “Residence Time and Military Literacies” was just published in Composition Forum Volume 28 as part of a special issue on student veterans. The article posits the theoretical notion of “residence time” (a notion used widely in the biological and engineering sciences to describe the time it takes for an object to move through a reservoir or any liquid medium) as a way of understanding “induction” into any organization, including the military, and the literacies that result. Using two recent war memoirs, one by an enlisted soldier and another by an officer, they examine ways that military values are inscribed upon new recruits yet also are subject to interaction with the service member’s history and scripts prior to military service. They further suggest that “residence time” may help to explain veterans’ transition challenges when they re-enter civilian sectors.  Bill Doe, formerly of the Warner College of Natural Resources, is CEO of Veterans Green Jobs, a national nonprofit endeavoring to put the newest generation of veterans to work in the green energy sector.

Publication: Jerrod Bohn

Murmurations, an online literary journal, has published the entire second section of Jerrod Bohn’s book-length manuscript Animal Histories. Another journal, Spry, has accepted poems from the same manuscript. Additional poems from that manuscript are now up in issue #22 of Word For/Word: