Sue Doe and Lisa Langstraat: Publication

Sue Doe and Lisa Langstraat’s co-edited collection, Generation Vet: Composition, Veterans and the Post-9/11 University will be published by Utah State University Press, which is currently merging with the University of Colorado press.  The collection includes essays that explore the relationship between the burgeoning U.S. veteran population in universities and issues of citizenship, disability, anti-war activism, writing and trauma, veterans’ community writing projects, and composition pedagogy.  The collection is slated for publication early in 2013.


Upper Division Composition Workshop: Textbook

Upper Division Composition Workshop on Rhetorical Analysis: A Brief Guide for Writers.

Tuesday, February 28 from 11 am-12 pm  in the Eddy Library, aka the Philosophy Library (323D—along the west end of the building)


Wednesday, February 29 from 4-5 pm in the Whitaker conference room.

Beth Lechleitner will lead an in-depth look at this text which was among those previewed at the roundtable discussion at the beginning of the month, (no need to have attended the introduction to all five texts to attend and benefit from this one.) Key features of the text will be highlighted, some recommended activities enumerated, and we will explore how this text, which is a particularly good choice for veteran instructors of CO300, can be integrated with Readings in Rhetoric for Advanced Writers (RRAW).

If you were not able to attend this week’s session on A Little Argument, but would like to look at that text more closely, review copies are available for check out from Kate Kiefer.  She also has a few copies of the handouts from the workshop. And Beth is happy to talk with you about either of these books.

Upper Division Composition Workshop: Textbook

Upper Division Composition Workshop on Nancy Wood’s Essentials of Arguments and Perspectives of Argument: This workshop will focus on how each of these well-written and engaging texts can be used to help our upper division students write and analyze arguments effectively. Join Christina Sutton on Tuesday March 6th or Wednesday March 7th in the Whitaker Conference Room from 3:30-4:30pm.

Upper Division Composition Workshops: Introduction to Teaching CO300

Upper Division Composition Workshop: Introduction to Teaching CO300. This is a series of three workshops for those who have not yet taught 300 but are interested in doing so in the future. Each one builds on the previous one, so the whole series provides an orientation to the goals and objectives of the course as well as examples of how current instructors have designed syllabi and assignments to achieve those goals and objectives. In sum, people need to go to all three if at all possible and that’s the expectation set for those who have committed to attending. The dates for this series of workshops are:

  1. Thursday February 23rd, in the Whitaker Conference Room at 2:00-3:30pm.
  2. Thursday, February 16th in the Whitaker Conference Room at 2:00-3:30pm.
  3. Thursday, March 1st in the Whitaker Conference Room at 2:00-3:30pm.


Upper Division Composition News: Spring, 2012

We’re working on several workshops this spring, both to introduce the newly recommended titles of textbooks for CO300 and to prepare new teachers of CO300. More details about each session will appear in coming weeks in the newsletter calendar. Specific information about places and times for the sessions will appear in the newsletter and in email notifications. Please contact Kate Kiefer with any questions about the topics of upcoming sessions.

Week of Feb 6 – Roundtable on the CO300 textbook review process and recommended list
Week of Feb 13 – First session of “New Teacher of CO300” series –
Week of Feb 20 – A Little Argument
Week of Feb 20 – Second session of “New Teacher of CO300” series
Week of Feb 27 – Rhetorical Analysis
Week of Feb 27 – Final session of “New Teacher of CO300” series
Week of March 5 – Well-Crafted Argument
Week of March 26 – Essentials of Argument/Perspectives on Argument
Week of April 2 – Syllabus design, 1
Week of April 9 – Syllabus design, 2

Our first session, the Roundtable on the textbook review process and the recommended list of titles will run on Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 12:30-1:30 pm and on Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 4-5 pm in Natural Resources 112. Please join Kate Kiefer, Ed Lessor, Bev McQuinn, and Debra Walker for one of these sessions for a brief overview of the final five books after our comprehensive textbook review.

Upper Division Composition News

At Kate Kiefer’s request, Bev McQuinn, Debra Walker, Ed Lessor, and Kate undertook a comprehensive review of argument textbooks this semester and are preparing to share insights and recommendations with all faculty interested in or currently teaching CO300. We anticipate NO changes in textbook adoptions for spring 2012. We will begin with a roundtable discussion of our review process and most highly ranked texts in February and then follow with a series of workshops later in spring semester. If you have specific issues you would like to be sure we cover in the workshops, please get in touch with one of us.

Lisa Langstraat and Sue Doe: Instructor Short Course

Lisa Langstraat and Sue Doe will be offering a TILT Short Course, “Working with Post-9/11 Student-Veterans,” October 13th and 20th. Get more information or register for this course.

CSU Writing in the News

According to the 2012 U.S. News and World Report “America’s Best Colleges,” Colorado State University is “one of the top 20 [universities] that makes writing a priority as a critical element of student success.”  Read the rest of this front page Rocky Mountain Collegian article, published on September 20, 2011.