Welcome to FSTY 1313: Rhetoric and Composition II. 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 (M/W 9:00–12:00).
A bit about me: This is my second year as an assistant professor at St. Edward’s University. Before I moved to Austin, I spent six year at Iowa State University completing my graduate work 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. After a year in Austin, I can confidently state that I love the restaurants and I hate the heat.
I am very excited about getting to you know all of you and working with you this semester to strengthen your skills as writers and researchers. This will be a rigorous course, but I am confident that all of you can succeed. Who knows, I may even convince a few of you to major in English Writing and Rhetoric. (A guy can dream, can’t he?)
We’re going to dive right in to our first assignment this week, so you’ll need to read pages 353–66 in Writing about Writing before you come to class on Thursday. In addition, you should come to class ready to discuss your earliest memories of reading and writing.
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 II. Before you post, a few ground rules: (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. (3) 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!