2009 Douglass Award

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RCID Students are Teachers, Too!

Second year RCID student Alicia Hatter was named the recipient of the 2009 Douglass Award for excellence in teaching English 103. Dr. Cynthia Haynes, director of the Accelerated Composition program, noted,

We received five excellent nominees, and the decision was excruciatingly tough! We wanted to give it to all of them! Alicia had several nominations, has been conducting research in teaching ENG 103, presented about teaching ENG 103 at conferences, and contributed many outstanding ideas for our curriculum and teaching methods.

Clemson’s Accelerated Composition curriculum is noteworthy for its multimodal approach to the genre of argumentation. The pedagogical model underlying the course is process-oriented, and students are mentored through a series of drafts which, when “finished,” comprise the bulk of a polished portfolio. The movement from major assignment to major assignment not only covers traditional “deep revision” strategies which help students move beyond sentence-level changes, but also shifts in terms of the students’ mode of production. For example, the first assignment is a visual rhetoric project which can involve the actual creation of a rhetorical artifact, in addition to a formal, written analysis of that artifact. The course culminates in a full multimedia/ted argument which is collaboratively rendered and produced.

Alicia’s research explores specific ways in which ahattermtstudents compose multimodally. At the 2009 ATTW (Association of Teachers of Technical Writing) conference in San Francisco, CA, Alicia delivered a presentation on Pecha Kucha, a method of delivering PowerPoint presentations in which the presenter is limited to a total of 20 slides, each displaying on the screen for only 20 seconds. Alicia argued that the form’s constraints can force composers to lose the textual defaults and embrace the power of (moving) images and visual narratives as powerful ways of evoking pathos and, ultimately, persuasion. Alicia’s ENG 103 students compose two Pecha Kucha presentations during the semester: one at midterm (which is turned in as a video using the Adobe Presenter plug-in for PowerPoint), and the other for the final (which is performed live). Alicia also enjoys introducing her students to composition methods which involve digital video and image-manipulation as a way of discovering how to elicit particular rhetorical effects. She also likes a good MLA research paper, too. :]

All are welcome and encouraged to attend the Architecture, Arts, and Humanities’ Honors Ceremony on April 6th, at 3:30 pm, at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts as we celebrate and honor outstanding students. The ceremony will feature performances by the Clemson University String Quartet, the winner of the Eaton-Freeman Piano Competition, the vocal ensemble TakeNote, and the Clemson University Steel Band. The guest speaker is writer and Clemson alum Ron Rash. Ron is the John Parris Chair of Appalachian Studies at Western Carolina University and the author of books of poetry, short stories, and prize-winning novels.

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