Archive for March, 2009

ATTW & CCCC presentations, 2009

March 27, 2009

Students and Faculty in the RCID Program combined presentations @

the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW) conference and

the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC)

Both in San Francisco, March 2009

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Abboud, Joshua. Presenter, Research Network Forum. CCCC.

Booher, Amanda K. “Communicating With/In Technologized Bodies.” ATTW.

Ding, Huiling. “Genre Analysis of Case Definitions of SARS: Is Medical Knowledge Culturally Contingent or Universally Applicable?” CCCC.

Dinolfo, John. Presenter, Research Network Forum, CCCC.

Figueiredo, Sergio. “acCOMICating Science.” CCCC.

—. Presenter, Research Network Forum. CCCC.

Fishman, Teddi. “Wii Wave: Riding the Waves Shaping our Digital Communicative Acts.” CCCC.

Hodgson, Justin. “Writing with Light: Surfing Electronic/Digital Wave (or particle) to Scholarship.” CCCC.

Hatter, Alicia. Presenter, Research Network Forum. CCCC.

Hatter, Alicia, Tharon Howard, and Randy Nichols. “Composing, Communicating and Evaluating Digital Scholarship in 21st-century Contexts.” Panel. ATTW.

Haynes, Cynthia. “Casuistic Code.” CCCC.

___. Serious Games SIG Leader. CCCC.

Helms, Jason. “Figure, Discourse: Postcritical Comics.” CCCC.

Hilligoss, Susan. “What Are Students Really Learning from Textbooks? Creating Effective Pedagogy Through User-Experience Design.” CCCC.

Hilst, Joshua C. “Gutter Talk: Another Idiom of Rhetoric.” CCCC.

Howard, Tharon. “Evaluating 21-Century Digital Scholarship.” ATTW

___. “How Students Really Learn from Textbooks: A 50,000′ View of Four Usability Studies.” CCCC.

Katz, Steve. “The Evolution of Technological Relations: A New Ethics?” ATTW.

—. “The Ancient Hebrew Bible as Rhetorical Propedeutic: The Hermeneutic Principles of Rabbis and Mystics in Ancient Judah.” CCCC.

Li, Xiaoli. “Making waves in the age of globalization–alternative approaches to teaching intercultural communication in an upper-level writing class.” CCCC.

Newbold, Curtis. “Reframing the Creative Process for Technical Communication.” ATTW.

Nichols, Randy. Presenter, Research Network Forum. CCCC.

Vitanza, Victor J. “The Curious Case of Rhetorics of Histories.” CCCC.

___. Table Discussion Leader, Research Network Forum. CCCC.

Walwema, Josephine. “Composing argument: what comics can teach the composition scholar.”

___. Presenter, Research Network Forum. CCCC.

Wang, Lin. Presenter, Research Network Forum. CCCC.

Ward, Mark, Sr. “The Ethic of Exigence: Information Design, Postmodern Ethics, and the Holocaust.” ATTW.

___. “Revisiting ‘The Ethic of Expediency’: New Perspectives on
Technical Communication and the Holocaust.” CCCC.

___. Presenter, Research Network Forum. CCCC.

Williams, Sean. “What Can Technical Communication Learn From a Good Conversation?”

Wu, Dan. Presenter, Research Network Forum. CCCC.


Alicia Hatter, Josephine Walwema,

Joshua Abboud, Sergio Figueiredo



2009 Douglass Award

March 26, 2009

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.

Women’s Commission Honors …

March 26, 2009

Amanda Booher, a Ph.D. student in the interdisciplinary Rhetorics, Communication and Information Design program (RCID), was named the outstanding graduate student. amandaegs Her research focuses on bodies, specifically on theorizing the relationship between bodies and technologies through prosthetics. Throughout her college experience, she has studied and worked on gender issues, working as the interim director of Case Western Reserve’s Women’s Center and counseling and teaching sex ed at a women’s clinic in Cleveland. At Clemson, Booher has been an active member of the Women’s Studies committee, serving as the graduate representative for the past two years and teaching women’s studies courses. She is a co-founder of VOX, a student organization committed to promoting women’s rights and sexual health. Elisa Sparks, director of the Women’s Studies program, said Booher’s bald head, caused by the autoimmune condition alopecia, is part of her power as a role model. “It makes her instantly recognizable and memorable,” said Sparks, “but she carries this notoriety with noticeable grace, assuring other women that there is no shame in looking different, and that energy and intelligence and empathy are the most important elements of achievement.”

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Serious Games, SIG CCCC, SF, ’09

March 3, 2009

Announcing a Special Interest Group at CCCC in San Francisco on “Serious Games.”

Session: FSIG.22 on March 13, 2009 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM


This special interest group will focus on the study and  application of serious games relative to communication, rhetoric, and creative expression. ‘Serious games’ is defined by a variety of game platforms, designs, and purposes. While the obvious “serious” application of games is for education (and training), many games are studied rhetorically as a means of critiquing broader cultural phenomena. Thus, this SIG is designed to concern both theoretical and practical aspects of “serious games,” and build a community of rhetoric and composition game studies scholars, designers, and users. As a new SIG, we aim to build this community through collaborative and open source social technologies that support both game play and enable teaching and communication practices.

Our combined experience with such systems over the past 13 years, and our connections with both U.S. and international game studies scholars and journals gives us an important basis for forming this group. We developed Lingua MOO in 1995 and the enCore system on which many MOOs are still based. Most recently, we have organized the Serious Games Colloquium of the new Rhetoric, Communication, and Information Design PhD program at Clemson University (Directed by Victor Vitanza). And we recently spent a year teaching in the Computer Game studies research center at IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark. We are also on the editorial board of both GameStudies e-journal and the Sage Publication journal, Games and Culture. We plan to form this SIG as a research collective studying various serious games such as America’s Army, Second Life, World of Warcraft, and other massively multi-player games.

During this second Serious Games SIG there will be a discussion of the Clemson RCID Serious Games Colloquium and Clemson’s new gaming-across-the-curriculum initiative. At CCCC 2008 in New Orleans we held the first Serious Games SIG meeting, and had a good size audience. Discussion for the 2009 CCCC SIG on Serious Games will also involve collaboration on game designs, machinima videos made from game footage, and demos of game research projects. Co-chairs are Cynthia Haynes and Jan Holmevik of Clemson University’s RCID PhD program (Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design).

Hope you can join us!

Best wishes,

Cynthia Haynes and Jan Holmevik