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Tharon Howard chosen for the J.R. Gould Award

March 26, 2011

We in RCID are pleased to announce that the Society for Communication, on the recommendation of the J. R. Gould Award Committee, has chosen Tharon Howard as a recipient of the prestigious J. R. Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2011

The award committee noted Tharon’s life-long work as a mentor of students in usability and community involvement, and his passionate encouragement of students in STC competitions. The committee thanked Tharon for his commitment to excellence in teaching technical communication. 

The award will be conferred at the Honors Banquet (8:00 pm –10:30 pm, in the Hyatt Regency) of the annual STC conference, which will be held on May 15-18 in Sacramento, California.

Congratulations, Tharon!

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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