Composition for Nonnative Speakers of English II introduces students to writing argumentative, academic essays. On occasion, I also teach Composition for Nonnative Speakers of English I and Composition for Native Speakers.


Writing is the entry course for the English Writing Option majors. In it, students explore writing—its history, theoretical foundations, processes, technologies, and purposes—and gain a clear understanding not only of what writing is and how it works but also of what writing means to them and how to use it effectively in their professional lives.

Writing Seminar

Graduate writing workshop intensive with special emphasis on writing process, discourse, and style.  Analysis of professional models, strategies, and standards.  Students develop skills necessary for graduate-level course work.


Analysis of language as a reflection of society and language use in specific social contexts. Introduction of research tools for language studies.

Composition Studies: Research and Methods

Provide a representative overview of composition studies approaches to research and methods.

Structure & Origins of the English Language

Structure and Origins of the English Language introduces students to the grammatical structure of English and to the history of its development. Students study English grammar and morphology, parse sentences, gain a better understanding of dialectal differences, and see how English has evolved from its Germanic origins to its modern usage.

Structure and Phonology of American English

Seminar in the structure of American English. Emphasis on the relationship between the phonological and syntactic systems as well as on the differences between spoken and written English.

Historical Development of the English Language

The development of English from its Indo-European roots to modern times. Processes of change and attitudes toward change.

Introduction to Electronic Literature

In Introduction to Electronic Literature, students look at established and emerging forms of electronic literature such as hypertext fiction and digital poetry and critically examine how electronic genres connect to and transform traditional conceptions of literature, along with composing their own electronic pieces.

Writing for Cyberspace

As the name states, students study writing for cyberspace. In this class, students analyze the affordances and constraints of digital environments for writing, how digital spaces redefine what is meant by writing, and the rhetoric associated with various digital genres. In addition, students create and write in the cyberworld.

Business & Professional Writing

Students analyze and compose texts used in business and professional contexts, such as resumes, memos, and formal reports.

Research & Technology

In this course, students learn about quantitative and qualitative approaches to research. They learn to formulate a hypothesis and situate it in prior research, conduct their own primary research, and use their findings to posit a theoretical understanding of the phenomenon they investigate.