“In my mind, the best teacher is the example. A writing teacher should write, and I provide my own models for all my assignments.” Mr. Gillespie has been teaching at RWU since 1991, and he has been a faculty writing tutor for almost as long. Besides RWU, Mr. Gillespie has taught college writing at The Rhode Island School of Design, The University of Rhode Island, The Community College of Rhode Island, UMass-Lowell, Cape Cod Community College, and the University of Arizona, where he earned a Master’s Degree in English with an emphasis on junior-college teaching. Mr. Gillespie earned a Bachelor’s Degree (emphasis on secondary education) from the University of Connecticut.
Prior to working at RWU, Mr. Gillespie was a free-lance writer for various newspapers and magazines. He also worked in a resume-writing office. He sold a writing sample to textbook publisher/writer John Langan and wrote a book about citation formats (Cite Right) for RWU. He also wrote a “Peer Tutor Guide” for RWU’s Writing Center.
Mr. Gillespie was a founding member of RWU’s online writing courses, being the only writing teacher doing the online classes for the first several years. While keeping the online courses as clear and simple as possible, he offers a plethora of models, checklists, PowerPoints, etc. He also utilizes audio tactics, such as Panopto and Elluminate Live. Writing requires a process, and Mr. Gillespie gives his students tips for strengthening all the steps that go into creating communicable papers.
He often teaches WTNG 100: Introduction to Academic Writing, WTNG 102: Expository Writing, and WTNG 220: Critical Writing for the Professions.