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Professional and Public Writing

Minor Professional and Public Writing

This minor aims to prepare students to write confidently and effectively in professional and public situations. Students can choose to focus on professional writing, where they analyze and produce genres required by employers; public writing, where they study and engage in meaningful social action through written texts; or a combination of courses tailored to the student’s own interests. Students will write purposefully, imaginatively, and persuasively in, across, and beyond their college courses. The minor provides excellent preparation for students whether they are pursuing graduate school, law school, or want a significant edge in the professional world or within their communities.

Requirements for the Minor in Professional and Public Writing:

WTNG 102 Expository Writing  

Select two (2) WTNG courses at the 200 Level of above from the following list of courses,/p>

WTNG 200 Critical Writing for the Humanities and the Social Sciences  
WTNG 220 Critical Writing for the Professions*  
WTNG 230 Rhetoric of Film: Writing about Film*  
WTNG 250 Advanced Composition*  
WTNG 270 Travel Writing*  
WTNG 299 Special Topics in Writing *  

Select two (2) WTNG courses at the 300 Level or above from the following list of courses

WTNG 300 Rhetoric in a Global Context*  
WTNG 301 The Rhetoric of Narrative*  
WTNG 302 Art of Writing: Forms of the Essay*  
WTNG 303 Advanced Composition*  
WTNG 305 Writing the City*  
WTNG 311 Technical Writing*  
WTNG 320 Writing for Business Organizations*  
WTNG 321 Multimodal Writing in Public Spheres*  
WTNG 322 Advancing Public Argument*  

Select one (1) course at the 400 Level or above from the following list of courses

WTNG 400 Writing for Social Change  
WTNG 430 Special Topics  
WTNG 460 Writing Studies Internship  
WTNG 470 The Writing Thesis/Portfolio  

*This course meets the 200 level University writing requirement for the Core Curriculum.

Catherine Forsa
Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University
M.A., Seton Hall University
B.A., Fairfield University

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GHH 233
Areas of Expertise: 
Professional and Technical Writing, Writing in the Disciplines, Writing across the Curriculum, First-Year Writing

Catherine Forsa

Catherine
Forsa
Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University
M.A., Seton Hall University
B.A., Fairfield University

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x3567
GHH 233
Areas of Expertise: 
Professional and Technical Writing, Writing in the Disciplines, Writing across the Curriculum, First-Year Writing

Dr. Forsa teaches professional, technical, and first-year writing courses. She encourages students to consider how their disciplinary interests can inform their writing projects. She also teaches in RWU’s Core general education program. She has experience teaching writing for engineering and the health professions.
 
Her research interests center on interdisciplinary approaches to writing and how texts circulate in the public sphere. Dr. Forsa has written articles and presented conference papers on a range of topics, including historical science writing, technical writing pedagogy, and writing center pedagogy.
 

Keith Clavin
Adjunct Professor
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Keith Clavin

Keith
Clavin
Adjunct Professor
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Keith Clavin has a PhD in Literary Studies. He has worked at Roger Williams since 2014. In the Writing Program, he has taught WTNG 102: Expository Writing and WTNG 220: Critical Writing for the Professions. His research interests include Victorian literature and culture, the history of economic thought, film, and critical theory.

Diane Beltran
Adjunct Professor

MA English: Writing & Rhetoric, University of Rhode Island

BA English / African-American Studies, Mount Holyoke College

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Diane Beltran

Diane
Beltran
Adjunct Professor

MA English: Writing & Rhetoric, University of Rhode Island

BA English / African-American Studies, Mount Holyoke College

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Professor Beltran frequently teaches WTNG 102: Expository Writing here at Roger Williams University. 

Kellie Charron
Adjunct Professor
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Kellie Charron

Kellie
Charron
Adjunct Professor
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Kellie Charron is currently an Adjunct Instructor with the English and Writing Departments of the Community College of Rhode Island, Roger Williams University, and the University of Massachusetts at Boston. Here at RWU, she is responsible for teaching several sections of the WTNG 102: Expository Writing course, both in-person and online.

Ronald Schmitt
Adjunct Professor

Ph.D, University of Rhode Island

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Ronald Schmitt

Ronald
Schmitt
Adjunct Professor

Ph.D, University of Rhode Island

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I received my doctorate in English from the University of Rhode Island in 1995. My areas of specialization were mythology, folklore, science fiction and critical theory and I contributed a few publications in those fields at that time. I also taught at U.R.I. as a teaching assistant during my graduate work there.

I have been teaching for over 20 years at the Accelerated and Professional Studies Division of Fisher College, formerly in Fall River and currently in New Bedford and North Attleboro, MA. In addition, I have taught for the past several years at The Community College of Rhode Island and Roger Williams University as an adjunct professor.

I am also a professional musician who has played in several local bands, but I am currently composing and recording music for ballroom dancing. My ballroom music is available at iTunes, Amazon and CDBaby, and can be heard on Spotify, Jango and other Internet Radio services under the name Lunamoon.

My apocalyptic novel, Not With A Bang: The Last Days of America will be self-published on Amazon this year.

Christian Pulver
Assistant Professor of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition
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401-254-5663
Global Heritage Hall 239
Areas of Expertise: 
Information economies; history of literacy and rhetoric; composition pedagogy; Marxist cultural theory; visual rhetoric and design.

Christian Pulver

Christian
Pulver
Assistant Professor of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition
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401-254-5663
Global Heritage Hall 239
Areas of Expertise: 
Information economies; history of literacy and rhetoric; composition pedagogy; Marxist cultural theory; visual rhetoric and design.

 Christian PulverMr. Pulver was born under the shadow of Denali and raised by a family of wolves. After one winter too many and one meal too few, he broke from the pack driving a Nissan Sentra and headed east to Boston. His intention, so he claims, was to go to the “big city” and “find himself” not realizing he could have stopped in Seattle, Chicago, or any number of big cities on his way East. He has spent the last fifteen years living in New York and New England.

Mr. Pulver received his M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts Boston and his Ph.D. in English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. As a masters student he studied literature, composition, and cultural theory. His master’s thesis explored the theoretical and practical concerns associated with building online writing applications specifically designed to teach digital literacies.

David Gillespie
Adjunct Professor

B.A, M.A.

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(401) 751-3433

David Gillespie

David
Gillespie
Adjunct Professor

B.A, M.A.

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(401) 751-3433

“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.

Jane Harrison
Adjunct Professor

B.A. Brown, M.A. URI

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Jane Harrison

Jane
Harrison
Adjunct Professor

B.A. Brown, M.A. URI

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Ms. Harrison teaches Critical Writing for the Professions.

Her interests include environmental conservation and historical preservation. She has written grant applications that have garnered more than $1.5 million for the Town of Warren to protect farmland and wildlife habit and more than $100,000 for restoration of the historic Maxwell House in Warren, RI.

Barbara VonVillas, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor

B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (English) University of Rhode Island
C.A.G.S. (Educational Administration) Rhode Island College

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Barbara VonVillas, Ph.D.

Barbara
VonVillas, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor

B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (English) University of Rhode Island
C.A.G.S. (Educational Administration) Rhode Island College

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Dr. VonVillas teaches WTNG 220:  Critical Writing for the Professions and CORE 104: Literature, Philosophy, and the Ascent of Ideas.

She came to RWU in 2006 after 35 years as a public school teacher and administrator in 3 states, including 7 years as a RI Superintendent of Schools.

She has served as the editor of The Leaflet (New England Association of Teachers of English). Her articles have been published in the Middle School Journal (Association for Middle Level Education), The Bulletin (National Association of Secondary School Principals), and The School Administrator (American Association of Shool Administrators.)

She has also served as a Chair of the Middletown, RI School Committee and is currently a 3rd term member of the Middletown Town Council.  Her educational passion is improving instruction, and her political focus is the regionalization of Newport County (RI) high schools.

See her web site at middletownleads@blogspot.com

Rosalie Franks
Adjunct Professor

B.A, Smith College
M.A., Columbia University, Teacher's College
Ed.D., Boston University

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401-254-3035
Global Heritage Hall 209

Rosalie Franks

Rosalie
Franks
Adjunct Professor

B.A, Smith College
M.A., Columbia University, Teacher's College
Ed.D., Boston University

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401-254-3035
Global Heritage Hall 209

Dr. Franks teaches WTNG 100: Introduction to Academic Writing, WTNG 102: Expository Writing, Writing 200: Critical Writing for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Core 104: Literature, Philosophy, and the Ascent of Ideas, and COMM 210: Introduction to Public Speaking.