“This pedagogy of inquiry asks students to develop a different kind of relation to place, crisis, and discourse. Inquiry becomes a habit, not a precursor to anything else. It does not matter whether one feels injured by the changes or has authentic memory or feelings about the changes, or whether the changes have some kind of decidable value. In fact, it does not matter whether one cares or does not care about the issue at hand. What matters is the challenge of inquiry itself”
“In order to get at the taste of any place, its local flavor, I argue that the subject and the approach coconstitute each other; the study of the local needs ecological methods, that is, and ecological methods need the local.”
“It is not enough to write monographs. It is not enough to publish. Today, scholars must understand what happens when our research is distributed, and we must write, not for rarified audiences, but for unexpected ones. New-form scholarly publishing requires new-form scholarly (digital) writing. Digital academic publishing may on the surface appear as a lateral move from print to screen, but in fact it brings with it new questions about copyright, data analysis, multimodality, curation, archiving, and how scholarly work finds an audience. The promise of digital publishing is one that begins with the entrance of the written, and one that concludes with distribution, reuse, revision, remixing — and finally, redistribution.”
Jenny Rice, Distant Publics
“Networks are not about fixed indexes of meaning but about relations among elements [. . .] Moreover, the telos of network tracing and rhetorical inquiry is located within the process itself. Inquiry is the rhetorical goal.”
Matthew Pavesich, DC/Adapters
“I’m trying to be both open and systematic in tracking down relations between artifacts and places, as well as coding them for analysis. This balance, between openness and systematicity, indicates the limitations of the latter; systematic, in ecological fieldwork, amounts to something like ‘oriented to the system,’ rather than perfectly pinned down and annotated. I would argue that the need to adapt one’s analytical framework for new findings and to allow for a new disposition as a researcher is always in play no matter what sort of work is pursued.”
Academic Integrity Code Violations
American University takes academic dishonesty very seriously; as such, all College Writing Program faculty members are required to report cases to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Please read the AU’s Academic Integrity Code closely, and be sure to ask your professor if you have any questions. The code is available online here.
In writing papers, you must properly cite all sources (1) directly quoted, (2) paraphrased, or (3) consulted in any fashion. Sources include all printed material, any ideas or words you gather from interview or survey subjects, and any ideas or words you acquire from the Internet. Proper citation for this class means using MLA style.
Please note that it is considered plagiarism to submit informal assignments such as drafts and response papers without properly citing sources and acknowledging intellectual debts. And you may not submit one paper for assignments in two different classes without formal permission from both instructors.
The Dean’s standard policy for responding to academic dishonesty is failure of the course.
If you experience any difficulties in this course, please consult your professor. Information about additional resources that you can take advantage of is provided below.
The Counseling Center is located in Mary Graydon Center 214 and offers confidential assistance and referrals with regard to personal matters ranging from suicidal thoughts to roommate troubles. For more information, call 202-885-3500.
All students may take advantage of the Academic Support and Access Center (Mary Graydon Center 243) for individual academic counseling, skills workshops, tutor referrals, supplemental instruction, and writing appointments. For more information, call 202-885-3360.
The Writer Center is located on the first floor of the library and offers free, confidential consultations to assist you at any stage of the writing process. Call for an appointment: 202-885-2991.
Research librarians can help you to find, evaluate, and cite research materials of all shapes and sizes. [Insert information here about the research librarian that you and your students will be working with over the course of the term. Contact the Director of the College Writing Program, John Hyman, for more information about CWP instructor/AU librarian pairings.]
The College Writing Program’s International Student Coordinator, Angela Dadak, works one-on-one with non-native speakers of English. Whether you are an international student or not, you can meet with Professor Dadak in her office (Battelle 255) about many things related to our class, from writing papers to participating in class discussions. You can contact Professor Dadak as follows: firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-885-2915.
Sharing of Course Content
Students are not permitted to make visual or audio recordings, including live streaming, of classroom lectures or any class related content, using any type of recording devices (e.g., smart phone, computer, digital recorder, etc.) unless prior permission from the instructor is obtained , and there are no objections from any of the students in the class. If permission is granted, personal use and sharing of recordings and any electronic copies of course materials (e.g., PowerPoints, formulas, lecture notes and any classroom discussions online or otherwise) is limited to the personal use of students registered in the course and for educational purposes only, even after the end of the course.
Exceptions will be made for students who present a signed Letter of Accommodation from the Academic Support and Access Center. See: How Do I Request Accommodations?
< http://www.american.edu/ocl/asac/Accommodations.cfm >
To supplement the classroom experience, lectures may be audio or video recorded by faculty and made available to students registered for this class. Faculty may record classroom lectures or discussions for pedagogical use, future student reference, or to meet the accommodation needs of students with a documented disability. These recordings are limited to personal use and may not be distributed (fileshare), sold, or posted on social media outlets without the written permission of faculty.
Unauthorized downloading, file sharing, distribution of any part of a recorded lecture or course materials, or using information for purposes other than the student’s own learning may be deemed a violation ofAmerican University’s Student Conduct Code and subject to disciplinary action (see Student Conduct Code VI. Prohibited Conduct).
American University expressly prohibits any form of discriminatory harassment including sexual harassment, dating and domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The university is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws in its programs and activities.
If you experience any of the above, you have the option of filing a report with the AU Department of Public Safety (202-885-2527) or the Office of the Dean of Students (email@example.com or 202-885-3300). Please keep in mind that all faculty and staff – with the exception of counselors in the Counseling Center, victim advocates in the Wellness Center, medical providers in the Student Health Center, and ordained clergy in the Kay Spiritual Life Center – who are aware of or witness this conduct are required to report this information to the university, regardless of the location of the incident. For more information, including a list of supportive resources on and off-campus, contact OASIS: The Office of Advocacy Services for Interpersonal and Sexual Violence (www.american.edu/sexualassault, firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-885-7070), or the Office of the Dean of Student (www.american.edu/ocl/dos).
An “I” is a temporary final course grade assigned in response to an extenuating, documented situation. In order to receive this grade, you must qualify and you must complete a contract with your professor. This contract outlines the work to be done, the completion date, and the default grade should the work go unfinished. I only reserve this for the most serious situations, like family or personal life emergencies.
I do not accept late homework. Every day you submit an essay late lowers your essay grade a letter grade. I do not accept major assignment that you submit more than a week late. If you have extenuating circumstances, please let me know well in advance, so we may work out a plan.
You must submit all major writing assignments in order to pass this course.
E-Mail and Social Media
Feel free to email me whenever you need to. I usually answer email pretty quickly, but if you don’t hear from me in over twenty-four hours, please feel free to gently remind me. For more general questions about the course or assignments, you should first go to Slack for answers since you’ll probably get a quicker response.
Final Grade Requirement for College Writing
You must receive a grade of C or better to satisfy AU’s requirement for College Writing.
Extra credit opportunities for all class members may or may not be provided over the course of the term at my sole discretion. No individualized opportunities for extra credit will be offered.
You will have opportunities to revise as a matter of course. See each individual assignment for the proper protocol.
I don’t normally allow for extensions unless you have a serious emergency. If you think you might qualify for an extension due to a major life event, please let me know as soon as possible.
Students with Disabilities and/or Special Needs
If you wish to receive accommodations for a disability, please notify all of your course professors with letters from the Academic Support and Access Center (Mary Graydon Center 243). As accommodations are not retroactive, timely notification at the beginning of the semester, if possible, is requested.
Please note that students with formal athletic obligations are considered students with special needs and should be in contact with all of their professors at the start of every term to discuss scheduling and related matters.
Major Course Requirements
The information provided in this syllabus section is meant only to provide an overview; much more information about each major course assignment will be provided and also discussed in class.
The College Writing Program has a policy by which more than three unexcused absences may lead to failure of this course. Excused absences include but are not limited to major religious holidays, a medical reason, athletic participation on an AU team, off-campus activities that are required and related to another class, or a family emergency. I may ask you to provide documentation of your absence.