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Archive for February, 2010

Kathleen Blake Yancey on Eportfolios

Posted by bgsuenglish on February 21, 2010

On February 18, Rhetoric and Writing faculty and students had the honor of meeting with Dr. Kathleen Blake Yancey to discuss her work in the areas of assessment, electronic portfolios, and reflection. Dr. Yancey focused her discussion by asking students to share dissertation topics and general research interests and provided a range of resources to help students develop their expertise.

In this session, as well as in her Friday, February 19 Teaching and Learning Fair keynote, Dr. Yancey stressed the role of the web as a collaborative, knowledge-making space, and the role of eportfolios as a student-centered space for collection, selection, and reflection about learning inside and outside the classroom. Yancey also stressed the importance of eportfolios in establishing a relationship between the curriculum teachers deliver, the curriculum students experience, and finally the curriculum those same students live in their interactions with the larger culture.

Overall, Dr. Yancey’s informal and formal sessions stressed the need to understand that what we do as teachers in terms of technology and assessment impacts what our students do beyond the classroom and that the best eportfolios are ones that students return to throughout their careers. More details about Dr. Yancey’s keynote are available at


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Informal reception for Dr. Kathleen Yancey

Posted by bgsuenglish on February 17, 2010

On February 18, the Rhetoric and Writing Program and the General Studies Writing program will co-host Dr. Kathleen Blake Yancey, Kellogg W. Hunt Professor of English and Director of the graduate program in Rhetoric and Composition at Florida State University. Dr. Yancey will serve as the keynote speaker for the BGSU Center for Teaching and Learning Fair on Friday, February 19, at 11 a.m. in the BTSU Grand Ballroom. According to her faculty bio at FSU:

In addition to co-founding and co-editing the journal Assessing Writing, Dr. Yancey has authored, edited, or co-edited eleven scholarly books and two textbooks as well as over 65 articles and book chapters. Her latest volume is the co-edited Electronic Portfolios 2.0, which highlights the research on electronic portfolios conducted under the auspices of the Inter/National Coalition for Electronic Portfolio Research. Her edited collection Delivering College Composition: The Fifth Canon received the 2006-2007 Best Book Award from the Council of Writing Program Administrators. As of July 2009, she is Incoming Editor of College Composition and Communication (CCC), the flagship journal in composition and rhetoric. Currently, she is Past President of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

Everyone is invited to meet Dr. Yancey at an informal reception in the English Department Lounge from 3:15-4:15 p.m. tomorrow.

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Dr. Nickoson-Massey gives Spring Colloquia talk

Posted by bgsuenglish on February 16, 2010

As part of the ongoing Spring 2010 English Department Colloquia series, Dr. Lee Nickoson-Massey, Assistant Professor in the Rhetoric and Writing program will give a talk titled “Methods and Methodologies of Writing Studies Research: Revisiting Teacher Research.”

The talk takes place today in East Hall 206, Tuesday, February 16, 11:00-12:30 p.m.

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East Hall in the snow

Posted by bgsuenglish on February 12, 2010

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Courtney Ramsey and Bess Kosinec read at Prout

Posted by bgsuenglish on February 11, 2010

MFA Candidates Courtney Ramsey (poetry) and Bess Kosinec (fiction) will read at Prout Chapel tonight (Thursday, February 11) as part of the Creative Writing Reading Series. The reading begins at 7:30 p.m.

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Brianna Lichtenauer and Brad Felver read tonight

Posted by bgsuenglish on February 3, 2010

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