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Professor Mary Jo Reiff To Speak

Professor Mary Jo Reiff is the Keynote Speaker for the English Department’s 2014 Teaching Workshop.  On Thursday, August 14th, from 1:00-2:00pm, in 1210-1211 McClung Tower, Professor Reiff will speak on “Navigating Threshold Concepts for Teaching Argument: Intersections of Discourse Communities, Genres, and Audiences.”

Professor Mary Jo Reiff will also lead a workshop from 2:15-3:45 on “From Academic to Public Communities, Genres, and Audiences: Tips for Teaching.”  The workshop will also be held in McClung 1210-1211.

Professor Reiff has published books and articles on audience theory, public rhetoric, and rhetorical genre studies, with a recent book entitled Genre: An Introduction to History, Theory, Research, and Pedagogy (Parlor Press, 2010, with Anis Bawarshi). She has also published a book on audience, Approaches to Audience: An Overview of the Major Perspectives (2004), and has co-authored textbooks (with Amy Devitt and Anis Bawarshi) entitled Scenes of Writing: Strategies for Composing with Genre (2004) and Rhetoric of Inquiry (2009, with Kirsten Benson). Articles related to her research on multiple audiences, critical ethnography, and public genres have appeared inWritten CommunicationComposition StudiesCollege EnglishJAC, and WAC Journal.  Her current research focuses on the genre of the public petition as a culturally embedded site for rhetorical intervention and social action.


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