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Question Everything: a new faculty profile of Rory Lee

Rory Lee

Rory Lee

Meet Rory Lee, one of our newest assistant professors of English.

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Rory possess an unhealthy affinity for meat and cheese and spends much of his free time voraciously consuming anything related to the Green Bay Packers.  Much to his friends’ and colleagues’ chagrin (or amusement), he’s also a professional wrestling enthusiast.  Rory has two cats, Burger and Doodle. He can be found on Tumblr.

Rory earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in English: Rhetoric and Composition from Florida State University. His dissertation, Now with More Modes?:  The Curricular Design and Implementation of Multimodality in Undergraduate Major Programs in Writing/Rhetoric, explores the curricular and pedagogical presence of multimodality within a select group of undergraduate major programs in writing/rhetoric.

Below, Rory maps his passions.

What are your research interests within Rhetoric and Composition?

Although I’m deeply fascinated by and interested in rhetorical theory and history, composition theory and pedagogy, and multiliteracy centers, my two primary areas of research are:

(1) the undergraduate major in writing and rhetoric

(2) digital rhetorics/new media/multimodality.

I was able to explore the intersection of both, each of which has become a hotbed of scholarly activity over the last decade, in my dissertation, Now with More Modes?:  The Curricular Design and Implementation of Multimodality in Undergraduate Major Programs in Writing/Rhetoric.

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Turning the research paper into a proposal with real-world impact

alejandroescamilla-bookAssistant Professor Bill Holbrook created a unique unit for his English 104 students that required students to design a professional, academic proposal for the next freshman common reader. Read on to learn more about the unit, its success, and how it inspired his English 104 students to become more voracious readers.

by Bill Holbrook

Theory and Practice

With Composition II classes, there is the trend to find more relevant, researched-based writing units while staying with the core needs of the university and the English department’s writing program. In two decades of creating assignments, within my self-designed teaching packets, I have searched for assignments that combine composition theory and practice with those instructional goals.

There is always the concern, when departing from units that have been successful, that new units will not measure up. Therefore, when I wanted to make a change in one of the four ENG 104 units, I sought the help of Brenda Habich, Bracken reference librarian, and Dr. Melinda Messineo, chair of the sociology department and head of the selection committee for the Ball State Freshmen Common Reader. The reader is given out during summer orientation so that incoming students can read the book and attend a September convocation with the author. Continue reading