I chose this field because I'm interested in how people think and learn to create in multiple genres and across modes and mediums. I did a sabbatical project where I researched how writing centers were making the move to multimodality. This contributed to the transition of the former UMU Writing Center into the Digital, Written, and Oral Communication Studio. I also revised a course called "Writing and the Web" to include more multimodal elements.
A Goal Orientated Place
At Mount Union, you can expect small classes, personal attention from highly qualified faculty, and a highly engaging environment with lots of active learning. You will also learn how to communicate through writing and speaking in a professional environment. I wanted to spend most of my time teaching and engaging with other people who were motivated by the same goal. I enjoy working with people who are trying to make or do something to discover how they can bring their vision to life. Sometimes they need information. Sometimes a resource. Often, it's literacy--the ability to work in an new medium, with an unfamiliar new technology or set of tools. Seeing someone achieve their vision while gaining a literacy that will serve them forever is one of the best parts of my job.
The Writing Program
The writing program exposes students to creative and professional writing. There are also several courses that ask you to use skills from each of these perspectives. But, I'm also impressed at the amount of career prep we give students, including a careers in English and writing course and a required internship experience.