Writing for Publication Faculty Seminar

This was a two-week seminar I gave at the National University of Modern-Languages, Islamabad, Pakistan (Summer 2014) as part of a US State Department public diplomacy program. The program supported a variety of partnerships between US and Pakistani universities, including the UNT-NUML partnership, administered by my colleague, Masood Ashraf Raja.

Course Description

 This course was a split seminar/workshop about research and writing for publication in academic journals. The seminar portion focused on three components:

1. locating appropriate outlets for publication
2. evaluating expectations and requirements of journals, including audience expectations
3. conceptualizing research and arguments appropriate for publication in journals

The goal was to develop a critical awareness of the purposes of published research in order to think strategically about conducting research and writing high-quality academic essays suitable for publication. The seminar portion of the class entailed a significant amount of reading designed to prepare class participants to critically analyze academic practices, develop strong work habits, and promote connections to foster and sustain their work.

The second portion of the course was a writing workshop, which required participants to produce scholarly materials appropriate to their stage in the writing process. Participants shared materials with fellow classmates and with the instructor. The workshop portion of the class was designed to engage participants in the writing process for the purposes of developing high-quality scholarship and reinforce the theoretical principles and pedagogical practices that inform NUML’s Writing Resource Center.

Because the seminar and workshop portions of this class aere mutually informing, they were integrated throughout the two-week course. We engaged in the writing process while learning about the writing process, which is in keeping with the best practices of writing process theory and pedagogy.

Required Readings

Christine Casanave and Stephanie Vandrick, eds, Writing for Scholarly Publication: Behind the Scenes in Language Education. Routledge, 2003

Christine B. Feak & John M. Swales, Creating Contexts: Writing Introductions Across Genres, University of Michigan Press, 2011

Richard McNabb, “Making the Gesture: Graduate Student Submissions and the Expectations of Referees,” Composition Studies, 2001

C. Wright Mills, “On Intellectual Craftsmanship,” appendix to The Sociological Imagination, Oxford U. Press, 1959

Gary A. Olson and Todd W. Taylor, Publishing in Rhetoric and Composition, State University of New York Press, 1997

Shirley K. Rose, “What’s Love Got to Do with It? Scholarly Citation Practices as Courtship Rituals,” Language and Learning Across the Disciplines, 1996

Joseph Williams, Problems into PROBLEMS: A Rhetoric of Motivation, The WAC Clearinghouse, 2004