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Cecelia Musselman



Alma Maters: PhD Columbia U, BA U of Rhode Island, Fulbright year Turku Univ, Semester at Sea
Classes Taught: ENGL3301, 3301 Hon, 3302, 3307, 3308, 1111, 1111 Hon, guest lect in ME 2340
Countries Traveled To: Italy, Finland, China, France, Japan, Turkey, England
Companies Worked For: Argosy Publishing, Columbia Univ (Libraries), South China Agricultural Univ
What is your style of teaching?
Student exploration — my courses work in many fields, media, and document types, so I act as a guide rather than absolute authority.
What materials and media do you use in the classroom?
Anything I can get my hands on up to and including new media, historic texts, good quality recent blogs, and current scholarly publications.
What is the most engaging assignment you give?
The research paper — students work very hard for a month on a project that builds research, reading, AND writing skills in an area that *they* care about.
When grading a student, what do you look for?
Carefully prepared work that meets the standards of a student's field, appropriately addresses audience and takes risks. Critical thinking is crucial.
What kind of student would love your class?
Those willing to try new media, resources, and methods of writing; students who use collaboration effectively; students who care about their field of study.
What is one piece of advice you have for students?
Revise often; read a lot; ask questions; be curious.
What area in your field are you most knowledgeable about?
Academic writing in the sciences & social sciences and new media
What is one accomplishment you are proud of?
Figuring out how to write a dissertation — then figuring out how to teach dissertation writing. These are two very different things.
Are you currently involved in something interesting outside the classroom?
Yes. I have projects in my field, in the arts, and even an athletic challenge. Ask me in class!
Is there anything else the student should know before taking your class?
My courses and materials change to meet each semester's specific students. If I find a better way of doing on Tuesday, you'll see it in class Wednesday.

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