What Do We Mean, College Writing?

Like me, both of my guests on today’s episode are lecturers in the Rhetoric and Composition program at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. At App State, we have what is called The Vertical Writing Curriculum, which is a series of four required writing courses for students. The first-year course is called RC 1000 Expository Writing and the second year course is called RC 2001 Writing Across the Curriculum. Each of my guests coordinates one of those required courses.

  • Ben Good coordinates the RC 1000 Expository Writing courses
  • Kelly Terzaken coordinates the RC 2001 Writing Across the Curriculum courses
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We begin this episode by discussing the problematic nature of the phrase, “college writing” and then we begin to work our way through a discussion of the course goals and outcomes for both Expository Writing and Writing Across the Curriculum. We also reference the Writing Across the Curriculum office and the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) position statement about the teaching of writing.

I’d love to hear from you with comments or questions about your own ideas related to the notion of college writing. Thanks so much for checking out the podcast!

Mars Hill University Coach Emry Tsitouris

Today’s guest on the Torg Stories Podcast is the new head coach at Mars Hill University, Coach Emry Tsitouris. Mars Hill is located just north of Asheville, North Carolina and competes at the Division II level as a member of the South Atlantic Conference. Coach Tsitouris was hired in the spring of 2022 and was previously an assistant coach at Catawba College. Tsitouris played college basketball at both USC Aiken and Belmont Abbey.

Audio File Above of Conversation with Coach Emry Tsitouris

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Here are some topics covered in the episode:

  • The story of Coach hearing about, applying for, and eventually accepting the position as head coach at Mars Hill.
  • Some of the first things she did on the job.
  • So, where is Mars Hill? What’s it like there?
  • How has the roster changed since you took the job?
  • What are you looking for when it comes to a Mars Hill player?
  • What was with the combine portion of your elite camp?
  • How would you describe your preferred style of play?
Coach Tsitouris is center in her long sleeve “Mars Hill Lions” shirt

You can reach Coach Tsitouris on Twitter @Emry_T.

Connect with me on Twitter @BillTorg.

Thanks for checking out this episode of the Torg Stories Podcast!

Coach James Janssen of Davidson College

Coach James Janssen is the guest of this episode of the Torg Stories podcast. Coach Janssen is the associate head coach of the women’s basketball team at Davidson College.

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Here are some topics covered during the conversation:

  • U17 Basketball World Cup
  • Coach Janssen and the Australian Basketball Landscape
  • Division of labor among the staff at Davidson
  • Tag Up System of Offensive Rebounding and Transition Defense

Thanks for checking out this episode of the Torg Stories Podcast!

Writing Across the Curriculum and the Vertical Writing Model at App State

Conversation with Dr. Sarah Zurhellen, Assistant Director of Writing Across the Curriculum

Welcome to the August 2, 2022 edition of the Torg Stories podcast. On this episode I talk with Dr. Sarah Zurhellen, assistant director of the Writing Across the Curriculum program at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.

This conversation is a part of a larger project in which I’m focusing on that examines the progression from the required first year writing course at App State, then to the Writing Across the Curriculum course that I most frequently teach, and on to the writing in the discipline and capstone course that student take as a part of the vertical writing model.

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Thanks for checking out the podcast!

Podcast on Directing Composition, Required Writing Courses, and the Vertical Writing Model at App State

Welcome to the June 6, 2022 edition of the Torg Stories podcast. On this episode I talk with Dr. Bethany Mannon. Bethany directs the Rhetoric and Composition program at App State University. I am a lecturer in that program, and I teach a second year required course called Writing Across the Curriculum / RC 2001. 

This conversation is a part of a larger project I am working on that examines the progression from the required first year writing course at Appalachian State to the Writing Across the Curriculum class I most often teach, and then on to the Writing in the Discipline courses that are taught within each major. 

Audio only version of the podcast also available in the podcast app of an iPhone.

I’m always hoping the podcasts can work as conversation starters among writers, students, and those who teach writing. It would be great to hear about your experiences taking and teaching writing courses.