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Michael Murphy

Associate professor
Director of College Writing


Contact
313 Marano Campus Center
315.312.2593
michael.murphy@oswego.edu

Office hours

Monday, Wednesday and Friday
1:45-2:45 pm
 or by appointment

Classes taught

Fall 2016 Courses

ENG 271/800MWF10:20-11:15211 Marano CC
ENG 485/800MWF1:50-2:45322 Marano CC
ENG 502/800T6:00-8:40210 Marano CC

ENG 271/800-Designed for students intending to teach, this course focuses on teaching grammar in the context of writing.  A broad review of parts of speech, the syntax of complex sentences, and the conventions of standard usage will be supplemented by attention to the relation between standard and non-standard dialects, as well as to dealing with dialect difference in the classroom and in written work.  Graded work includes exams, tutoring, teaching a mini-lesson, and the maintenance of a journal of observed usages.

ENG 485/800-The Words in the World capstone course partners students with local and regional non-profits, businesses, government agencies, and grassroots organizations to work on real-world writing projects.  These projects challenge students to draw on and expand the strong writing and rhetorical skills they have developed across four years as English majors.  As part of this work, students are asked to compose a “narrative of aspirations” that asks them to think deeply about their intellectual skills and temperaments, ultimately imagining a set of potential professional identities consistent with and following from the intellectual commitments they have made as English majors.  Drafts of the narrative, a résumé, and a cover letter will be due during the first week of classes (instructions will be sent in advance of the first meeting); after receiving peer critique, writers will review project descriptions proposed by partners and revise their job documents accordingly.  Interviews will follow, after which writers and partners will be matched.  By the end of the semester, writers should be able to: 1) identify the writing needs of a community organization or business; 2) carry out research and conduct ongoing dialogue with key constituents to refine a sense of audience and purpose; 3) imagine and design specific documents through which to address that audience and purpose; 4) demonstrate effective cooperative work strategies; 5) complete agreed-upon, writing-based projects on a deadline; and, 6) analyze and interpret the effectiveness of the writing in line with the client’s goals.

For examples of the sorts of projects Words in World students have found themselves in a position to write in previous semesters, see the white paper on hydrofracking composed by

Alex Bissell for the Onondaga Nation available at:  http://www.oswego.edu/academics/colleges_and_departments/departments/eng...

or Marilyn Borth’s article on the abortion debate for the Syracuse New Times at:

http://www.syracusenewtimes.com/the-most-polarizing-issue-in-america/