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Paula Patch

Lecturer in English
Alamance Building 309D
2338 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
ppatch@elon.edu (336) 278-6062

Brief Biography

I coordinate the College Writing Program at Elon, which includes ENG 110: College Writing, ENG 100: Supplemental Writing Workshop, and ENG 115: One-on-One Writing.

I have taught composition, language, and literature courses here at Elon, the University of West Georgia, Central Penn College, and Eastern New Mexico University. I also have a background in print journalism, and worked for several years as managing editor for HomeCare magazine, a trade publication for the home medical equipment industry.

My research focuses on composition pedagogy: What classroom experiences help students develop as writers? My interests include helping faculty discover ways to strengthen their students' and their own writing, mentoring undergraduates in research about writing and in teaching assistantships, analyzing the impact of technology on writing and the teaching of writing, and incorporating sustainable practices into the classroom. In 2011, I co-wrote a proposal for the university's Quality Enhancement Plan to focus on creating a culture of writing in which students, faculty, and staff work together to become stronger writers. This plan will be designed and implemented over the next five years. I am also collaborating with colleagues to determine the effectiveness of offering College Writing during the shortened summer sessions. You can read about our experience with that class here.

In recent years, I have worked on the College Writing Digital Literacies Initiative, funded by a grant from the Revson Foundation, to study the impact of teaching digital literacy skills in first-year writing, 2009-10 (see "Teaching Illustrated Argument" online portfolio here) and been a participant in the Elon Teaching and Learning Partnership, funded by the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation, for which I studied the transfer of writing strategies from first-year writing courses to other first-year courses, 2008-09 (ee "The Sticky Nature of Transfer" online portfolio here).

Courses Taught

 

Writing

  • Writing: Argument and Inquiry (formerly College Writing), including the spring Fellows-only section and a special summer section for Elon Academy graduated seniors
  • Supplemental Writing Workshop
  • Special Topics in Writing, including Writing about Taboo Language 
  • Writing Center Workshop
  • Writing Studies Survey 

Language

  • Grammar

Study Abroad

  • Co-teacher, Elon Human Services Studies Practicum in London, Winter Term 2010

Student Life

  • Life Entrepreneurship Program facilitator/faculty, Spring 2012 and 2013 

Leadership Positions

  • College Writing Coordinator
  • Quality Enhancement Plan Steering Committee
  • Leadership Faculty Scholar
  • Academic Technology and Computing Committee (chair)
  • Writing Center Director (interim)

Publications


Moore, Jessie, Kimberly B. Pyne, and Paula Patch. "Providing Access to College Capital: A Transitional Summer College Writing Experience for Underrepresented Students.Composition Forum (Spring 2013). 

Patch, Paula. "Meeting Student Writers Where They Are: Using Wikipedia to Teach Responsible Scholarship.” Teaching English in the Two-Year College (March 2010): 280-7.

Presentations

  • “Better Together: Opportunities for Including Athletic Academic Advisors as Partners in the Teaching and Learning of Writing.” Going Public through Partnership: Basic Writing as a Nexus for Transfer, Advocacy, and Activism. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 2013
  • (with Greg Hlavaty, lecturer in English, Elon University). “Building Community through Shared Goals: The Role of Faculty in Creating Meaningful Program Assessment.” 2013 North Carolina Symposium on Teaching Writing, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, February 2013
  • “#winning Approaches to Teaching with Twitter and Other Digital Media.” Elon Teaching and Learning Conference, Elon University, August 2012
  • “Leading by Listening: The Role of the WPA in Creating and Implementing a University-Wide Quality Enhancement Plan.” You Put Your WPA in My QEP, or, Lessons from Leadership Work in University-Wide (Writing) Initiatives. Council of Writing Program Administrators Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, July 2012
  • “Creating a Culture of Writing through a Quality Enhancement Plan.” 11th Annual International Writing across the Curriculum Conference, Savannah, Georgia, June 2012
  • “Fluid Boundaries: Constructing a Meaningful Assessment of a Basic Writing Workshop.” Reframing Basic Writing and Sites of Transfer. Conference on College Composition and Communication, St. Louis, Missouri, March 2012 
  • Poster (with Dr. Jessie Moore, Assistant Professor of English, Elon University, and Dr. Kim Pyne, Assistant Professor of English, Elon University). “Assessing Learning in a Modified Section of College Writing.” Student Undergraduate Research Forum Faculty Scholarship Poster Presentations. Elon University. April 2011.
  • (with Dr. Jean Schwind, Professor of English, Elon University). “Using Visual Arguments in the Composition Class.” Lilly South Conference, University of North Carolina at Greensboro. February 2011.
  • (with Jean Schwind). “Integrating Visual Argument into the Composition Classroom. Using Images in the Composition Classroom: Critical Thinking and the Rhet/Comp Classroom, Session I,  South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta, Georgia. November 2010.
  • “What Do They Know?: A (Further) Analysis of Student Essays about Wikipedia.” Teaching English Composition (panel). Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, Albuquerque, New Mexico. October 2010.
  • “Composing Across Contexts: Understanding the Transfer of Writing Strategies from First-Year Composition to Other First-Year Courses.”North Carolina Symposium on Teaching Writing, North Carolina State University. October 2009.
  • "What Do They Know?: An Analysis of Student Essays about Wikipedia.” 6th Annual Innovation in Instruction Conference, Elon University. August 2009.
  • "Engaging the Millenials: Using Wikipedia to Teach 21st-Century Literacy Skills to First-Year Writing Students.” Lilly South Conference, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, North Carolina. February 2009.
  • "Casting the Net: After-the-Fact Writing Instruction for Failing Students.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, New Orleans, Louisiana. April 2008.
  • "Making the Most of Blackboard: How to Make it Work for You and Your Organization." Leadership Development Institute, Elon University. March 2008.
  • "Students Don't Fear the Wiki: Using Wikipedia to Teach Responsible Scholarship.” Beyond the Blogosphere: Digital Culture and the Social Web in Rhetoric and the Writing Classroom  (panel). South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta, Georgia. November 2007.
  • "Wikipedia and the Transformation of First-Year Composition.” Free and Hot: Using Popular Web Resources to Teach Research Skills and Critical Thinking (panel). Teaching and Transformation: 4th Annual Innovation in Instruction Conference, Elon University. August 2007.
  • "Students Don't Fear the Wiki: Using Wikipedia to Teach Responsible Scholarship.” Teaching and Transformation: 4th Annual Innovation in Instruction Conference, Elon University. August 2007.
     

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