The Magazine of Marquette University | Fall 2005

 

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NowacekDr. Rebecca Nowacek will be immersed in a series of projects sponsored by the Carnegie Academy this year to explore interdisciplinary learning and educational approaches in integrated classrooms.

ON WRITING EFFECTIVELY

Dr. Rebecca Nowacek recalls her own college sociology professor remarking about a paper she turned in: “You write like an English major.” The professor’s remark sparked in Nowacek  a curiosity about how students — majoring in everything from mathematics to electrical engineering to   nursing — express their thoughts,  especially on paper.

That interest has fueled Nowacek’s career as an assistant professor of English with a focus on teaching rhetoric and composition. And it was recognized this year with the extreme honor of being named a Carnegie Scholar (one of just 21 faculty selected from more than 300 applicants worldwide) by the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Nowacek will be immersed in a series of projects sponsored by the Carnegie Academy this year to explore interdisciplinary learning and educational approaches in integrated classrooms. She is interested in how instructors can effectively design and coach student writing assignments and then respond to their students’ final products in ways that promote learning across disciplines.

 

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