Vickie Conner, Graduate Instructor
Office: Morrill 208
Because I taught high school English for over five years in Dickinson, ND, I have always been compelled to help other teachers learn new practices and develop innovative ideas for the k-12 language arts classrooms. I have worked through myriad curriculum changes and classroom pedagogical challenges, and with the new Common Core standards being adopted, I want to take my composition studies to area teachers and provide ways to make the transition easier.
My current research is exploring genre theory and utilizing the rhetorical situation and the five factors to develop K-16 student writing that is conducive to 21st century careers. It is vital that students are able to create discourse on demand using problem-solving skills, and my Masterís research paper will explore further how using genre theory can aid in curriculum development for teachers and writing success for students.
I am originally from Dickinson, ND. I am a second-year Master's student at NDSU, pursuing a Master's degree in English in the rhetoric/composition track. I also earned a BS in elementary education, psychology, and secondary English education. In addition, I have completed a Master's degree in Education in curriculum, assessment, and instruction at the University of Mary. I taught high school English courses for five years, as well as general psychology, language arts methods, and advanced composition at Dickinson State University. I am currently teaching two sections of Composition 120 at NDSU.