Enrico Sassi, Senior Lecturer
Office: Putnam #30
Enrico Sassi has over 15 years of experience teaching writing and communication, including at the University of Michigan’s School of Business. He has taught technical writing, business writing, composition, creative writing, and, most recently, graduate academic writing. In Fall 2015, he will teach ENGL 751 and ENGL 752 in a sequence of classes called Tools for Academic Writing. Details about these classes can be found HERE.
Enrico directs the Graduate Center for Writers (GCFW), which serves NDSU’s graduate students and faculty. For more information about the GCFW and its initiatives, click HERE.
Enrico has a BA in Political Science from Stanford University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He also studied a year at the Universidade de Sao Paulo in Brazil. His professional background includes representing the Soviet space organization in the U.K. and launching the project that brought a sponsorship-funded British astronaut aboard the MIR space station. He worked in sports television, where he won an Emmy Award for winter Olympic Games coverage. Enrico has published several articles about winter sports in Microsoft’s Encarta encyclopedia and worked as managing editor of Mushing Magazine in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Enrico has also been a grant writer, program evaluator, international medical research coordinator, and translator. More importantly, he was a stay-at-home dad for several years. He speaks five languages and is raising bilingual children. He misses his native Italy’s good food, wine, and Alps, but he is fascinated by the wide open spaces of the US and the creative tensions that grow from a national spirit that values both individualism and community.