Enrico Sassi, Senior Lecturer
Office: Library 6C
Enrico Sassi is both a Senior Lecturer in English and Assistant Director at the Center for Writers (CFW), where he is responsible for graduate student services. Enrico has over 12 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, and creative writing; he currently teaches ENGL 751: Multi-Disciplinary Academic Writing, a course he developed to address the academic writing needs of NDSU’s graduate students.
In ENGL 751, students work on expressing complex ideas in clear writing (the course text is Joseph Williams’s Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace). Students also investigate writing expectations and conventions in their discipline. Finally, they write and revise, after receiving extensive feedback, portions of their disquisitions, articles for publication, or other academic work.
At the CFW, Enrico has worked to expand graduate services. Traditionally, the CFW hired exclusively English master’s students as graduate writing consultants. In response to a need for consultants who understand disciplinary expectations and language, Enrico developed an initiative to hire experienced writers from the disciplines to be consultants. The first “disciplinary writing consultant” is being piloted in the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources. Enrico has also obtained grants to develop online writing consultations and to use video recordings for writing consultant training.
Enrico’s 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 loves the wide open spaces of the US and the creative tensions that grow from a national spirit that values both individualism and community.