Dr. Amy Rupiper Taggart
Office: Minard 318E46
My twin passions are rhetoric as social action and understanding the twisty ins and outs of teaching and learning. Such questions as "How do people learn best?" and "What are the key goals and methods for writing and rhetoric classes?" underlie most of my research. That combination of the scholarship of teaching and learning and rhetoric as social action led me early in my career to service learning and community-engaged learning. I’ve continued to work with community partners ever since in a range of the classes I teach, including Introduction to Writing Studies and Literacy, Culture, and Identity. My research, too, has involved inquiries into how students and teachers can participate in communities and communities can benefit from and provide opportunities for people in higher education.
My most recently published project was certainly a labor of love, A Guide to Composition Pedagogies, in its second and substantially revised edition. The book intends to offer for newcomers to the teaching of writing an overview of a range of theoretical and practical approaches to instruction; it is both bibliographic and a good starting point for navigating writing studies. The new edition features new chapters on Second Language Writing instruction, Online and Hybrid Pedagogies, and New Media approaches, among others. An additional project I’m working on with Ph.D. candidate MK Laughlin is a nationwide survey study of student use of teacher feedback.
In the recent past, I ran NDSU’s first-year writing program for about 5 years, and I’ve moved in the last year into directing the general education program at NDSU, hopefully soon to become a new Bison Core. That means I get to work with faculty across campus to think about how to transform curriculum for all of our students: a big challenge and an important one.