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.
In the past, I ran NDSU’s first-year writing program for about 5 years, I directed the general education program at NDSU, and that evolved into becoming Associate Director of the Office of Teaching and Learning, where I have had the pleasure of working on an NSF IUSE grant to professionally develop faculty around active teaching and learning. That means I get to work with faculty across campus to think about how to transform teaching: a big challenge and an important one. Over five, possibly six years, we will guide five cohorts of faculty through learning about backward design, assessment, active teaching and learning methods, and moving away from lecture as the only or primary tool.