Rhetoric & Professional Writing @ Longwood


Hi, Rhetoricians:

Check out this opportunity for civic writing in London. As the flyer states, for more information, email vportill@syr.edu or sjparks@syr.edu or visit suabroad.syr.edu

You should also consider Longwood in Spain to work on your Spanish as well as civic writing courses. Here is the program website:



During the summer of 2017, Chelsea Smith successfully completed an internship at The Greenwood Library. Chelsea, who studied professional writing with Dr. Heather Lettner-Rust and technical writing and rhetoric with Dr. Elif Guler, reflects on how her studies in the Rhetoric and Professional Writing Program at Longwood University have informed her experience:

“I enjoyed completing my internship with Greenwood Library. On a daily basis, tasks completed applied directly to both my rhetorical studies and my current job as a library assistant in a public library. I was immersed in a work environment very similar to that of the job I currently have, but with a new perspective of working behind the scenes, which I prefer.

I was confident about applying practical skills that I’d acquired through all of my rhetoric courses. Both Dr. Lettner-Rust and Dr. Guler prepared me for this internship. Their instruction so seamlessly translates from a classroom to a workplace. The amount of workplace documentation reinforced just how much written communication skills are needed at any organization.  I spent a lot of time following manuals written to explain tasks within the library. From there, I made sure documents were consistent, well-illustrated, and easy-to-follow for new staff and student workers. I was also responsible for creating new manuals that were needed to explain various tasks such as a new library app.

Completion of my internship allowed for a newfound confidence that I will bring to my current workplace. The staff at Greenwood Library were so welcoming and were always open to discussion and questions I had about anything. I am so grateful that my completion of my internship satisfied both a graduation requirement and allowed me to use my practical work experience from a public library setting to an academic library.

This internship brought me so much closer to reaching my ultimate goal of pursuing a Master’s Degree in Library Science after graduation from Longwood.”

Congratulations, Chelsea! So proud of you!

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During the summer of 2017, Haley Klepatzki successfully completed an internship with Ms. Lisa Pavlock, Public Information Coordinator of the Fauquier County Public Library. Haley, who studied professional writing with Dr. Heather Lettner-Rust and technical writing and rhetoric with Dr. Elif Guler, reflects on how her studies in the Rhetoric and Professional Writing Program at Longwood University have informed her experience:

“I joined the staff of the Fauquier Library at an interesting time when the staff was in the process of devising a marketing plan in order to apply to relocate the library to a bigger and more modern building. I got the privilege to sit in on a marketing strategy meeting, where the staff discussed the future needs of the library and its patrons. Much like in my professional writing classes, we discussed the library’s audience, purpose, and goals that would be required to appeal for a new building. Many people are skeptical of the relevance of libraries in this technology-based world we are living in. At this meeting, we brainstormed services the library provides that are critical and necessary to the community, some of which library patrons might not even know are offered.

During my internship, I was placed in charge of creating all of the library’s content that is featured in the Fauquier Times newspaper. I spent my summer writing press releases, ads, and articles promoting summer programs and events. My experience with technical writing greatly helped me when writing content for the paper. Ethos, pathos, and logos played key roles in writing ads and articles in order to promote the wonderful programs offered at the library. Knowing proper layout and formatting, along with creating interesting and eye-catching designs was another skill that I was able to bring to the content I created for the library. I could not have felt more prepared for the tasks ahead of me, thanks to the courses I have taken at Longwood.

Much of what I have learned in professional writing classes at Longwood were relevant to the public information coordinator’s job at the library. I learned a lot interning for the library and had a great time assisting staff and even patrons.”

Congratulations, Haley! We are so proud of you.

Congratulations to Chris Crider, Rhetoric and Professional Writing concentrator, whose SPUR presentation “The Raven’s Demons,” on SlideShare garnered the most likes and was one of the most viewed presentations. Dr. Elif Guler also became a SPUR winner with the highest social media activity.

Click for the article about the winners. Hope your finals are wrapping up nicely. Have a great summer!


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Jennah Gunter with ESOL students

Jennah Gunter has successfully completed an internship with the English Bridge Program at Longwood’s Office of International Affairs.

Jennah, who took Professional Writing with Dr. Heather Lettner-Rust, reflects on how her studies in English and Professional Writing informed her experience:

“English majors have a particular approach to language. We receive a lot of information on a regular basis and use language as a tool to analyze and decipher what we have learned. But, with Dr. Deborah Westin’s guidance during my work with the English Bridge Program, I learned quickly that ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) is quite different. Not only ESOL uses language for analysis, but it also equips students with the tools they need to navigate life in a new way. As opposed to receiving information, ESOL learners incorporate information into what they already know in their first language simultaneously.

During my time with The English Bridge Program, my internship focused mainly on lesson planning and managing study hours, but I also learned a great deal about time management and communication. ‘Plan your work, and work your plan,’ were the words Dr. Westin used when I asked for guidance on how to execute study hours. She also gave me a lesson plan template that definitely changed the direction of the internship. After making some 30 lesson plans over the course of the semester, I have a new found empathy for our professors.

I learned about ‘appreciative inquiry,’ where I would ask myself what works, and why, and how I can do things better next time. But, what I’ve found so valuable in my experience as an intern was goodwill. I used tools from my professional writing class to establish ethos and trust. I learned how to prove to my peers and superiors that I can be relied upon and trusted to make good decisions. In fact, this internship has made me realize my passion for ESOL and language learning, so I intend to pursue it in my graduate studies.”

Congratulations on the completion of your internship, Jennah!


18033952_10155054316965767_6784123327614726763_nHaley Vasquez (an English major with a minor in Rhetoric and Professional Writing) successfully presented her senior seminar paper, “‘There’s No Returning Me; I’m Yours Forever’: Clothing as a Language for Southern Identity.” Organized by prominent professors of literature like Dr. John Miller of Longwood’s Department of English and Modern Languages, Haley’s panel was well attended by and garnered great responses from both the faculty and the students.


18076643_10155054837940767_5655930003391188770_oChris Crider presenting his research to Longwood faculty and students

Chris Crider successfully presented his CURIO research, “The Raven’s Demons: The Psychoanalytic Relationship Between Edgar Allan Poe’s Life and His Literary Works,” at The 2017 Spring Presentation of Undergraduate Research (SPUR). Chris expounded on psychoanalytic perspectives to Edgar Allan Poe’s work by combining them with Kubler-Ross’s Five Stages of Grief and Loss.

Haley Vasquez, an English major with a minor in Rhetoric and Professional Writing at Longwood, got offered a fully funded M.A. position to study Rhetoric and Composition at Washington State University.

Congratulations, Haley! We are so proud of your accomplishment!


Haley Vasquez

It is my great pleasure to announce that one of our Rhetoric and Professional Writing concentrators, Garrett Badgley, was awarded the 1st place in the Humanities category among the essays submitted for the 2017 issue of Incite: Journal of Undergraduate Scholarship. Garrett wrote his winning essay entitled, “The Rhetoric of Distrust: A Dangerous Game during the 2016 Presidential Campaign,” originally for the ENGL 305: “Presidential Debates in a Global Theater” class during the fall of 2017.

Congratulations, Garrett! We are proud of your accomplishment!

Our Rhetoric and Professional Writing student, Haley Klepatzki’s essay entitled, “Hillary Clinton’s Rhetoric of Gender Inequality: The Past, Present, and The (Hypothetical) Future” has been selected to appear in the 2017 issue of Incite: Journal of Undergraduate Scholarship. Haley wrote the essay originally for the ENGL 305: “Presidential Debates in a Global Theater” class during the fall of 2017.

Congratulations, Haley!