First-Year Composition

The main course I teach is Composition for Nonnative Speakers of English II. This course focuses on argumentative, academic essays from a variety of genres, such as Summary & Response, Analysis, Argument, and Reflection.

On occasion, I also teach Composition for Nonnative Speakers of English I and College Composition for Native Speakers.


Writing is the entry course for the English Writing Option majors. In it, students explore writing—its history, theoretical foundations, processes, technologies, and purposes—and gain a clear understanding not only of what writing is and how it works but also of what writing means to them and how to use it effectively in their professional lives.

Graduate Writing Workshop

Graduate writing workshop is an intensive writing course with special emphasis on writing process, discourse, and style. In it students analyze professional models, strategies, and standards, and they develop the skills necessary for graduate level course work.

Language and Society

Language and Society explores language as a reflection of society and looks at language use in specific social contexts with a focus on written and transcribed text. Students are introduced to the application of research tools for English language studies. 

Writing for Cyberspace

In Writing for Cyberspace, students analyze the affordances and constraints of digital environments for writing, how digital spaces redefine what is meant by writing, and the rhetoric associated with various digital genres. In addition, students create their own digital spaces, such as a website and a weblog, along with contributing an article to Wikipedia.

Introduction to Electronic Literature

In Introduction to Electronic Literature, students look at established and emerging forms of electronic literature such as hypertext fiction and digital poetry and critically examine how electronic genres connect to and transform traditional conceptions of literature, along with composing their own electronic pieces.

Research & Technology

In Research & Technology, students learn about quantitative and qualitative approaches to research. They learn to formulate a hypothesis and situate it in prior research, conduct their own primary research, and use their findings to posit a theoretical understanding of the phenomenon they investigate.

Business & Professional Writing

Business & Professional Writing looks at the methods and techniques writers use to produce texts, including: how to critically analyze a rhetorical situation, how to determine and adapt to an audience’s needs, how to construct documents in conventional business genres (such as memos, reports, and letters), how to synthesize information from a variety of perspectives and viewpoints, how to develop an appropriate professional style, and how to critique your own and others’ writing. 

Structure and Origins of the English Language

Structure and Origins of the English Language introduces students to the grammatical structure of English and to the history of its development. Students study English grammar and morphology, parse sentences, gain a better understanding of dialectal differences, and see how English has evolved from its Germanic origins to its modern usage.

Latvian translation of this page by Arija Liepkalnieti