Here are some of the most frequent questions I handle as a writing instructor.
The best way to contact me is via my SEU email or via Gmail. I do my best to respond within 24 hours of receiving email. To meet with me in person, come to my office hours or use my Doodle page to schedule an appointment.
You should use my Doodle page to schedule an appointment because it will give you my real-time availability on any given day. If Doodle says I’m busy, then you know I can’t meet you at that particular time.
There are no excused absences, so you don’t need to explain to me why you won’t be in class. You get three “free” days to burn as you’d like over the course of the semester. It is your responsibility to contact a classmate to find out what you missed. As a reminder, I don’t “reteach” material.
You should always know where you stand with respect to your grades. I will enter all grades on the Blackboard site for this course. You can monitor your progress at any time via Blackboard.
The conventions of standard written English matter; however, I hope you will come to see that little things like spelling and punctuation can have a big impact on how your writing is perceived in any setting, not just in the classroom.
THINGS TO AVOID IN MY CLASSES
- Ringing, buzzing phones and “concealed” texting. You aren’t as good at hiding texting as you might think, so please don’t bother trying.When you come to class, turn off your phone. Leave it in your bag. If you are expecting an emergency call, let me know in advance, and set your phone to vibrate.
- Sending me an incomplete email message. See my email communication policy.
- Ignoring directions. I typically give you freedom on major assignments, but when I ask you to do something a certain way, it’s for a reason. Ignoring directions, even small ones, signals to me that you don’t take your work seriously.
- Failing to proofread. Every modern word-processing program has a built-in spell-checker. Use it. Then check your work for mistakes the software program didn’t catch. Repeat as needed.
- Asking, “Did we do anything important in class?” No matter what we did, the answer will always be the same: Yes, what we did was important, and yes, you’re digging your grave every time you ask me that.