J. Tirrell

Associate Professor / Rhetoric and Professional Writing

Pedagogical Statement

My primary pedagogical goal is to foster productive collaboration in writing instruction through the use of digital technology. Networked tools offer new ways for students and instructors to engage writing's rich social milieu, and my experiences teaching in hybrid and online environments suggest that digital technology can cultivate beneficial interactions not possible through other modes. I believe that technology-enhanced writing education will accrue progressively greater importance because of academia's ongoing digital transition and the specific ability of digital technology to complement a rhetoric-driven pedagogy. Instructors of writing and rhetoric have the unique opportunity to understand and shape how communication occurs in an increasingly networked environment, and I would like to participate in this development with my students.

Graduate Course Websites

Internship in Applied English Studies / UNC Wilmington
Summer 2015
Studies in Rhetoric and Literacy: Location, Location, Location / UNC Wilmington
Spring 2017
Studies in Rhetoric and Literacy: Online Social Networks / UNC Wilmington
Spring 2011
Rhetoric and Culture / UNC Wilmington
Spring 2014 | Spring 2012
Theory and Practice of Teaching Composition / UNC Wilmington
Spring 2013

Undergraduate Course Websites

Senior Seminar: Game Hacking / UNC Wilmington
Fall 2017
Senior Seminar: Writing and Video Games / UNC Wilmington
Fall 2013 | Fall 2012 | Fall 2011 | Fall 2010
Rhetorical Theory since 1900 / UNC Wilmington
Spring 2012
Rhetorical Theory to 1900 / UNC Wilmington
Fall 2012
Document Design / UNC Wilmington
Fall 2015 | Fall 2014 | Spring 2014 | Spring 2012
Writing and Activism / UNC Wilmington
Fall 2015
Analyzing Style / UNC Wilmington
Fall 2017
Digital Composing / UNC Wilmington
Spring 2016 | Fall 2013 | Spring 2011 | Fall 2010 | Spring 2010 | Fall 2009
Reading and Writing Arguments / UNC Wilmington
Spring 2018
Themes in Literature: Virtual Realities / UNC Wilmington
Fall 2014
Introduction to Professional Writing / UNC Wilmington
Spring 2018 (008) | Spring 2018 (009) | Fall 2017 | Fall 2016 (004) | Fall 2016 (008) | Spring 2016 (003) | Spring 2016 (004) | Fall 2015 | Spring 2013 | Fall 2011 | Spring 2011 | Fall 2010 | Spring 2010 (001) | Spring 2010 (002) | Fall 2009 (001) | Fall 2009 (002)
Technical Writing Online / Purdue University
Spring 2009
Business Writing Online / Purdue University
Summer 2007
Multimedia Writing / Purdue University
Fall 2008 | Spring 2008 | Fall 2007 | Spring 2007 | Fall 2006
Introductory Composition / Purdue University
Spring 2006 | Fall 2005 | Spring 2005 | Fall 2004