Elisabeth Buck, PhD
Assistant Professor / Director, Writing & Multiliteracy Center
English & Communication
Liberal Arts 344
|2016||Ball State University||PhD|
|2012||University of Nevada, Reno||MA|
|2010||Loyola Marymount University||BA|
- Writing/Multiliteracy Center Theory and Practice
- Public Relations/Professional Writing
- Digital and Social Media
- First-Year English
- Community Engaged Writing
Introduction to principles and theories of strategic communication. Students will develop practices for researching, defining, and engaging strategic communication as a rhetorical effort to persuade and identify audiences in/through various media environments.
Theories and dynamics of writing consultation and course-based tutoring. Readings theorize the writing process, conflicting ideas about writing itself, as well as writing center history, theory, and practice. The course is highly interactive, calling on students to use readings as the grounding for the critical examination of writing consultant practices, as well as the co-construction of classroom discussions and activities. Field work (one hour per week) as a writing consultant is required.
Exploration of the intersections of multimodal writing theory and practice. Students produce and analyze multimodal texts - documents that variously employ writing, images, audio, and video, often in combination. Students will use and critically examine a variety of digital capture and editing technologies. No previous technology experience required; all necessary skills will be taught.
This course offers students a comprehensive understanding of the purposes of public relations, its principles, and the techniques by which its goals are accomplished. The course covers the full range of public relations strategies used by individuals, agencies, corporations, and governments, including press releases, audio-visual presentations, public speaking, paid advertising, lobbying, fostering employee relations, and promoting citizen involvement.
- Writing Center/Writing Program Administration
- Digital Literacies
- Writing for Social Justice
- Rhetoric(s) of Popular Culture
- Buck, Elisabeth H. (2019).
“From CRLA to For-Credit Course: The New Director’s Guide to Assessing Tutor Education.”
WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship
- Buck, Elisabeth H. (2017).
Open-Access, Multimodality, and Writing Center Studies (monograph)
- Elisabeth H. Buck (2015).
"Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter—Oh My!: Assessing the Efficacy of the Rhetorical Composing Situation with FYC Students as Advanced Social Media Practitioners."
Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, 19.3
Dr. Buck received her PhD in Rhetoric and Writing from Ball State University. She is the author of Open-Access, Multimodality, and Writing Center Studies, a work nominated for the 2018 International Writing Center Association's Outstanding Book Award. Her research has also recently been published in The Peer Review, Praxis: A Writing Center Journal, and Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. Dr. Buck sees both her scholarly and pedagogical interests manifest in her role as Founding Director of the Writing & Multiliteracy Center, a tutoring center that helps all UMassD students grow as independent and confident communicators—on the written page and across a variety of current and emerging platforms and technologies.