About Professional Writing

Communication and Critical Thinking Add Value to a Technical Education

The interdisciplinary Professional Writing (PWR) program is designed to add to the engineering, technical, and scientific strengths students receive from a WPI education, and increase career success through the qualitative, design, writing, and analytical skills taught.

Proposal writing, ethnographic research, qualitative reasoning, and presentation skills increase an engineer’s value to employers, better inform clients, and develop team leadership capacity. A science major might choose to benefit from Professional Writing courses for translation, leading to an overseas or intercultural assignment.

Professional Writing students receive personal attention from an advisor to best direct their particular talents for a well-integrated technical and communications education that employers will view as innovative and uniquely worthwhile.

Whatever career direction a student desires, from graduate school to the global marketplace, a nonprofit, or the boardroom, the skills mastered through Professional Writing courses will enhance and hasten their achievements.

 
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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Chrysanthe Demetry
    Department: Professional Writing
    Title: Associate Professor

    Professor Demetry enjoys the opportunity to help students develop holistically as critical thinkers and lifelong learners, innovators, and effective and ethical communicators.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Jennifer deWinter
    Department: Professional Writing
    Title: Assistant Professor

    Professor deWinter’s research focuses on new media literacy, multimedia narratives, video gaming and literacy, and the circulation of mass culture and media.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Michael Elmes
    Department: Professional Writing
    Title: Professor

    Professor Elmes received the 2005 Prize Paper Award from the Organization and Management Theory (OMT) Division of the Academy of Management for his work on the paper, "Resisting Artfully."

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Brenton Faber
    Department: Professional Writing
    Title: Professor

    Faber, a practicing emergency medical technician, is currently studying ways to introduce quantitative measures and process improvements into health care systems.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Lorraine Higgins
    Department: Professional Writing
    Title: Adjunct Associate Professor

    Professor Higgins, director of the Center for Communication Across the Curriculum, focuses her research on rhetoric and composition, writing across the curriculum, and medical communication.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Angel Rivera
    Department: Professional Writing
    Title: Associate Professor

    Professor Rivera studies 19th- and 20th-century Spanish Caribbean literature and theories related to the exploration of limits or borders.

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  • Scott Runstrom

    Faculty Profile

    Name: Scott Runstrom
    Department: Humanities & Arts
    Title: Adjunct Instructor

    Runstrom feels that watching students embrace technical-writing principles and produce professional-quality documents by the end of a single term makes teaching at WPI extremely rewarding.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Ruth Smith
    Department: Professional Writing
    Title: Associate Professor

    Professor Smith’s courses include Questions of Evil and Good, Rhetorical Theory, and Religions of the East. She enjoys talking with students about encounters of religions and cultures.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Ryan Smith Madan
    Department: Professional Writing
    Title: Visiting Instructor

    Professor Madan is interested in the philosophies of writing we teach students and in the ways those theories implicitly inform how writing instruction is positioned within school curricula.

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