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About me

 

Office: Sorin Hall #208

beths@stedwards.edu

betheakman@gmail.com

 

I'm an Instructor of English Writing and Rhetoric in the department of Literature, Rhetoric, and Writing at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas. My experience and interests are in the practical and professional applications of rhetoric to real-world audiences, purposes, and occasions. My regular courses include Magazine Writing, Grant Proposal Writing, Introduction to Professional Writing, and Freshman Composition. I developed the Grant Writing course and a special writing-intensive section of SEU's mission-focused senior Capstone course. I have also directed a number of Honors' theses, of which two have been named Thesis of the Year (2011 and 2014). I am the faculty advisor for the student humor publication B. Hooved and piloted a new Humor Writing course in the Spring  semester of 2016. I am active on campus with organizations and events such as the Common Text Committee, SOURCE (the Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression), and the Honors program. You can read my full CV here.

 

I have extensive experience writing, editing, and publishing in a wide range of genres, including everything from technical manuals to scripts for a children's television series. While I'm proud of my more serious work in academic and business writing, by far my most popular and widely published work has been my humor writing. Here are some of my essays that you can read online.

"Spud Day"

"Bathroom Reading"

"What Little Dudes Do"

"Zen and the Art of the Load"

"Menarche Part 2"