Guest Speakers & Panels

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Archive of Past Speakers & Panels

Spring 2019

What Can John Oliver Teach Us about Writing Science?

A small panel comprised of CSU’s dogged champions for improving the quality of STEM writing produced at CSU.

Dr. Stu Tobet of Biomedical Sciences and Dr. Susan De Long of Civil & Environmental Engineering will speak about existing models and strategies to improve the quality of your writing.

This panel is open to all CSU writers but may be of most interest to STEM writers. As its title suggests, the panel with offer an informed and dynamic conversation about the value with writing strategies to communicate science seriously.


Strategies for Applying for NIH Postdoc & Graduate Fellowships

Strategies for Giving Feedback on the Writing of English Language Learner (ELL/ESL) Graduate Students


Tatiana Nekrasova-Beker & Tony Becker

Linguists with specialities in TEFL/TESL & Assistant Professors in English Department at CSU

This small panel session (2 speakers/60-minutes)  addresses common issues faculty face when giving feedback about the writing of their graduate students who are English language learners (ELLs). The session will explore some common issues and offer strategies for providing feedback.

Writing at the postgraduate-level presents certain challenges for many graduate students, as they are expected to simultaneously acquire specialized content knowledge and work to master a variety of discipline-specific writing genres. For many international students, particularly for those who do not possess adequate English language skills, there is the additional burden of having to learn the content of the target discipline as they also continue to expand their English language proficiency. While these demands obviously pose challenges for many ELLs, they also force a large number of faculty to re-think how they assess writing and provide feedback to ELLs in their respective graduate programs.

John Calderazzo

Author of Writing from Scratch: Freelancing, Rising Fire: Volcanoes and Our Inner Lives, and considerable journal and magazine articles.


Joli Jensen, PhD

Hazel Rogers Professor of Media Studies University of Tulsa

Director, Henneke Faculty Writing Program

Write No Matter What. Advice for Academics.