William Saas wins top student paper award at NCA conference

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At the annual conference of the National Communication Association in San Francisco in November 2010, graduate student William Saas won a top paper award from the Basic Course division for his paper, "Bridging the Practical Gap: Imitation Pedagogy, Civic Engagement, and the Basic Public Speaking Course."

Abstract:

Students of the basic course are, usually, rhetorical amateurs. This is in part because the current model of higher education trains students for success in the workplace, rather than the public square. Recently, however, the focus of the basic course has shifted in many cases toward a civic engagement-centered pedagogy. This essay argues that the civic turn in basic course instruction should draw lessons from the citizen-oriented, mimetic pedagogy of the classical Roman classroom.

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