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With help from NIU students, Thomas McCann and Elizabeth Kahn, both NIU English professors specializing in teacher certification, say they have zeroed in on key strategies to improve high school student performance on writing assignments. Previous research shows, McCann says, that students perform better on writing assignments when given several opportunities to prepare for that...
Book cover of "When Bad Things Happen to Rich People"
Several publications from Northern Illinois University Press received awards in 2015. “When Bad Things Happen to Rich People,” by Chicago-based author Ian Morris, was named a finalist in the Midwest Independent Publishing Association’s 2014 Midwest Book Awards in the contemporary fiction category. The darkly comic novel was published by NIU Press’s fiction imprint, Switchgrass Books....
NIU Showcase of Student Writing
NIU’s First Year Composition Program (FYComp) will host its eighth annual Showcase of Student Writing from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, April 6, in the Duke Ellington Ballroom of the Holmes Student Center. The showcase is a platform for hundreds of NIU’s English students to share their scholarship with the university and local communities. Last...
Book cover of “Vintage Attraction” by Charles Blackstone
Authors Katie Andraski, Charles Blackstone and G.K. Wuori, participants in the #WNIJReadWithMe Book Series, will share their experiences in two “Writing the Novel” panels hosted by WNIJ and the Rockford Public Library. The events will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, in the Rockford Public Library Nordlof Center and at 7 p.m. Wednesday,...
Molly McNett
NIU students taking fiction and First Year Composition classes taught by English instructor Molly McNett can be assured of this: They’re learning from one of the nation’s best writers. McNett has proven time and time again that she’s the real deal. Now the award-winning short-fiction author has yet another national recognition to add to her...
"Your Career" road sign
For many students, knowing the path from degree to career can be difficult. Today’s job market is challenging. Students in business or computer science might have a strong sense of what doors their degree can open for them. But for students in the humanities, those doors can be harder to see. A trio of recent...
Photo of a student at a previous NIU Showcase of Student Writing
The First Year Composition Program will host its annual Showcase of Student Writing (SSW) from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in the Duke Ellington Ballroom. The showcase provides a forum for hundreds of students in various English classes to share their research with a public audience. Students present their projects through a combination...
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NIU’s University Writing Center (UWC) will have consulting positions available for Fall 2012. The center will offer undergraduate positions, which require a consistent, 10-hour-per-week commitment. The center also will have 10-hour graduate assistant positions, which include tuition waivers and a stipend. The UWC hires from all majors. Open house are planned from 3 to 5 p.m....
Showcase of Student Writing
NIU’s annual Showcase of Student Writing, sponsored by the First Year Composition Program in the Department of English, will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, in the Duke Ellington Ballroom of the Holmes Student Center. The showcase provides a forum for hundreds of students in various English classes to share their...
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“What can I do at home to help my child with reading and writing?” Laurie Elish-Piper, a Presidential Teaching Professor in Literacy Education, director of the NIU Literacy Clinic and co-director of the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Language and Literacy, says that this is by far one of the most common questions posed...
Photo of a young girl in a library pointing to a book
“What can I do at home to help my child with reading and writing?” Laurie Elish-Piper, a Presidential Teaching Professor in Literacy Education, director of the NIU Literacy Clinic and co-director of the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Language and Literacy, says that this is by far one of the most common questions posed...
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The fourth annual NIU Showcase of Student Writing will take place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, in the Duke Ellington Ballroom of the Holmes Student Center. Sponsored by the English Department’s First Year Composition Committee, the showcase presents student writing and research in visual media. The event is free and open to the public....