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Fernando Sánchez

Assistant Professor of English
Degree
Ph.D., English, Purdue University
M.A., English, University of St. Thomas
M.S., Counseling Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A., Wabash College
At St. Thomas since 2016
Office
JRC 346
Hours
(Fall 2018) R 12:00-1:00pm; also by appointment
Phone
(651) 962-5618
CV

As Assistant Professor of English in Professional Writing here at the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN), I study technical communication networks and practices within urban design/planning professions. I research maps, transit systems, documents, technologies, and other materials that are used by communities and professionals to define and create spaces. More generally, I am interested in place-based issues regarding writing and design as well as writing in health and STEM disciplines. I have taught courses in freshman composition, professional writing research, healthcare communication, and business and technical writing.

Publications

2016. "The Roles of Technical Communication Researchers in Design Scholarship." Journal of Technical Writing and Communication.

2015. "Locating Queer Rhetorics: Revealing Local Infrastructures through Maps." Co-written with Don Unger. Computers and Composition, 38(A), 96-112

2014. "Engaging Writing about Writing Theory and Multimodal Praxis: Remediating WaW for First Year Composition’." Co-written with Liz Lane and Tyler Carter. Composition Studies, 42(2), 118-146.

2013. "Creating Accessible Spaces for ESL Students Online." WPA: Writing Program Administration, 37(1), 161-185.

2012. "Queer Transgressions: Same-Sex Desire and Transgendered Representations in Aravind Adiga’s The White Tiger." Transcripts, 2, 176-190.

 

Forthcoming Publications

"Re-Experiencing Space: Mapping Campus Terrains through Disabilities." Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture. Accepted and Forthcoming. 25 double-spaced manuscript pages.

"Of Evolutions and Mutations: Assessments as Tactics for Action in WAC Partnerships." WAC Journal. Accepted and Forthcoming. 28 double-spaced manuscript pages. Co-written with Daniel Kenzie.

"Crossbreeding Disciplines: Collaboratively Developing a Writing Culture in Animal Sciences Courses." Writing Program and Writing Center Collaborations: Transcending Boundaries, Eds. Alice J. Myatt and Lynée L. Gaillet. Macmillan. In Press.

Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 256 - D01 Intro to Professional Writing - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 JRC 227

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0955 - 1135

Location:

JRC 227

Course Registration Number:

42453 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Fernando Sanchez

This course introduces students to principles and skills necessary for writing in professional settings. It includes study of rhetoric, ethics, and information design in workplace writing; examination of the roles of professional writers; close readings of texts and documents that model professional techniques; and practice composing in a variety of professional genres. The course will include instruction in ethical communication, rhetorical context, document design, communication technologies, precision, concision, and tone. This course fulfills the Theory and Practice requirement in the English major. Prerequisites: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
ENGL 280 - L01 Intro to English Studies - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 JRC 227

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1510

Location:

JRC 227

Course Registration Number:

41479 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Fernando Sanchez

This gateway course into the English major and the minor is an introduction to (a) literary tools, techniques, and terminology for reading and writing in English studies; (b) the history of English Studies as a discipline and the intellectual concepts and critical debates that have shaped the field; and (c) the practices of English Studies, from close reading and analysis of literary and critical texts to interpretation and scholarly research.

Schedule Details

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GENG 699 - 02 Master's Project - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

41412 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Fernando Sanchez

The capstone for graduate programs in English is the Master's Project course. For the MA in English, students complete an essay that provides an opportunity for lengthy reflection about selected works or authors. The purpose is to give students a final opportunity to develop an area of expertise while they refine their writing, revising, and editing skills. For the MA in Creative Writing and Publishing, students complete a chapbook-length portfolio of 40-50 pages such as a collection of poetry, literary fiction, young adult fiction or creative nonfiction. In either program, students will present their project to a review committee of a faculty advisor and two additional faculty readers and should demonstrate a high level of cogency and stylistic grace. The Master's Project (GENG 699) is its own course with its own unique registration and counts for 3 credits towards the Master of Arts in English of Master of Arts in Creative Writing and Publishing degree.

Schedule Details

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J-Term 2019 Courses

J-Term 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Spring 2019 Courses

Spring 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 204 - W01 SimCities: Maps, Places, Power M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 JRC 227

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1055 - 1200

Location:

JRC 227

Course Registration Number:

21964 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Fernando Sanchez

In this course, we will explore what makes a city-space. This means that we will examine the qualities necessary for a city to take on an identity as well as who gets to control the ways that cities and their inhabitants are represented. Through the semester, we will move from the macro-level (how cities are built) to the micro-level (how people shape cities through their experiences). Projects will include writing about what makes a city, producing an ethnographic account of how people use city spaces, and conducting research on a relevant city site. Readings will include THE FORD CENTURY IN AMERICA by Brian McMahon, WAR OF STREETS AND HOUSES by Sophie Yanow and Tom Kaczynski, MEANWHILE IN SAN FRANCISCO by Wendy MacNaughton, and IMAGE OF THE CITY by Kevin Lynch, as well as articles from sites like 99% Invisible and Citylab. Please note that this course may require that you purchase SimCity 4 ($20) on Steam. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing. This course satisfies the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing Intensive requirement.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
ENGL 315 - D01 Writing Grants and Proposals M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 JRC 301

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0935 - 1040

Location:

JRC 301

Course Registration Number:

21944 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Fernando Sanchez

The ability to write impactful grant proposals is a skill highly valued in today’s work environment, and the job applicants who possess that skill set themselves apart from other applicants. In this grant writing course, students will learn how to assess client needs, find appropriate funding sources, and use rhetorical and genre knowledge to develop and communicate their ideas for a research or project grant. Students will then work collaboratively in pairs or small groups to apply what they have learned by creating and then orally presenting a grant proposal that uses sound document design strategies. This course will teach those who have little or no prior experience with grant writing how to apply for funding across disciplines ranging from the humanities to STEM fields, across academic institutions and private organizations, and in both profit and non-profit settings. This course satisfies a requirement for the English with a Professional Writing Emphasis major. Prerequisite: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204.

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