The author connects his father's profession as a journalist and his own public service as a writing tutor.

The recent election has reminded us of the importance—and difficulty—of communicating our work in academia, of “translating” expert or specialized knowledge in a way that is both understandable and relevant.

Letters are a way of testifying, of sharing something internal, of unloading, of finding common ground, and also of raising your voice. 

History shows that that reaching out to our students in times of fear can have a deep impact.

After the election, a number of students are missing from my Introduction to Public Speaking class, and the ones who are present ask if I will scrap the lesson plan so we can watch a speech by Trump.

Reflective writing allows students to articulate their goals and learning practices and assess their own achievement.