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January 24, 2013

ULM professors pen article about collaboration between English and Health Studies

University of Louisiana at Monroe faculty members Dr. Paula Griswold, assistant professor in the Department of Health Studies, and Dr. Sandra Hill, associate director of the School of Humanities and program coordinator of English, published an article, "Potential for Collaborative Writing in Professional Communication and Health Studies Through Service-Learning" in "Business Communication Quarterly," a peer-reviewed journal of the Association for Business Communication.

Teaching in professional writing and health studies respectively, Hill and Griswold have incorporated service-learning projects into their courses and included similar writing goals, and through employing different methodologies, they discovered similar outcomes.

Through assessment of student reflections and discussions of course results, both professors concluded there is potential for collaborative service-learning projects between the two disciplines.

The article discusses instructional approaches in the two courses, the theory and pedagogy on which the approaches are based, and practical ideas on how a collaborative professional writing/health studies service-learning project might be coordinated.

The authors believe these ideas may provide a model for collaboration across disciplines.

Griswold earned a B.S. in Medical Technology and an M.S. in Life Sciences from Louisiana Tech University.

She then earned a Ph.D. in toxicology from ULM, where she has taught at ULM since 2007.

Hill earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in English from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and her Ph.D. in English from the University of Maryland, College Park.

She has taught at ULM since 2006.

The article is available online

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