Department of Rhetoric & Writing
Department of Rhetoric & Writing

Drake Gossi


University of Texas at Austin

Drake Gossi

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Interests


Technical and professional communication, entrepreneurial culture and communication, pedagogy, the history of composition, composition theory, genre, affect, Writing Studies

Biography


I am a second year Phd student in the Department of Rhetoric and Writing. Recently, I have been researching rural Texas; the genre of the pitch deck; and practices of annotation and feedback in the composition classroom. 

 

Courses


RHE 309K • Rhetoric Of The Job Search

42810 • Spring 2022
Meets MW 4:00PM-5:30PM FAC 7
Wr

Typically, a university teaches you the knowledge you need on the job, but not the knowledge you need to get the job in the first place--skills like how to interview, whether to include extra documents in a job application, how to sell yourself, and so on. While most universities have a career center, and while an endless stream of YouTube videos claim to help with the job application process, these services expect the job seeker to learn the unwritten rules of the job search on his or her own, without the help of a supportive community. By contrast, this course gives you the opportunity to talk to professionals who hire college graduates while at the same time letting you practice writing job application materials and even interviewing for a position with other students in a similar position.

This course has four main component parts:

  • First, you learn about rhetoric. The goal of learning about rhetoric is to apply that knowledge to analyses later in the course.
  • Second, we invite guest speakers into the classroom. We will ask these guest speakers about the hiring process in their profession as well as about their own job search history.
  • Third, you use what we learn from the guest speakers to assess student portfolios. These portfolios will consist of a cover letter, a letter of recommendation, a mock interview, and a resume. You will compose such a portfolio yourself and submit it for other students to review.
  • Fourth, you will write a final report. The report will be a synthesis of what you learn from the guest speakers and the book Down and Out in the New Economy (Gershon).

 

 

Materials needed

  • Nicotra, Jodie. Becoming Rhetorical: Analyzing and Composing in a Multimedia World. 1st edition, Cengage Learning, 2018. Print.
  • Gershon, I. (2020). Down and out in the new economy. University of Chicago Press.
  • UNC-Chapel Hill's resources (online writing handbook)

 

RHE 309K • Rhetoric Of The Job Search

43900 • Fall 2021
Meets MW 4:00PM-5:30PM PAR 104
Wr

Getting a job these days is tough. First, you must decide on what jobs to apply to, and where. Then comes the process of creating various application materials,followed by adapting them to each individual job site’s unique specifications. As if all that wasn’t difficult enough, you must do your best to imagine not only what questions the hiring manager will ask, but also how to respond to them. Should you be modest? Funny? Honest? What if they ask you whether you have experience in something that you don’t have experience in? Worse still, even if the interview goes well, yourfuture boss will inevitably Google you, and who knows what a “deep search” of your name will turn up.

As the cliché goes, getting a job is a full-time job in itself. But the process shouldn’t have to be stressful. In fact, this course aims to reduce job-seeking anxiety by offering you three opportunities, namely,

  • To conceptualize the job search (what's involved on their end and the employer's end? what's the
  • rhetorical moves and their rationale?)
  • To understand the genres involved and how they relate (what do I have to read or write?)
  • To form a supportive community around looking for jobs

 

Assignments and Grading

  • Identify and understand relationships among the genres involved: job ad, resume, LinkedIn/Indeed,
  • Glassdoor, letter of application, letter of recommendation,job interview, etc. (15%)
  • Talk to a Career Coach (10%)
  • Identify a candidate job ad or cluster of them; learnhow to read these and identify themes (15%)
  • Craft resume and letter of application (15%)
  • Role-play a job interview (15%)
  • Reading responses (10%)
  • Final paper (20%)

 

Texts

Becoming Rhetorical: Analyzing and Composing in a Multimedia World, by Jodie Nicotra, 1st Edition

RHE 309K • Rhetoric Of The Job Search-Wb

43615 • Spring 2021
Meets TTH 5:00PM-6:30PM
Internet; Synchronous
Wr

Getting a job these days is tough. First, you must decide on what jobs to apply to, and where. Then comes the process of creating various application materials, followed by adapting them to each individual job site’s unique specifications. As if all that wasn’t difficult enough, you must do your best to imagine not only what questions the hiring manager will ask, but also how to respond to them. Should you be modest? Funny? Honest? What if they ask you whether you have experience in something that you don’t have experience in? Worse still, even if the interview goes well, your future boss will inevitably Google you, and who knows what a “deep search” of your name will turn up.

 

As the cliché goes, getting a job is a full-time job in itself. But the process shouldn’t have to be stressful. In fact, this course aims to reduce job-seeking anxiety by offering you three opportunities. The first is to prepare job application materials for two different dream jobs, both of which will be in different industries. The second is to research how different industries interview applicants differently. The third is to populate the web with content that will make you look good when your future boss Google’s you.

 

Assignments

 

  • Resume portfolio (self-inventory, two different resumes, reflection, video resume, presentation of video resume) 25%
  • Job interview research (both primary and secondary research into how the interview process reflects the values of two different professions) 25%
  • Reputation management portfolio (Daily Texan op-ed, Amazon.com book review, Yelp review, etc., genre analysis) 25%
  • Revision 15%
  • Participation 10% (reading responses, peer reviews, in-class writing assignments, etc.)

 

Required Text

 

  • Becoming Rhetorical: Analyzing and Composing in a Multimedia World, by Jodie Nicotra, 1st Edition

 

RHE 309K • Rhetoric Of The Job Search-Wb

42255 • Fall 2020
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM
Internet; Synchronous
Wr

Getting a job these days is tough. First, you must decide on what jobs to apply to, and where. Then comes the process of creating various application materials, followed by adapting them to each individual job site’s unique specifications. As if all that wasn’t difficult enough, you must do your best to imagine not only what questions the hiring manager will ask, but also how to respond to them. Should you be modest? Funny? Honest? What if they ask you whether you have experience in something that you don’t have experience in? Worse still, even if the interview goes well, your future boss will inevitably Google you, and who knows what a “deep search” of your name will turn up.

As the cliché goes, getting a job is a full-time job in itself. But the process shouldn’t have to be stressful. In fact, this course aims to reduce job-seeking anxiety by offering you three opportunities. The first is to prepare job application materials for two different dream jobs, both of which will be in different industries. The second is to research how different industries interview applicants differently. The third is to populate the web with content that will make you look good when your future boss Google’s you.

Assignments

  • Resume portfolio (self-inventory, two different resumes, reflection, video resume, presentation of video resume) 25%
  • Job interview research (both primary and secondary research into how the interview process reflects the values of two different professions) 25%
  • Reputation management portfolio (Daily Texan op-ed, Amazon.com book review, Yelp review, etc., genre analysis) 25%
  • Revision 15%
  • Participation 10% (reading responses, peer reviews, in-class writing assignments, etc.)

Required Text

  • Becoming Rhetorical: Analyzing and Composing in a Multimedia World, by Jodie Nicotra, 1st Edition

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