Courses Taught: Color Theory, Design II, Art History
Mrs. Pam Ellis, who continues to pursue her education in addition to teaching, provides perspectives on writing from both academic and professional sides. It may be comforting to students to know that even their professors struggle with writing sometimes. Mrs. Ellis has research paper for the University on her to-do list, but, as she states, "I am having a little difficulty deciding what I want to write my article about."
Though some professors have expressed disdain over a decline in students' writing, Mrs. Ellis has a more optimistic view. "I think that [undergraduate writing] is getting better," said Mrs. Ellis. When Mrs. Ellis first attended college, writing was not a major part of her curriculum. However, when she went back to school to further her education, she did a lot more writing. Upon entering her Masters program, writing became even more integral. Mrs. Ellis says that the difference between undergraduate and graduate writing is in an increase in professionalism.
Mrs. Ellis sates that while the library's databases are good resources, students should expand their research beyond just what the library has. Publications that Mrs. Ellis herself relies on include Art News, CMYK, and Arts in America. "I encourage students to go and look at these and to see what's happening out there in this world of ours. Once they go work in the career they have chosen, different magazines or journals can help them spark their creativity in the workplace," said Mrs. Ellis.
Mrs. Ellis suggests that students who want to be good writers develop a focus for whatever it is that they are writing. By developing specific objectives, students can target their writing to support those objectives. Attempting to write before knowing what one is trying to say is not a very successful method.