Dr. Dan Weinstein
Courses Taught: Web Publishing I & II, Information Architecture
Enthusiastic, intriguing, and intelligent, Dr. Dan Weinstein teaches both English and Mass Communication classes here at DSU. Constantly seeking to further his knowledge, Dr. Weinstein is eager to share new discoveries with his students. From showing his students a new CSS (Cascading Style Sheet) technique in his Web Publishing class, to having his students draw comics for their final project in his Contemporary Rhetoric class, his eagerness is infectious.
Dr. Weinstein does not expect his students to be perfect writers, but rather, expects that they possess enough self-awareness to take advantage of his feedback and edit their writing themselves. With that comment, Dr. Weinstein hits on a point that many students do not take advantage of. Dr. Weinstein, like all of the professors here, has office hours outside of class. He is always happy to meet with students to offer them guidance. To get the richest academic experience possible, students should not be afraid to seek assistance from their professors outside of class.
Dr. Weinstein, who considers writing to be his first academic love, has experienced changes in the expectations for his writing in some areas since entering teaching. "As an English major studying literature, I was expected to produce rather elaborate conceptual essays. Here [at DSU], I am more concerned with technical writing, which is written according to certain specifications set down in a style guide," says Dr. Weinstein. He further expounds upon the differences between professional and academic writing, stating, "Technical writing is practical writing, pragmatic writing. It helps people understand how things work and how to get things done. It calls for a plainspoken approach and a very direct delivery. In my college writing, such a rhetorical stance would have been considered too blunt."
While no professors have undermined the importance of writing, Dr. Weinstein takes it to the next level, stating:
"Writing is not just important, writing is vital: vital to thought, vital to ones sense of self, vital to professional success. Through writing, you discover what you think about things. Through your words (and the ability to look back on them) you discover who you were and who you are. Your written words can get you promoted and move people to action."
Those who take the above statement to heart will appreciate Dr. Weinstein's suggestions for ways to strengthen one's writing: "Write all the time. Write in a journal, even if no one but you sees it. Write for the Trojan Times student newspaper here at DSU. Write for DSU's New Tricks literary magazine. Write constantly. In addition, read even more," said Dr. Weinstein.