Rhetoric Today

This newsletter is a publication of the Department of Rhetoric and Composition

Then Came the Pandemic

Aliaa Hamad

Letter from the Editor

Now that the Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters have concluded and we have had time to wrap our heads around our rapid transition to online instruction, we want to reflect on this experience and take a look back at our time teaching online.

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Alia Hamad

Faculty Articles

Ehab Elshimi

Spring 2020 Online Teaching Experience


Teaching online in the Spring was a challenging yet immensely rewarding experience. It was the first time for me to teach online, so it was very demanding in terms of time and effort, particularly when it was first announced that we would move to online classes.

Adham 'Doma' Mahmoud

Off Campus, Online


At AUC, our transition to online learning was rather sudden. One Sunday, I was teaching on campus; the next, I was sitting at home, trying to enjoy the first day of a Spring Break suddenly bestowed upon me 48 hours earlier.

Brooke Comer

Adapting to an Online Classroom: Two Perspectives

When I found out that I would be teaching online in the Fall semester of 2020, the first thing that came to my mind was “engagement” and how I could inspire and motivate first-year students.

Doctor… Can you hear me?


Having gone home after the 12th of March 2020, I couldn’t help but wonder how my students would ever cope if we had to close down.

Alia Hamad

It Might Just Come True: Pandemic Thanks and Misses

It’s 7:15 am, and I’m already in a frenzy. I’m dashing out of the house and randomly grabbing everything I see on my desk and shoving it into my backpack: flask, markers, AUC ID, and… I’m sure I’m forgetting something which I have absolutely no time or will to remember.

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Rhetoric Today 2019

In this issue of Rhetoric Today, we celebrate the AUC Centennial. As AUC turns 100, it is only fitting that we reflect on our identity as a department and academic institution. This issue, therefore, features four articles and a poem by five of our instructors in which they look at our past, present, and future. It highlights how the contributing instructors think about how far we’ve come, who we are, our role as instructors, where we still need to grow, and where we are headed?

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