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Carol H. MacKay
University Distinguished Teaching Professor
Department of English
I hope that what my students experience in my classroom helps to guide their critical thinking and writing — and that they will come to look at language newly, seeing connections among different passages within a text and different rhetorical styles among authors. Learning how to articulate new insights and develop an argument orally and in writing should hone the skills that can carry the students into a lifetime of analysis and contemplation about the issues they confront on a daily basis, whether these confrontations comprise the intellectual challenges of an academic setting or the everyday acts of navigating their lives. My teaching allows me to create an environment that can be re-created by my students.