December 9, 2005 | New York City College of Technology
Brooklyn, NY — A new journal, City Tech Writer, to debut in May 2006, is an outgrowth of the College’s Writing Across the Curriculum program. Under the direction of English Professor and Editor-in-Chief Jane Mushabac, the publication will provide a forum for the best student writing produced in courses throughout the College.
“The Writing Across the Curriculum program,” says Mushabac, “emphasizes the importance of students working on their writing skills in all disciplines, not just in English courses. City Tech is committed to Writing Across the Curriculum because students who become highly competent in critical thinking and writing are likely to flourish both in their college and professional careers. With 25 academic departments in our College, students here are writing a large variety of assignments on a wide range of topics, and City Tech Writer will allow others to enjoy and benefit from the best of their work.”
Mushabac believes that the chance to be published provides a powerful incentive for students to write well. Students learn that a writing assignment is not just a demanding task, but also an opportunity to develop a point of view and express it clearly and effectively to others.
“Good writing is not mechanical,” adds Mushabac. “Good writing is clear, direct and bold. Learning to write well helps us to think about things in new ways and to understand perspectives we had not considered before.”
Excellent student writing need no longer just end up in a file drawer. Faculty are being encouraged to submit student papers of any length and any kind — essays, interviews, research papers, legal briefs, performance critiques, restaurant reviews, architecture presentation abstracts, speech transcripts, philosophy response papers, poems, writings on the physical sciences and mathematics, personal narratives, case studies and plays.
“Submission of a student’s paper is a form of recognition,” says Mushabac. “Selection for publication is an honor, one that enables students to see their work in print where others can read it and learn from it.”
City Tech President Russell K. Hotzler strongly believes that the successful development of students’ communication skills is a vital measure of the quality of the education provided them. To celebrate the publication of the first issue of City Tech Writer, the president will salute both the student writers and their professors at an on-campus reception.
From 1999 to 2002, Professor Mushabac edited a similar publication at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Louise Mirrer, at the time CUNY Executive Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, praised the publication as “a virtual endorsement of the worth and reward of a Writing Across the Curriculum initiative.”
Mushabac’s own writing includes A Short and Remarkable History of New York City, which was selected by the American Association of University Presses as one of “The Best of the Best” university press books in 2000. The book, which is illustrated from the collections of the Museum of the City of New York, has just gone into a third printing. Actress Tovah Feldshuh recently performed Mushabac’s dramatic writing at Lincoln Center as part of a one-woman show. Mushabac is the recipient of a 2005 Alumni Achievement Award from The City University of New York PhD Alumni Association.
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