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Professional & Technical Writing


Sue Webb, Instructor
email: suzanne.webb@wsu.edu

also available at webbsuza
AIM, GoogleChat, twitter, and gmail.

Office Hours
MONDAYS 9-11 (CST) online
and via email



(teaching with technology: a youtube video)

I'm teaching for WSU for my 3rd year. I'm teaching for WSU from Wichita, Kansas! I just finished my PhD in Rhetoric & Writing at Michigan State. I earned my Master's in Digital Rhetoric & Professional Writing at Michigan State in Aug 08 and that makes me a good candidtate to teach you all this semester.

While I wish we could meet f2f, we'll have to settle for the internet for all our conferencing and class work. I've taught many fully-online courses. I have 2 pieces of advice: 1) Ask questions if you don't understand something. I can't see facial expressions and know when you are perplexed...you have to let me know--email me. Any time. Ask. Do it!, 2) Plan your time. Everything takes longer than you think it will. It just does. Plan now. Portfolios will take you 10-15 hours each. Maybe more. Readings and postings take another chunk. Plan at least 9-12 hours a week to do this course. Some weeks there should be less. But some will be intense.

ask questions

plan your time


If you want a quick response to a question, email me direct (that is, don't send me email through the ANGEL function, but rather, send me email to suzanne.webb@wsu.edu). That is the FASTEST way to reach me and for me to respond. I do a lot of email via my smart phone. While I won't guarantee a response within a couple hours, I will say that I "often" or I "usually" am able to respond within a few hours--often in just a few minutes, and I'll always get back to you M-F within 24 hours. If I have to log into ANGEL, complications sometimes occur.

Lastly, I WILL NOT discuss any grades through direct email, that MUST be done via ANGEL, but I can answer many of your questions directly and quickly if you email me direct.


This online course will be reading and writing intensive. That is, most of our communication, course materials, and finished products will be textual. The book readings are crucial as are the discussion boards.