Professor Labs Podcast
Episode 28 — How Writing Improves Your Life

Episode 28 — How Writing Improves Your Life

May 22, 2020

Join us this week along with our very special guest--alumni and former undergraduate student body president, Ayyan Zubair--as we discuss how writing (and effective communication) can yield personal and professional benefits far beyond the college classroom environment!

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Episode 27 — Omelas: Would You Walk Away?

Episode 27 — Omelas: Would You Walk Away?

May 8, 2020

Join us this week as we discuss Ursula K. Le Guin's stunning world of Omelas--and ask the ultimate question: would you walk away?

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Episode 26 — LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST: How to Write a Great Title

Episode 26 — LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST: How to Write a Great Title

May 2, 2020

Ever wonder what goes into making a great title? Join us this week as we discuss the vital elements to crafting an effective vs. lame title!

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Episode 25 — Personal Statement Writing with Professor Kristina Lucenko

Episode 25 — Personal Statement Writing with Professor Kristina Lucenko

April 25, 2020

Join us this week as we welcome professor of writing and rhetoric Dr. Kristina Lucenko in discussing the vital art of how and why crafting a quality personal statement could be the most important document that you ever write.

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Episode 24 — Young Adult Author Diana Gallagher

Episode 24 — Young Adult Author Diana Gallagher

April 18, 2020

Join us this week with Young Adult author Diana Gallagher as we discuss the journey from thought to novel--and how such lessons inform teaching writing in the classroom, and beyond.

You can check out Diana Gallagher's latest novel, LESSONS IN FALLING in bookstores now.

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Episode 23 — Writing to Get a Job

Episode 23 — Writing to Get a Job

April 12, 2020

Ever thought that writing can get--or lose--you a job opportunity? Well it can, and will! Join us this week as we discuss a few vital tips to crafting cover letters that will put you in as best of a position as possible to start--or advance--you on your career path.

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Episode Links:

"Bad" Cover Letter

"Better" Cover Letter

Basic Cover Letter Template

Episode 22 — How to Write a “Good” Paragraph

Episode 22 — How to Write a “Good” Paragraph

April 5, 2020

What the heck is a "good" paragraph? Is this even a "good" question? Join us this week as we discuss the challenges and triumphs of how in the world to approach writing paragraphs in all types of works.

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Episode Links:

Purdue OWL website on Topic Sentences

Purdue OWL website on Body Paragraphs

Purdue OWL website on Paragraphing

Episode 21 — How to Work From Home During Coronavirus

Episode 21 — How to Work From Home During Coronavirus

March 29, 2020

Still adjusting to doing a day's work from the "comfort" of your own home? Whether you're a student, teacher, or any other professional, this shift is proving to be a challenge for everyone. Join us this week as we discuss some lessons about how to balance personal and professional life as we work to navigate these unique times.

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Article about how to best work from home!

Episode 20 — Why Outlines Suck (but Shouldn’t)

Episode 20 — Why Outlines Suck (but Shouldn’t)

March 25, 2020

Raise your hand if you hated doing outlines in high school? Okay, you can all put your hands down now. The real question is why have so many of us had such similarly horrible experiences planning out our thoughts? Join us this week as we clarify how to "do" outlines right--focusing on organizing one's ideas and analysis in a way that makes your job a heck of a lot easier in the long run!

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Researched Argument Outline Template

Reverse Outline Template

Episode 19 — How to Refine Your B.S. Meter

Episode 19 — How to Refine Your B.S. Meter

March 19, 2020

With no shortage of sources to pick and choose what information you want to believe, how do we assess what's "good" information versus "bad"? Are these even the "right" terms? Join us this week as we discuss the critical value of working through how to refine your "bullshit" meter in this day and age of endless information.

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Episode Links:

Valid Sources Worksheet

Research Studies