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Jane Nesmith
Assistant Professor of Rhetoric
Director of the Writing Center

B.A. English major, German minor, The College of Wooster
M.A. in English, Indiana University Bloomington
Ph.D. in English, University of Iowa

What classes are you currently teaching?
Rhetorical Theory and Practice  and Professional Writing. In spring, I teach Journalism Workshop and Advanced Writing Workshop.

What activities or campus organizations are you actively involved with?
I am the advisor for the Pearl, the student publication of non-fiction writing. I'm also on the committee that chooses the first year book.

What makes Coe stand out from other schools?
It's a small college with excellent students and faculty. We value writing and creative endeavors, and our students are involved in wonderful extracurricular activities like sports and music and theatre and politics. Being in a large-ish city allows us to do service-learning projects in town and offer our students the chance to do internships, giving their liberal-arts education a practical and professional edge.

What is your favorite class to teach and why?
I love teaching all my classes. Not every minute of it :), but I especially love teaching classes in which students create something that they share with the world: In my Professional Writing class, we do writing for local non-profit organizations each year-brochures, newsletters, press releases. It's cool to see that stuff out in the community. In Journalism, students create blogs and e-portfolios where friends, families, classmates, and -who knows?-can view what they've written. These experiences really challenge students to do their best, and they love to do work that's going to go beyond the teacher's desk.

Name your most memorable Coe lecture and what it meant to you.
I loved meeting nonfiction writer Anne Fadiman, author of our first year book, The Spirit Catches you and you Fall Down. Not only was I thrilled to have one of my favorite authors visit Coe, I was thrilled to find that she was so engaging and interested in our students.

What book are you currently reading?
I am a reading addict! I just finished The Worst Hard Time, about the Dust Bowl, and The Elegance of the Hedgehog is waiting for me at the library.

What do you enjoy doing outside of class?
I teach half-time, and I am also a local freelance writer. You can see my work in The Gazette and City Revealed Magazine. For fun, I take an intermediate adult ballet class 2x a week, I'm a 1st Dan Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, and I love to crochet and cook.

What advice would you give a prospective student?
You've already done one of the most important things a prospective can do: visit the campus. There are lots of great colleges out there; pick one where you feel both comfortable and challenged.