Traci Gardner

I am an educator, currently teaching in the Department of English at Virginia Tech. I blog about college writing for Bedford/St. Martin's Bits Blog and in the Ink’d In newsletter and write about K–12 English language arts instruction for ReadWriteThink. My Lists of Ten (the source of my nickname, tengrrl) were originally published on email discussion lists, including WPA-L and TechRhet. My work focuses on connected learning, digital composing, and online teaching. I use this domain for my course websites. For my research and writing, please visit my personal site,


Intro to College Composition (English 1105)
Introduction to rhetorical analysis, visual rhetoric, critical writing, and critical thinking; intensive reading of works in multiple genres; practice in writing and revision; fundamentals of oral presentations.

Technical Writing (English 3764)
Principles and procedures of technical writing; attention to analyzing audience and purpose, organizing information, designing graphic aids, and writing such specialized forms as abstracts, instructions, and proposals. Junior standing required.

Discussion post topics are not visible in the Canvas-hosted sites. You can see many of the post topics on my Professional and Technical Writing site.

Business Writing (English 3774)
Extensive practice in forms of persuasive and informative writing such as memos, case analyses, reports, abstracts, and letters. Designed for students in all curricula. Junior standing required.

Writing and Digital Media (English 3844)
Introduces professional writing students to the fundamental practices and emerging theories of writing with, and for, digital media.

Mentoring & Service

My Calendar of CFPs is a chronological listing of all the calls for proposals, submissions, queries, and nominations that deal primarily with topics of rhetoric, composition, technology, and technical writing. The FAQ at the bottom of the Calendar page explains how to use the resource and how to submit additional CFPs.

As a mentor to graduate students teaching professional writing courses in the Department of English during the Spring 2015 term, I developed the Teaching Professional Writing blog, where I posted assignments and tips on teaching technical writing and business writing. This blog is now retired.

More Information

You can download my vita for more details on my work. If you need any additional information, you can email me at tengrrl at vt dot edu. Send postal mail to Traci Gardner, Department of English (MC0112),  Virginia Tech, 181 Turner Street, NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

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