English 150, Assignment Two: Learning about People at Iowa
State University: Profile of Your Favorite ISU Professor
Length: 650-700 words
Due 27 September: Paper Copy of Assignment Two and Reflection
Refer to Chapter 7
, and “Interviews” (463-7) in
The Call to Write.
This project offers you an opportunity to learn more about one of your
favorite Iowa State University professors, either in your major or another
field of study. Conducting an interview and writing a profile will allow you to
learn about your professor’s educational background, work experience, job
description, different types of communication he/she uses in his/her work, job,
field, research, teaching etc., his/her most memorable career moments, and
the recommendations the professor has for undergraduate students like
yourself, who are interested in pursuing a career in that field. Even if you are
not sure about your major yet, learning about the subjects you are interested
in will help you decide in the long run. An inquiring attitude and the ability
to synthesize relevant information efficiently are both important for this
project because your primary source will be the information you gathered in a
short interview that you have conducted in a professional and timely manner.
*Please Note: Your rough draft/outline will be due at the time of your scheduled
conference during week 5 in my office. Please bring a paper copy of your
draft/outline to the conference and specific questions. Missing the scheduled
conference counts as an absence.
Planning and Drafting
This assignment has several steps you will follow closely. A recorder (or a
podcast feature) would certainly be useful, and it is highly recommended.
Otherwise, you will have to write a lot of fast notes that are sometimes not
easy to read after the interview.
1. First, you will send a brief, pleasant, and respectful email to your
professor, asking for a 20-minute interview. Use the email template given for
the in-class writing exercise, begin with some kind words, and say that the
interview is for your English 150 class assignment. If you have taken a
course from that professor, mention how much you enjoyed it.
2. After your professor agrees to be interviewed, you will send him/her a