WITMER Robert

Professor
English
B.A., Ball State University
M.A., Temple University

Research and Teaching Interests:

I teach courses in composition and critical thinking in the Core Program, as well as two literature courses, American Poetry and Creative Writing. In addition to my teaching, I serve as Director of the Sophia Writing Center.

My research interests are focused on academic writing at the college level and writing center theory and praxis. The aim of this research is to develop models of instruction that will help students not only to improve their verbal skills but also to acquire more general cognitive competencies and skills. My teaching aims to engage undergraduates in the critical thinking and critical reflection that will, through constant reinforcement, increase their capacities for lifelong learning and continuing intellectual development. In my Thinking Processes course, for example, students are encouraged to raise questions about and examine different views regarding the purpose of a college education, the value of literature, and appropriate attitudes toward our environment. I also do research on modern and contemporary poetry, and most recently have been focusing on the writing of haiku in English. As I believe the best way to understand poetry is from the writer’s perspective, I also write poems and have published some. My most recent publications have been of haiku, senryu, and other short poems in literary journals such as Modern Haiku, The Heron’s Nest, Acorn, and others.

COURSES

Courses NoTitle2017 Semester Offered
LIT320 AMERICAN POETRY Autumn
LIT370 CREATIVE WRITING Not Offered
THP101 THINKING PROCESSES Autumn
THP101 THINKING PROCESSES Spring
THP101 THINKING PROCESSES Spring
Tel:
03-3238-4058
Email:
r-witmer@sophia.ac.jp
Office:
10-605