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Patrick Scanlon

Professor
School of Communication
College of Liberal Arts

Patrick Scanlon

Professor
School of Communication
College of Liberal Arts

Education

BA, Albany University; MA, Ph.D., University of Rochester

Bio

Professor Scanlon has been with the School of Communication since 1988. He has published on English Renaissance literature, fiction, literacy, technical writing, technical communication education, technical graphics, plagiarism, and the teaching of writing in distance learning programs. The focus of his research and publications over the past decade or so has been on plagiarism and self-plagiarism. He recently completed a book manuscript: Casting and Mending: How therapetuic fly fishing heals shattered minds and bodies.

Dr. Scanlon is the 2012 recipient of the Provost's Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award.

Positions Held

Institute Writing Director, 1994-1997
Chairman of Humanities, 1997-2000
Department of Communication Coordinator of Undergraduate Degree Programs, 2006-2011
Chairman of the Department of Communication, 2011-2014
Director of the School of Communication, 2014-2016

Currently Teaching

COMM-142
3 Credits
This course introduces students to current best practices in written and visual technical communication including writing effective email, short and long technical reports and presentations, developing instructional material, and learning the principles and practices of ethical technical communication. Course activities focus on engineering and scientific technical documents.
COMM-501
3 Credits
A guided research seminar culminating in a major project that brings together the communication students’ communication studies and substantive work in his or her professional core. Focuses on designing, conducting, and completing an independent research project. The progress of each project is shared with the class for discussion and critiques.
COMM-706
3 Credits
This course will focus on the creation of written and visual messages appropriate to a targeted audience and specific medium including print, broadcast, interactive, digital, and online technologies. Case studies of both effective and unsuccessful messages from, for example, advertising, public service, education, and entertainment will be examined. Students will create and execute a variety of messages using different writing styles with images that are directed toward specific target audiences.