Instructor: John Cusick

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    Instructor interview for Place-Based WAC/WID writing instruction in a sophomore honors seminar, clip 10 of 10
    ( 2015) Place-based WAC/WID Hui ; Cusick, John ; Henry, Jim
    Brief excerpt from interview: [In Hawaiʻi we have] all the issues of urbanization and suburbanization and traffic and water management and safety issues of being in this urban environment... and [students] can write about it and they can do things that are impactful to make change. They can be that agent of change because they're involved in that meaningful way But then there's the campus inreach, right, that sort of idea that now that civic engagement is cultivating campus, relationship to this campus because how do we demonstrate our ability to really teach students what they need to learn if we're not demonstrating it here? Experiential, action-oriented... if this is such an urgency, then why aren't we doing something about it? We're in this island, we can't, we don't have that ability. This is what we have, and every bit of it matters.
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    Instructor interview for Place-Based WAC/WID writing instruction in a sophomore honors seminar, clip 9 of 10
    ( 2015) Place-based WAC/WID Hui ; Cusick, John ; Henry, Jim
    Brief excerpt from interview: Writing skill is mandatory. Good writing skills, and it doesn't mean that you're writing long; just whatever you're writing is clear and articulate and communicates what the student wants to say. In terms of a sense of place... independent of the writing... is that also the flip side is the oral communication skills... Maybe young people are less text-based, but that doesn't mean they're not reading.
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    Instructor interview for Place-Based WAC/WID writing instruction in a sophomore honors seminar, clip 8 of 10
    ( 2015) Place-based WAC/WID Hui ; Cusick, John ; Henry, Jim
    Brief excerpt from interview: Because I know students always need the Writing Intensive... I think all my classes have been Writing Intensive since 2005. Why not? Why shouldn't my classes be Writing Intensive to make it more impactful for students and allow them to continue along their goal towards graduation?... It's not my education, it's theirs. So many things that you can look at... if we're broadly defining sustainability or this idea of place-based, project-based learning. A sense of place.
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    Instructor interview for Place-Based WAC/WID writing instruction in a sophomore honors seminar, clip 7 of 10
    ( 2015) Place-based WAC/WID Hui ; Cusick, John ; Henry, Jim
    Brief excerpt from interview: The classes I've taught have all been geography.
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    Instructor interview for Place-Based WAC/WID writing instruction in a sophomore honors seminar, clip 6 of 10
    ( 2015) Place-based WAC/WID Hui ; Cusick, John ; Henry, Jim
    Brief excerpt from interview: We're a commuter campus, I get that...That's part of the challenge... you have these events that you assume would be packed, and there's just no one there. You have to understand that students have multiple pressures on them. It's always surprising to me that given our place... given the situation we find ourselves in as an island archipelago... and the vulnerability that that inherently represents, that there are these incredible opportunities for students to really delve into this sort of place-based understanding... [it's shocking] that there are so few people there. That's the challenge as faculty... this is a hard one... faculty are trying to do so much... but sometimes at a loss of cultivating a loss of a sense of relationship to the campus.