Eric Machan Howd

Eric Machan Howd

Assistant Professor, Department of Writing
Faculty, School of Humanities and Sciences

Specialty:Professional Writing, Academic Writing, Creative Writing (Poetry), Applied Learning
Phone:(607) 255-3586
Office:424 Smiddy Hall
Ithaca, NY 14850

Welcome to my Ithaca College homepage! I entered Ithaca College (IC) in 1986 as a Music Education major; I graduated in 1990 with a Bachelors in English Literature (with a concentration in Renaissance Studies) and a Writing Minor. I first began teaching at IC in 1999 in the English Department and am currently teaching Professional Writing and Academic Writing (and Introduction to Poetry Writing I every so often) with the Writing Department. I am honored to be the Writing Department's longest serving Lecturer and to currently serve as an Assistant Professor in Professional Writing on a one-year line (2016-2017). I have also taught Professional, Academic Writing, and Digital Media with Tompkins Cortland Community College, SUNY Cortland, Empire State College, and Broome Community College. I also serve Empire State College as a Prior Learning Assessor in the fields of Professional/Technical Writing, Academic Writing, and Creative Writing. I am a State University of New York (SUNY) designated Expert in Online Learning and Course/Curriculum Design (via SUNY's Center for Online Teaching Excellence) and one of the State's designated experts in electronic portfolios and reflective-based pedagogies.

My teaching career has long been accompanied by more full-time work in higher education as an administrator (with Tompkins Cortland Community College, Cornell University, and Binghamton University). This career has focused my skills and experience in professional writing, grant writing and management, project management, and instructional design. In the sixteen years of my career as an administrator, I have acted as a Coordinator of Online Learning, Director of Academic Technology, Project Manager/Instructional Designer, and, most recently, Director of Instructional Design Services in the Center for Learning and Teaching at Binghamton University. My administrative career has also focused on leadership, coordinating job searches, contract negotiations, policy development and managing others. In addition, while in these positions, I have presented at national, regional and state-wide conferences on teaching pedagogy, online learning, ePortfolios, and other grant-based studies. I am very proud to have collaborated with Dr. Randy Pausch (Carnegie-Mellon, of The Last Lecture fame) on a major National Science Foundation grant regarding the software tool ALICE. I am also a recipient of a SUNY Chancellor/Trustees Award for Excellence in Professional Service (2006).On the side, I work as a freelance Educational Consultant and have collaborated with both national, regional and international clients on learning and teaching.

Recent research and scholarship in the fields of professional writing and instructional design include: a national book chapter on "Breaking Silos: How Internal Structures in Higher Education can be more Successful in Cross-Matrix Functions" (forthcoming in Creative Approaches to Instructional Design in Libraries), an article in the inaugural Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-Based Learning's (AAEEBL) ePortfolio Review on "Using ePortfolios to Replace the Learning Management System", and a presentation and publication on "Using Slack as a Tool to Teach Business Communications in order to Promote Applied Learning" at the 81st Association for Business Communication 2016 Conference (October 2016, an organization of which I am a member).

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