Troy E. Spier, Ph.D.

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Courses Taught

Learning Support English (ENGL-0999), Middle Georgia State University
This Learning Support course is intended to provide co-requisite support for students requiring remediation in reading and/or writing while they are enrolled in ENGL 1101. Topics will parallel topics studied in ENGL 1101 as well as the essential reading and writing skills needed to be successful in ENGL 1101. Taken with ENGL 1101, this is a composition course focusing on skills required for effective writing in a variety of contexts, with emphasis on exposition, analysis, and argumentation, and also including introductory use of a variety of research skills.

Developmental Reading II (READ-072), Delgado Community College
This course is designed to improve reading through an integrated language arts (reading, speaking, listening, and writing) approach. This course includes basic techniques for literal and critical comprehension, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, and application. This is a skills improvement course that may not be used as credit toward an associate degree. This course is designed to help students improve basic reading skills and increase language competency.

Developmental Reading I (READ-071), Delgado Community College
Basic reading course designed to improve reading through an integrated language arts (reading, speaking, listening, and writing) approach.Basic techniques for literal and critical comprehension, analysis, synthesis, evaluation and application. May not be used as credit for a certificate or a degree. Students with a final grade of “D” or “F” must repeat the course. A final grade of “A,” “B,” or “C” indicates advancement to the next level of Developmental Reading. Prerequisite(s): Score of 20-52 on the Accuplacer Reading Comprehension placement exam.

Developmental Composition II (ENGL-099), Delgado Community College
Foundation of basic writing skills. Concentrates on well-constructed paragraphs and essays. Includes application in the fundamentals of grammar and mechanics in the context of writing. This is a skills improvement course that may not be used as credit towards certificate, diploma, or associate degree. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 061 or ENGL 098 with a grade of “C” or higher, or a score of 60-85 on the Accuplacer Sentence Skills placement exam, or a score of 46-70 on the Compass placement test within the last three years.

Developmental Composition I (ENGL-098), Delgado Community College
This course is designed as a foundation of basic writing skills that concentrates on well-constructed sentences, paragraphs, and essays. This course includes intensive practice in the fundamentals of grammar and mechanics. This is a skills improvement course that may not be used as credit toward an associate degree. The course is designed to help students improve basic writing skills and increase language competency.

Basic Writing II (COM-051), Reading Area Community College
This course helps develop basic writing skills. Students will develop a sense of themselves as writers and a sense of the elements that constitute effective academic writing. They will compose short expository essays through guided practice in a variety of activities. Students will also be introduced to basic methods of library research.


English Composition I (ENGL-1101), Middle Georgia State University
This is a composition course focusing on skills required for effective writing in a variety of contexts, with emphasis on exposition, analysis, and argumentation, and also including introductory use of a variety of research skills. Satisfactory placement test score or successful completion of Learning Support English and Reading are required prior to admission to this course.

Foundations of College Writing (ENG-101), Bloomsburg University
This course provides foundational writing experience and instruction to facilitate first-year students’ transition to writing at the post-secondary level by exploring the implications of writers’ rhetorical situations (audience, purpose, media, and genre) and of individual and social writing processes (e.g., drafting, peer review, and reflection) on the texts they generate. Engages students in critical reading and use of source materials. All students will compile and submit an ePortfolio to the English department. Satisfies the General Education requirement of a foundational course in English Composition that students are expected to fulfill in their first year of enrollment.


Structures of English (MTSL-6005E), Universidad San Francisco de Quito
This course studies the grammatical structures of the English language. Students will analyze morphology and syntax and describe the construction of and relationship between phrases, clauses, and sentences, as well lexical and grammatical categories. The course seeks to develop advanced knowledge of English grammar for teaching purposes.

The English Language (ENG-350), Southern New Hampshire University
This course is an introduction to the following topics in English linguistics: history of English,etymology, vocabulary(morphology), phonology, dictionaries, syntax, semantics, dialects, discourse analysis, and childlanguageacquisition. The course is designed for students who want to learn about the English language aspreparation forteaching, or for becoming better writers, or for studying literature. Students will have theopportunity to research,write about, and present on a linguistic topic of individual interest such as the language ofadvertising orpropaganda.


Intermediate Composition II (ESLN-018), Delgado Community College
This is a composition course for students who have demonstrated proficiency at the low-intermediate level. Emphasis is placed on increasing students’ organizational, informational, and grammatical complexity. Students will be able to utilize the process approach, using multiple drafts to produce essays using various rhetorical styles such as explanatory, problem-solution, comparison-contrast, and persuasive.


Cultural Anthropology (AN-225), Caldwell University
This course is designed as an introduction to the field of cultural anthropology through the investigation of the varieties and similarities in different societies and cultures. This is accomplished through cross-cultural study of communication, social institutions, and cultural practices, combined with a holistic examination of select societies around the world. As such, this course attempts to introduce broadly the concepts, methods, and findings of the field.


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