WILLIAM P. PEIRCE

13915 Crest Hill Lane                            
Silver Spring MD 20905                         E-mail:   wpeirce@verizon.net
                                                                Faculty Website:  http://academic.pgcc.edu/~wpeirce
Phone:   301-384-3629                           Woodworking Website:  http://mysite.verizon.net/respcjwi/

                                    


CURRENT POSITIONS

University of Maryland University College, 1991-present
Adjunct associate professor
Course chair, COMM 394, Business Writing


Retired
Prince George's Community College, 1965-2007
Professor of English
Coordinator, Reasoning Across the Curriculum, 1994-2007
Coordinator, Academic Outcomes Assessment, 1999-2003
Chair of Writing Department, 1980-91, 93-94

Teaching experience includes first-year composition, honors composition, argument and persuasion, business writing, introduction to literature, teaching thinking (workshop course for teachers), British literature, world literature, science fiction.

RECENT CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS


AFACCT
As Coordinator of the Reasoning Across the Curriculum Program at Prince George's Community College, I conduct semi-annual workshops for faculty on various aspects of teaching thinking in all disciplines. In addition, since 1996 I have presented workshops on assessment and on teaching thinking at the annual conference of AFACCT, an association of Maryland community college faculties.  Recent presentations at AFACCT have been  

2007  Understanding Students' Difficulties in Reasoning: Perspectives from Several Fields
    http://academic.pg.cc.md.us/~wpeirce/MCCCTR/underst06.html
2006  Designing Rubrics to Assess Higher Order Thinking

http://academic.pgcc.edu/~wpeirce/MCCCTR/Designingrubricsassessingthinking.html

2005 The Year of Critical Thinking at Prince George's Community College

http://academic.pgcc.edu/~wpeirce/MCCCTR/AFACCT2005.doc

2004  Improving Students' Metacognition to Improve Their Thinking and Learning

http://academic.pg.cc.md.us/~wpeirce/MCCCTR/metacognition.htm

2003  Strategies for Teaching Thinking in Online Classes

http://academic.pg.cc.md.us/~wpeirce/MCCCTR/ttol.html

2002  English and Technology at Prince George's Community College. Presentation of Title III project

http://academic.pg.cc.md.us/~wpeirce/title3.html

2001  Assessing General Education Outcomes: The Experience of Prince George's  Community College.

http://academic.pgcc.edu/assessment/OverviewandHistoryofCourseOutcomesAssessment.doc

2000  Understanding Students' Difficulties in Reasoning: Perspectives from Learning Styles and Cognitive Styles.

http://academic.pg.cc.md.us/~wpeirce/MCCCTR/diffpt2.html

1999  Understanding Students' Difficulties in Reasoning: Perspectives from Several Fields

http://academic.pg.cc.md.us/~wpeirce/MCCCTR/underst.html

1998  Designing Writing Assignments that Promote Thinking

http://academic.pg.cc.md.us/~wpeirce/MCCCTR/design.html

1996  Teaching Reasoning Dialectically

Other Recent Presentations 

2006  Promoting and Assessing Critical thinking in Courses. Anne Arundel Community College. May 18
2006  The Year of Critical Thinking at Prince George's Community College. Faculty of the Future Conference  2006. Bucks County Community College. June 2.
2006  Building Bridges: Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Information Literacy. University of Maryland University College July Writing Conference. July 28 (Co-presenter).
2005  Connecting Course Goals, Assignments, and Assessment: Faculty Development for Student Success. Middle States Association Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD,  December 5.
        http://academic.pgcc.edu/assessment/connecting.html
2004  Assessing Course Outcomes at Prince George's Community College. North Carolina State Undergraduate Assessment Symposium, Cary, NC, April 17.

        http://academic.pgcc.edu/assessment/OverviewandHistoryofCourseOutcomesAssessment.doc
2001  An English 101 Research Paper Guide/Log. Two-Year College Association, 36th Northeast Regional Conference, Washington, DC, October 5.
        http://academic.pg.cc.md.us/~wpeirce/title3.html
2001  Teaching Thinking Online: Strategies for Promoting Disciplinary Reasoning, Intellectual Growth, and Critical Consciousness. COADEC/MDL annual conference, Ellicott City, MD, April 20.
       http://academic.pg.cc.md.us/~wpeirce/MCCCTR/ttol.html
2000  Teaching Thinking Online: Strategies for Promoting Disciplinary Reasoning, Intellectual Growth, and Critical Consciousness, Sixth International Conference on Asynchronous Learning Networks, University of Maryland University College, November 4. http://academic.pg.cc.md.us/~wpeirce/MCCCTR/ttol.html
2000  Teaching Critical Thinking Online: Better or Worse than Face to Face? Syllabus 2000 International Conference on Technology in Education, Santa Clara, California, July 24.
       http://academic.pg.cc.md.us/~wpeirce/MCCCTR/ttol.html
2000  Teaching Disciplinary Thinking Online: Better or Worse than Face to Face? International Conference on Learning with Technology, Temple University, Philadelphia, March 9.
       http://academic.pg.cc.md.us/~wpeirce/MCCCTR/tdtol.html

PUBLICATIONS

Online Study Guide and online learning modules for Business Communication Today, 9th edition, 2007.

Online Study Guide and online learning modules for Business Communication Essentials, 3rd edition, 2007.


Online Study Guide and online learning modules for Excellence in Business Communication, 7th edition. 2006.


"The Year of Critical Thinking at Prince George's Community College: An Integrated Professional Development Program," in Critical Thinking: Unfinished Business. Ed. Christine McMahon. New Directions for Community Colleges volume no. 130, (July 2005) pp. 79-85. Jossey-Bass.  

Handbook of Critical Thinking Resources for the Year of Critical Thinking. Prince George’s Community College. 2004. http://academic.pgcc.edu/~wpeirce/MCCCTR/handbook.pdf

Strategies for Teaching Thinking and Promoting Intellectual Development in Online Classes," in Electronic Communities: Current Issues and Best Practices. Ed. Sorel Reisman. U.S. Distance Learning Association. Information Age Publishing, 2003.


Assessment Handbook
. Prince George's Community College

http://academic.pgcc.edu/assessment/Handbook.doc

Study Guide: Business Communication Today, 7th edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2002.

Online Study Guide: Business Communication Today, 7th edition. 2002.

Online Study Guide: Excellence in Business Communication, 5th edition. 2001

"Using the Distinction Between Fact and Interpretation to Promote Intellectual Development," The Successful Professor, (May  2001; sample issue). http://www.thesuccessfulprofessor.com


"Myers-Briggs Personality Types: What Do They Tell Us About Understanding Students’ Difficulties in Thinking?" Faculty Focus: A Journal for the Faculty of University of Maryland University College (Fall 2000): 2-5.


"Online Strategies for Teaching Thinking," Syllabus 14 (September 2000): 21-24.

"World Wide Web URLs for Resources for Teaching Reasoning and Critical Thinking," Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines 19 (Autumn 1999): 28-29.


Course Guide: ENGL 396, Critical Analysis in Reading and Writing.  University of Maryland University College, 1996.  A 350-page textbook on critical thinking for a six-credit online course.


"Prince George’s Community College."  Programs That Work: Models and Methods for Writing Across the Curriculum. Eds. Toby Fulwiler and Arthur Young.  Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook, l990.  [Coauthor with several others]


"The Epistemological Style of Ford's The Good Soldier."  Language and Style  8  (1975):  34-46.

"The Structural Unity of 'Spelt from Sibyl's Leaves.'" Renascence  23  (1971):  213-19.

"An Artistic Flaw in Heart of Darkness."  Conradiana  1 (1969):  73-80.


OTHER EXPERIENCE AND RECOGNITION
 

 

EDUCATION

1965-1976   Doctoral candidate, English Department, University of Maryland. All but dissertation; courses and comprehensive  exams successfully completed.

1963            M.A. English, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
1960            B.A. Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA