Humanities Undergraduate STC Senior Portfolios

Portfolio Process

Spring 2014

I. STC SENIOR PORTFOLIO
 

What is the senior portfolio?

The senior portfolio is a compilation of the written, visual, digital, and design work that represents you as a professional communicator. Print or digital portfolios are required.

Who is my audience?

The primary audience is the program’s faculty and advisory board members. The secondary audiences consist of potential employers or graduate school admissions officers, as well as future STC majors.

What is my purpose?

Your purpose is to demonstrate who you are as a professional communicator.

When and where is it due?

Senior portfolios are due at the time of your portfolio presentation.

Can I get my portfolio back?

Yes. You can pick up your portfolio from the Humanities department office following the semester you graduate or donate it to the department archives.  If you want your portfolio mailed to you, you must leave a mailing package with postage in the Humanities department office. The portfolio will be kept in the department for a semester.

What if I don’t complete a portfolio?

Your diploma and transcripts will remain in the Registrar’s office until the program advises the Registrar that you have completed this requirement. This means you will not graduate until you submit the portfolio and the STC committee has accepted it.

II. STC/A SENIOR PORTFOLIO TRANSMITTAL LETTER
 

What is the transmittal letter?

This formal letter explains the purpose of your portfolio, justifies your decision to use print or digital form, summarizes key points about your work, and thanks those who have assisted you.

Who is my audience?

The primary audience is the program’s faculty and advisory board members. The secondary audiences consist of potential employers or graduate school admissions officers.

To whom do I address the letter?

Address the letter to the STC committee.

Where does the letter go?

Place the letter immediately after your portfolio title page.

III. STC PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY
 

What is the professional development history?

The professional development history is a 750-1000 word description of your growth as a professional communicator. You may draw on experiences in classes, co-ops, the STC Student Organization, the Professional Communication Enterprise, jobs, and internships, among others, to chronicle key moments of your development.

Who is my audience?

Your audience is the STC committee.

Where does the professional development history go?

Place the history in a manila folder, separate from the portfolio.

IV. STC/STA SENIOR PRESENTATION
 

What is the senior presentation?

The senior oral presentation is a recorded 20-30 minute public presentation of your professional identity as it is documented in your work.

Who is my audience?

You will present to the STC committee and interested faculty, students, and the general public. Your audience will draw from the STC faculty and advisory board members.

What is my purpose?

Your purpose is to demonstrate who you are as a professional communicator. The portfolio is not the subject of your presentation as much as it may provide a means for you to represent your professional identity.  

Your purpose is not to walk through your portfolio, page by page, but to demonstrate how it showcases your best work and your expertise as a professional communicator. You may use your portfolio, electronic projection, posters, overhead transparencies, or other means you believe appropriate to accomplish this purpose.

Why is my presentation archived?

The presentation is archived to provide the STC committee with a demonstration of each graduating student’s oral competencies. More importantly, your recording can provide you with an example of your presentation skills for potential employers or graduate school admissions committees. The program will provide recording equipment.

Where are the presentations?

Generally, the Petersen Library is reserved for these presentations. It offers Internet access. If you prefer, you may reserve other facilities in Walker instead. Contact the Humanities department office at least two weeks in advance of your presentation to schedule a room.

How do I prepare?

Practice before you present. Be prepared for questions. Dress in business casual. Be familiar with the room and the equipment you’ll use. Plan an alternative format for your presentation in case technology fails.

What do I bring?

Bring your portfolio and professional development history.

Will I be graded?

You will be evaluated, although you will not receive a formal letter grade.  If, however, the STC committee agrees that your portfolio needs revision, you must revise it in order to complete the requirement.

How and when do I sign up?

A sign-up list will be posted on Google docs. You are encouraged to sign-up for your presentation early.

What if I don’t complete a presentation?

Your diploma and transcripts will remain in the Registrar’s office until the program advises the Registrar that you have completed this requirement. This means you will not graduate until you complete the presentation.   

Digital Portfolio Requirements

Spring 2014

Spring 2014 STC senior digital portfolios may be built using frameworks, platforms, or templates.

If you choose this option, you must include an explanation of the rationale for your digital portfolio, as well as appropriate attributions.

Specifically, you should respond to the following prompts:

  1. Identify the framework(s), platform(s), or template(s) you used to create your website.
  2. Explain why you chose this particular framework, platform, or template.
  3. Identify specifically what you coded yourself and what code you borrowed or built on.

Print Portfolio Requirements

Spring 2014

STC/STA SENIOR PORTFOLIO RUBRIC: EXEMPLARY

 
Professional Appearance
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  •  VISUAL CONSISTENCY—rhetorically compelling typeface and labels carrying through all portfolio sections, unifying them consistently
  • PROFESSIONAL PACKAGING—ideally suited for the work and position being sought
Organization
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  • TITLE PAGE—containing a title; the student’s name; major, minors, and/or certificates; a contact phone number; an address; an email address, and an expected date of graduation
  • TRANSMITTAL LETTER—showcasing the professional nature of the Portfolio contents and demonstrating sensitivity to the needs of its multiple audiences
  • ARRANGEMENT—illustrating the ability to anticipate users’ needs for easy access and usability
Content
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  • BRIEF INTRODUCTIONS—demonstrating a keen awareness of rhetorical principles
  • A SCIENTIFIC OR TECHNICAL HARD COPY DOCUMENT—foregrounding analysis appropriate to audience and purpose, a lucid and refined style, and distinctive composition and design
  • AN ELECTRONIC OR VIDEO PRODUCTION—demonstrating a command of the media and insightful understanding of how to use it to meet users’ needs.
  • A WRITTEN DOCUMENT—foregrounding analysis appropriate to audience and purpose, a lucid and refined style, and distinctive composition and design
  • A WRITTEN DOCUMENT, OR ELECTRONIC, OR VIDEO PRODUCTION SELECTED BY THE STUDENT—demonstrating particular abilities, interests, or expertise in ways that make them useful and engaging for the users
  • AN ORAL PRESENTATION—establishing the ability to convey rhetorical sensitivities and professional competencies as well as to respond to audience questions and needs spontaneously