Student gets essay published in book to be released this summer | Texas A & M-San Antonio University


The Texas A&M University-San Antonio English program saw one of its students published in a book by a well-known author in composition studies.

“The Causes of San Antonio Nursing Burnout – And Some Possible Solutions” by kinesiology junior Eli Vale can be found in Andrea Lunsford’s latest book, “Let’s Talk: A Pocket Rhetoric,” forthcoming 30 July 2021.

Vale, a rehabilitation aide at a San Antonio hospital, was a student of Professor Sarah Dwyer in her English class 1302, Composition II during the spring semester of 2019, where he wrote his essay to recognize the importance of workers of health. The essay was written before COVID-19, so it revised its work to incorporate the perspective of the pandemic from the perspective of healthcare workers.

“Andrea Lunsford is like a big name in composition studies; she’s like a superstar, so that’s a really big deal, ”said Dr. Ann Bliss, department director of the College of Arts and Sciences at A&M-San Antonio. “Having a student essay published in a textbook written by one of the top researchers in the field is super cool.”

Vale submitted his article for the Norton Writer’s Prize scholarship. Although he did not get the scholarship, they appreciated his article to be published in the book.

Lunsford is currently Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor of English at Stanford University. She has written or co-authored 19 books, including “Let’s Talk About It,” which is a student manual for writers covering a variety of topics.

“This is dedicated to my fellow healthcare workers who have served throughout this pandemic,” Vale said in a Facebook post. “Especially the nurses who have always been and continue to be the backbone of health care.”

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