Joe Schall

After 20 years, Joe Schall has left his position as the Giles Writer-in-Residence and Writing Tutor in Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences to pursue another professional opportunity. Joe no longer works with students and faculty directly, but serves them through his publications, detailed below. All EMS Writing Center business is now handled by Kimberly Del Bright (kdb9@psu.edu), whose webpage is located at http://www.personal.psu.edu/kdb9/blogs/giles_writer-in-residence/

 

Joe Schall’s Publications

Style for Students Online is a popular writing handbook, covering everything from comma usage to figures and tables to resumes. The book is no longer in print but is now available online for free through Penn State’s e-Education Institute. View and download Style for Students Online here.

 

Writing Personal Statements Online is used by students across the country as they apply to graduate school or compete for national scholarships. The book has chapters on weighing the grad school decision and generating detail and style for personal essays, and it includes plenty of sample documents. The book is no longer in print but is now available online for free through Penn State’s e-Education Institute. View and download Writing Personal Statements Online here.

 

Writing Recommendation Letters Online is the only handbook available on the subject specifically for university faculty. It includes chapters on ethical issues related to letter writing, offers plenty of material on generating detail, and includes about 30 sample letters. The book is no longer in print but is now available online for free through Penn State’s e-Education Institute. View and download Writing Recommendation Letters Online here.

 

Joe Schall’s Other Interests

In addition to writing, Joe Schall also enjoys biking, cross-country skiing, and—most importantly—pinball. He enjoys buying, selling, trading, and restoring pinball machines, and he currently owns the machines Black Knight 2000, Space Jam, and Creature from the Black Lagoon. Joe is also a regular participant in a national pinball tournament in Pittsburgh, and you can find out more about the tournament (and check out his tournament high scores) at http://www.papa.org/index.php.