Research

Here are brief overviews of my current research projects:

    1. “Techno-Ecologies and Professional Development: Profiles from CCCC Certificate of Writing Excellence Awardees”: After being awarded a 2017-2018 CCCC Emergent Researcher Award, my co-researchers (Dr. Stacy Kastner and Dr. Alison Witte) and I visited 6 universities to gather data about how their award-winning writing programs and the institutions within which they are situated prepare and provide ongoing support for instructors in writing programs that teach digital writing. We are currently working with the WAC Clearinghouse to publish a digital resource that includes materials for WPAs and faculty teaching digital writing. We are also writing a chapter titled “Looking beyond the Writing Program: Institutional Allies to Support Professional Development in the Teaching of Digital Writing,” which will be included in the forthcoming edited collection, Professionalizing Multimodal Composition. This work is part of a longer-term research project that began in 2012. We previously published our findings from a pilot survey that directors at 41 Rhetoric and Writing PhD programs responded to. We also revised our original survey and conducted interviews with the folks who worked on the CCCC Statement on Preparing Teachers of College Writing. We have presented various parts of this project at the Thomas R. Watson Conference and the Conference on College Composition and Communication.
    2. My co-editors and I have completed our edited collection Feminist Connections: Rhetoric and Activism across Time, Space, and Place, which will be published by the University of Alabama Press in September 2020 (http://www.uapress.ua.edu/product/Feminist-Connections,7484.aspx). Taking a non-chronological approach to the study of feminist rhetoric, Feminist Connections introduces Rhetorical Transversal Methodology (RTM). RTM destabilizes traditional understandings of rhetorical practices that are bound to linear conceptions of time, fixed ideas about space, and a privileging of content and media by directing scholars to study feminist rhetoric not as a series of unconnected, seemingly contradictory rhetorical acts but as rhetorical acts whose similarities are hidden by the normally central aspects of time, content, and media. Contributors to this volume use RTM in order to illustrate that in the ever-shifting landscape of feminisms, the rhetorical practices feminists use remain surprisingly consistent despite the emergence of new forms of media and a move toward intersectional feminism. By placing the seemingly disparate into conversation, the essays collected here look for connections, patterns, and repetitions that contribute to an increased understanding of feminist rhetoric and activist movements.
    3. Along with Dr. Emily Goodman, I have co-facilitated the Liberal Arts+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon at Transylvania University for the past four years. We have an article under review that discusses the pedagogical uses of such an event.

To view older work, you can also click on the “Dissertation” tab to read an abstract of my dissertation and to view related texts presented to BGSU’s Rhetoric and Writing program.

Upcoming events:

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Recent events:

Panelist. “Seeking Feminist Connections with Rhetorical Transversal Methodology.” Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference. James Madison University. Harrisonburg, VA. November 2019.

Panelist. “Profiling Digital Writing Assignments and Professional Development in CCCC
Writing Program Certificate of Excellence Awardees.” Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). Pittsburgh, PA. March 2019.

Panelist. “Making the Familiar Matter: Mapping Technology Ecologies as a Method for Making Everyday Structures and Relationships Visible.” Thomas R. Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition. University of Louisville. Louisville, KY. October 2018.

Panelist. “Administration without Tenure: A Roundtable Discussion on Institutional Positioning and Strategy.” CCCC. Kansas City, MO. March 2018.

Panelist. “Feminist​ ​Connections:​ ​Rhetorical​ ​Strategies​ ​from​ ​the​ ​Suffragists​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Cyberfeminists.” Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference. Dayton, OH. October 2017.

Recent publications:

“Study Title: Community-Sponsored Literate Activity and Technofeminism: Ethnographic Inquiry of Feministing.” Research Exchange 1. REx: The Research Exchange Index: A Peer-Reviewed Cumulative Database of International Writing Research. Web. 2016.

“Study Title: ‘In Dark Corners Only’: Technology Instruction and Teacher Preparation in Rhet/Comp PhD Programs.” Research Exchange 1. REx: The Research Exchange Index: A Peer-Reviewed Cumulative Database of International Writing Research. Web. 2016.

Selected previous publications:

“Writing Teachers for Twenty-First Century Writers: A Gap in Graduate Education.” Co-authors Stacy Kastner and Alison Witte. Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture. 15.1 (Jan. 2015): 45-57. Print.

Rev. of Literate Zeal: Gender and the Making of a New Yorker Ethos by Janet Carey Eldred. Composition Studies 41.1 (Spring 2013): 137-40. Print.

Rev. of Rhetorica in Motion: Feminist Rhetorical Methods and Methodologies by Eileen Schell and K.J. Rawson. Co-authors Em Hurford, Stacy KastnerJeff KirchoffLee Nickoson, and Kate Spike. Feminist Teacher 22.2 (2012): 160-62. Print.

“Cyberfeminists at Play: Lessons on Literacy and Activism from a Girls’ Computer Camp.” Co-authors Kristine BlairKatherine Fredlund, Em Hurford, Stacy Kastner, and Alison WitteFeminist Teacher 22.1 (2011): 43-59.

Contact Info

Office: 210 MFA
Winter 2018 Office Hours
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Th: 4:15-5:15 pm
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"I like to see feminist theory as a reinvented coyote discourse obligated to its sources in many heterogenous accounts of the world."
-- Donna Haraway
“Education must begin with the solution of the teacher-student contradiction, by reconciling the poles of the contradiction so that both are simultaneously students and teachers.”
-- Paulo Freire
"Writing is feminist machinery, and play is one of its gears."
-- Laura Micciche