Research

CURRENT PROJECTS

Is Teaching ‘Just’ a List? Teacher-Research on Equity as a Framework for New College Writing Teachers’ Identity Learning

  • Teacher-research study of 2-week orientation and 15-week graduate-level teaching composition course for new graduate student writing instructors
  • Foregrounding issues of educational equity and social justice in the enculturation of new college writing teachers
  • Pilot study currently in its first phase

Stories at Work: A Longitudinal Narrative Study of New College Writing Teachers’ Identity Learning

  • Artifact-based interview study eliciting stories of teaching and learning from new college writing teachers during the early years of their professional teaching careers
  • Continuing longitudinal study currently in its fourth year of data collection and analysis
  • Emerging emphasis on the role of students in mediating evolving teaching identities and a disciplinary need for additional newcomer support in situated teacher talk about rhetoric and writing in the writing classroom  

Radiant Figures: Visual Rhetorics in Everyday Administrative Contexts

  • Edited collection for digital publication with co- editors Derek Mueller and Logan Bearden
  • Making visible the visual rhetorical work and artifacts of everyday writing program administration
  • Current call for proposals open until October 31, 2018; full CFP and proposal submission details available online at https://tinyurl.com/radiantfigures

PAST PROJECTS

Dissertation: “Stories at Work: Restorying Narratives of New Teachers’ Identity Learning in Writing Studies” (May 2018)

  • Year-long interview study eliciting new graduate student teachers’ stories of teaching and learning to trace their professional identity learning and development over time
  • Relying on feminist methodologies and theories of narrative, learning, and identity from writing studies, education, psychology, and anthropology
  • Committee: Mary P. Sheridan (chair), Dr. Brenda Jo Brueggemann, Dr. Bronwyn T. Williams, Dr. Tatjana Soldat-Jaffe, Dr. Jessica R. Restaino

Nothing about Me without Me, 2016-17

  • Workshop participant: recorded and assisted during free art and digital media workshops with adults and children with developmental disabilities in Kentucky
  • Team leader: collaborated on video production and viewing for Louisville Council on Developmental Disabilities, supported by Louisville Metro Government and Metro United Way

Art as Memory, 2014-15

Digital Media Academy, 2014

  • Camp designer and teacher: designed curriculum for digital media summer camp; taught middle school girls digital image manipulation, video editing, and collaborative digital text creation and presentation
  • Collaborative researcher: participated in collaborative graduate research project resulting in online publication

Web site

UofL Today article about graduate student teachers, July 11, 2014

UofL Today video with camper interviews, July 10, 2014:

Louisville Courier-Journal article & video with campers, June 23, 2014:

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WFPL article on Louisville & women in STEM, June 20, 2014

UofL Today article about summer camp, June 9, 2014

PUBLICATIONS

Peer-Reviewed

“The Figured Worlds of Digital Mediation in Schools.” Writing for Engagement: Responsive Practice for Social ActionEd. Mary P. Sheridan, Megan J. Bardolph, Megan Faver Hartline, and Drew Holladay. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2018. 29-42. Print.

Review Essay: No Day at the Beach: Women ‘Making It’ in Academia.” With Brenda Jo Brueggemann. College English 79.3 (2017): 297-316. Print.

“How Might We Make Mobility Work for Writing Studies?” With Mary P. Sheridan. (Response) Working Paper Series on Mobility Work in Composition: Translation, Migration, Transformation. Louisville: Thomas R. Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition, October 2016. Web.

Mess, Not Mastery: Encouraging Digital Design Dispositions in Girls.” With Elizabeth Chamberlain and Megan Faver Hartline. Computers & Composition Online (Fall 2015). Web.

ClarissaBlogs: Narrative, Writing, and the Self.” With Debra Journet, Anthony O’Keeffe, Stephen Cohen, Megan Hartline, Keri Mathis, Kendra Sheehan, and Jessica Winck. Kairos 19.2 (Spring 2015). Web.

Responsivity as a Stance.” JAC 34.1-2 (2014): 199-208. Print.

Under review

“Putting Learning First: Challenges and Possibilities for New Writing Teacher Research.” Not Nearly All in a Row: Liminality and Variation in the Composition and Rhetoric TAship. Accepted by editors; under review with Utah State University Press.

“Making Mobility Work for Writing Studies.” With Mary P. Sheridan. Mobility Work in Composition. Accepted by editors; under review with Utah State University Press.

Other publications

Passageways and Betweenity: A Brenda Jo Brueggemann Retrospective,” by Elizabeth Brewer and Lauren E. Obermark, with contributions from Brenda Jo Brueggemann, Patricia Dunn, Rachel Gramer, Chad Iwertz, Christopher Krentz, Ryann Patrus, Margaret Price, Katherine Sherwood, Eddie Singleton, and Shannon Walters. Composition Forum 39 Special Issue: Composition in the Presence of Disability (Summer 2018). Web.

Lingering Questions: The Delay of Free Two-Year College Tuition in KY,” with Laura Matravers and Mary P. Sheridan. Policy Analysis Initiative. National Council of Teachers of English, 16 June 2016. Web.

Supporting Diverse Students on Campus, Post-College Readiness,” with Khirsten L. Echols and Mary P. Sheridan. Policy Analysis Initiative. National Council of Teachers of English, 22 Mar. 2016. Web.

Higher Education Support for Latin@ Students in Kentucky,” with Sara P. Alvarez and Mary P. Sheridan. Policy Analysis Initiative. National Council of Teachers of English, 18 Mar. 2016. Web.

Higher Ed in KY Faces Budget Cuts, Outcomes-Based Funding,” with Mary P. Sheridan. Policy Analysis Initiative.National Council of Teachers of English, 22 Feb. 2016. Web.

Kentucky Two-Year College Funding,” with Mary P. Sheridan. Policy Analysis Initiative. National Council of Teachers of English, 8 Nov. 2015. Web.

Kentucky Appoints Stephen Pruitt as New Education Commissioner,” with Mary P. Sheridan. Policy Analysis Initiative. National Council of Teachers of English, 14 Oct. 2015. Web.

Gap in Higher Ed Funding Legislation in Kentucky,” with Mary P. Sheridan. Policy Analysis Initiative. National Council of Teachers of English, 6 May 2015. Web.

Kentucky’s CPE/Commonwealth College Collaboration,” with Mary P. Sheridan. Policy Analysis Initiative. National Council of Teachers of English, 10 Feb. 2015. Web.

The State of Funding in Kentucky,” with Mary P. Sheridan. Policy Analysis Initiative. National Council of Teachers of English, 10 Feb. 2015. Web.

Poetry

“Bilingual.” Our Time Is Now 1.2 (June 2003). Print.

“Across the Sabula Bridge” and “No Such Thing as Atlanta.” Brushing, Rollins College Literary Magazine (2000). Print.