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Composition and Cultural Rhetoric

CCR Alumni

Mike Lasley—2017

Mike Lasley

Lecturer, Santa Clara University.

PhD, Syracuse University, 2017; MA, Literature, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; BS, Biology, Harding University. 

Dissertation: The Post-Neoliberal Citizen: Immigrant Identity as the new Service Learning Center

Tessa Brown—2017

Tessa Brown

Lecturer, Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stanford University 

PhD, Syracuse University, 2017; MFA, Creative Writing, University of Michigan; BA, Religion and Creative Writing, Princeton University.

Dissertation Title: SCHOOLED: Hiphop Composition at the Primarily White University


LaToya Sawyer—2017

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Assistant Professor of English Department at St. John's University.

PhD, Syracuse University, 2017; MA, Magazine, Newspaper, and Online Journalism, Syracuse University; BA, English, Hartwick College

Dissertation Title: 'Don’t Try and Play Me Out’:The Performances and Possibilities of Digital Black Womanhood.


Jason Luther—2017

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Assistant Professor of Writing Arts at Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ.

PhD, Syracuse University, 2017; MA, English, University of Nevada, Reno; BA, English Education and BS, Communication, SUNY Fredonia

Dissertation Title: DIY Delivery Systems: The Extracurriculum in the Age of Neoliberalism


Romeo Garcia—2017

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Assistant Professor, Department of Writing and Rhetoric Studies, University of Utah. 

PhD, Syracuse University, 2017; MA, English (Rhetoric and Composition), Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi; BA, English, Texas A&M.

Dissertation Title: On the Cusp of Invisibility: The Lower Rio Grande Valley, Marginalized Students, and Institutional Spaces


Jessica Pauszek—2017

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Assistant Professor, Director of Writing, Texas A&M University-Commerce.

PhD, Syracuse University, 2017; MA, English, Northeastern University; BA, English and French, Stetson University.

Dissertation Title: Literacy and Labor: Archives, Networks, and Histories in Working-Class Communities


Lindsey Banister—2017

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Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of the Writing Center, Frances Marion University.

PhD, Syracuse University, 2017; MA, Rhetoric and Writing Studies, with a specialization in the teaching of rhetoric, San Diego State University; BA, Writing and Rhetoric, Pepperdine.

Dissertation Title: Sporting Bodies: The Rhetorics of Female Athletes


Avi Luce—2017

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Professional Writing Instructor, Syracuse University.

PhD, Syracuse University, 2017; MA, Missouri State University; BA, Missouri State University

Dissertation Title: Exploring “Gezi ruhu” Activism: Seriality and the Rhetorical Study of 21st Century Protest


Nicole Gonzales Howell—2016

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Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Language at the University of San Francisco.

PhD, Syracuse University, 2016; MA, California State University, Fresno; BA, University of Southern California

Dissertation Title: La Pasionera:  The Ethos of a Leader

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Reva Sias—2016

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Assistant Professor in Rhetoric and Composition with an emphasis in Ethnic Rhetorics and Literacy Studies,  California State University-Fresno


PhD, Syracuse University, 2016; MA, English with a specialization in Composition, University of Central Oklahoma; BA, Psychology, University of Oklahoma.


Dissertation Title: Antebellum Rhetorical Eduction at Myrtilla Miner’s School for Colored Girls: Cultural Rhetoric and Epistolary Writing at the First African American Normal School


Kathryn Navickas—2016

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Director of the Walk in Services of the Knight Institute of Writing in the Disciplines at Cornell University


PhD, Syracuse University, 2016; MA, English with a concentration in Rhetoric and Composition, Binghamton University; BA, English and Music Performance, SUNY Fredonia


Dissertation Title: The Epistemologies They Carry: An Investigation of Feminist Writing Assignments


Michael Frasciello— 2015

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Director of Online Learning, Syracuse University College of Engineering and Computer Science.


PhD, Syracuse University, 2015; MPC, Writing and Editing, Westminster College; BS, Politics and Government, University of Maryland University College.


Dissertation Title: Embedded Technical Communication Instruction: Understanding High-Context Writing in a Pre-Professional Engineering Program


Kurt Stavenhagen—2015

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Interim Writing Program Director, SUNY-ESF. Professional Writing Instructor, Syracuse University.


PhD, Syracuse University, 2015; M.A., English, La Sierra University, 1997.


Dissertation Title: Whose Honey, Whose Hive?: Genre and Rhetorical Agency in the US Colony Collapse Disorder.


Rachael Shapiro—2015

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Assistant Professor of Writing Arts at Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ.


PhD, Syracuse University, 2015; MA in English with a concentration in Rhetoric and Composition, Washington State University; BAs in Literature and Philosophy, SUNY Plattsburgh.


Dissertation Title: Geopolitics of Digital Literacies: Accounting for Myths and Realities.


Anna Hensley—2015

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Assistant Professor of English, with a Rhetoric/Composition emphasis, at University of Cincinnati, Blue Ash College.


PhD, Syracuse University, 2015; MA from Miami University of Ohio; BA from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.


Dissertation Title: The Terror Within: Neoliberalism and the Rhetoric of the "Obesity Crisis"


Seth Long—2015

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Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric position at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.


PhD, Syracuse University, 2015; MA, English, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; BA, Screenwriting, Chapman University.


Dissertation Title: Visualizing Words and Knowledge: Arts of Memory from the Agora to the Computer


Allison Hitt—2015

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Assistant Professor of Writing at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, AR.


PhD, Syracuse University, 2015; MA, West Virginia University; BA, Hollins University.


Dissertation Title: From Accommodations to Accessibility: How Rhetorics of Overcoming Manifest in Writing Pedagogies.


Ben Kuebrich—2015

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Assistant Professor of English, West Chester University of Pennsylvania.


PhD, Syracuse University, 2015; MA, Miami University; BA, Illinois State University


Dissertation Title: Against Making a Difference: Community Publishing, Organizing, and Power.


Missy Watson—2014

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Assistant Professor of Composition and Rhetoric of English at City University of New York.

PhD, Syracuse University, 2014; MA, Rhetoric and Writing Studies; BA in English, San Diego State University

Dissertation Title: Writing and the Internationalization of U.S. Higher Education: The Roles of Ideology, Administration, and the Institution. 


Tim Dougherty—2014

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Assistant Professor of English with a specialization in Writing Studies and Rhetorical Theory at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

PhD, Syracuse University, 2014; MA in Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Communication from University of Minnesota; BA in English from Penn State.

Dissertation Title: Making Fenians: The Transnational Constitutive Rhetoric of Revolutionary Irish Nationalism, 1858-1876.

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Santosh Khadka—2014

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Assistant Professor of English at California State University Northridge

PhD, Syracuse University, 2014; MA in English Studies from Pokhara University, and BA in English, Population Studies, and Journalism from Tribhuvan University, Nepal.

Dissertation Title: New Media, Multiliteracies, and the Globalized Classroom

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Brian Bailie—2014

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Assistant Professor of English in the Department of English and Communication at University of Cincinnati, Blue Ash College

PhD, Syracuse University, 2014; MA in English Composition, California State University, San Bernardino. BA in English, California State University, San Bernardino.

Dissertation Title: Seattle, Rhetorical Velocity, Identity Shift, Transnational Politics and Materiality: Watching Rhetoric Bleed

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TJ Geiger—2013

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Assistant Professor of English, Baylor University

PhD, Syracuse University, 2013; M.A., English, Texas Woman’s University, 2007; Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Women’s Studies, Texas Woman’s University, 2008; B.A., English and History, Lamar University, 2005.

Dissertation Title: A New Field of Dreams: A Study of the Writing Major

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Justin Lewis—2013

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Assistant Professor of Technical Communication and Rhetoric in the English Department, Virginia Tech.

PhD, Syracuse University, 2013; MA, English (Rhetoric & Composition emphasis), University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; BA, Comparative Literature, University of Georgia.

Dissertation Title: The Piratical Ethos: Textual Activity and Intellectual Property in Digital Environments

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Candace Epps-Robertson—2013

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Assistant Professor, Department of English, Old Dominion University.

PhD, Syracuse University, 2013; MA, Virginia Commonwealth University, English with a concentration in Composition and Rhetoric; BA, Virginia Commonwealth University, English and Religions Studies.

Dissertation Title: "We're Still Here": The Rhetorical Education of the Prince Edward County Free School Association, 1963-1964


Chris Geyer—2013

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Associate Professor and Director of Academic Writing, Cazenovia College, Cazenovia, NY.

PhD, Syracuse University, 2013; M.A., English, Syracuse University, 2004; B.A, University of Washington.

Research Interests: Online learning, Victorian studies, rhetorics of jurisprudence, globalization, political economy.

Dissertation Title: (re)constructing a Landmark: A Rhetorical Analysis of Brown v. Board of Education at Fifty

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Laura Davies—2012

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Assistant Professor of English and Director of Campus Writing Programs at SUNY Cortland

PhD, Syracuse University, 2012. MAT, University of New Hampshire; BA, Le Moyne College.

Research Interests: Writing program administration, professional writing, plagiarism and intellectual property, design and new media studies, service learning pedagogy, intersections between K-12 and university-level writing pedagogy

Dissertation Title: Lightning in a Bottle: A History of the Syracuse Writing Program, 1986-1996


Jonna Gilfus—2012

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Senior Lecturer, Writing Program, Coordinator and Instructor for School of Education and Project Advance, Syracuse University.

PhD, Syracuse University, 2012. M.S., Affective Education, Concentration in Composition, SUNY Oswego, 1990.

Research Interests: Academic literacy, affect, composition pedagogy, authorship and theories of teaching and learning.

Dissertation Title: Political Emotions: Toward a Fresh Perspective on Collective Emotion in Composition Work


Dianna Winslow—2012

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Assistant Professor & Director of First-Year Writing at Rochester Institute of Technology

PhD, Syracuse University, 2012. M.A., Language and Literacy, California State University, Chico, 2004; B.A., English and Theatre, California State University, Chico, 2001.

Research Interests: interdisciplinary approaches to writing and research; community engagement models and the ethics of service; situated and community literacies, particularly where rural, food, farm, and environmental rhetorics converge; scholarship and teaching for social change; and the rhetorics of social movements.

Dissertation Title: Food for Thought: Sustainability, Community-Engaged Teaching and Research, and Critical Food Literacy.


Jonathan Benda—2011

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Lecturer, English Department at Northeastern University.

PhD, Syracuse University, 2011. M.A., English, Ohio University, 1992. B.A., English, Messiah College, 1990.

Research Interests: Cultural rhetorics, ESL/EFL, rhetorical history, second-language writing, Taiwan studies.

Dissertation Title: 'The Future of Asia': The Oberlin Shansi Memorial Association, Tunghai University, and the Rhetorics of Intercultural Exchange, 1955-1979.


Zosha Stuckey—2011

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Assistant Professor of English, Towson University.

PhD, Syracuse University, 2011. M.S. Professional Writing, Towson University, Baltimore, 2006.

Research Interests: History of Rhetoric, Disability Rhetorics, Disability Studies, Feminist Rhetorics, New Media, Service Learning & Community Engagement, Professional Writing

Dissertation Title: 'Friction in our Machinery': Rhetorical Education at the New York State Asylum at Syracuse, 1854-1884.


Madeline Yonker—2011

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Assistant Professor of Composition and Rhetoric, York College of Pennsylvania, York PA

PhD, Syracuse University, 2011. MA, English--Professional Writing, Old Dominion University, 2001; BA, English, Norfolk State University, 1999.

Research Interests: Technology and rhetoric, social and new media, teaching and technology.

Dissertation Title: The Rhetoric of Mom Blogs: A Study of Mothering Made Public


Tamika L. Carey—2010

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Assistant Professor of English, State University of New York at Albany

PhD, Syracuse University, 2010. MA, English with a concentration in Writing and Rhetoric, Virginia Commonwealth University 2003; B.A. in English with a minor in Writing, 2000.

Research Interests: African American Rhetorics and Literacies, Black Feminist Rhetorics, Theories and Pedagogies, Contemporary Rhetorical Theory, Multicultural Composition Pedagogy, Popular Culture, and First Year Writing.

Dissertation Title: Vision, Voice, and Rhetorics of Healing: Towards a Black Feminist Rhetorical Analysis


Robert Danberg—2010

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Visiting Assistant Professor, SUNY Binghamton.

PhD, Syracuse University, 2010. MA, English, University of Minnesota at Minneapolis; MFA, Poetry, Sarah Lawrence College.

Research Interests: The development of the process model in composition, contemporary theories of cognition and teacher development.

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Laurie Gries—2010

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Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Communication and the Program of Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Colorado Boulder.

PhD, Syracuse University, 2010. M.A. in English with emphasis in English Education; B.A. in English with emphasis in Creative Writing, The University of Montana

Research Interests: Visual/Material Rhetorics. Cross-Cultural Rhetorics, Historiography, Rhetorical Methodologies, Rhetorical Theory, Composition Studies. New Media Literacies, Digital Humanities.

Dissertation Title: Still Life with Rhetoric: Toward a Consequentialist Methodology of Material Rhetorics


KJ Rawson—2010

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Assistant Professor at College of the Holy Cross

PhD, Syracuse University, 2010. M.A., English, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2005. B.A., English, Cornell University, 2003.

Research Interests: queer and feminist rhetorics, silence and listening, historiography, critical theory, and alternative pedagogies.

Dissertation Title: Archiving Transgender: Affects, Logics, and the Power of Queer History


Tanya Rodrigue—2010

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Assistant Professor, English Department, Salem State University
PhD, Syracuse University, 2010. M.A,in English with a Concentration in Composition, University of Massachusetts, Boston, 2005; B.A., English, University of Vermont, 2001.
Research Interests: composition history, philosophy, theory and pedagogy; the relationship between langague and identity; trauma studies; visual rhetorics; memory studies; feminist rhetorics.
Dissertation Title: Listening Across the Curriculum: TA Preparation in the Teaching of Writing


Tricia Serviss—2010

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Assistant Professor, Santa Clara University
PhD, Syracuse University, 2010, M.A., English, Loyola Marymount University, 2005. B.A., English and Anthropology, University of San Diego, 2001.
Research Interests: Writing assessment, literacy, intersections of rhetoric and literacy, history of research methods, teacher training, Chicana rhetorics, educational policy, and composition theory and history.
Dissertation Title: Activists, Immigrant, Citizens: Grounding Rhetorical Conceptions of Literacy


Tyra Twomey—2010

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PhD, Syracuse University, 2010. M.A., English, Virginia Tech, 2003. B.A., English, James Madison University, 1996.
Research Interests: Composition theory, imitation/modeling as practical classroom applications, student- and skill-based learning, style and form in composition.
Dissertation Title: Locating and Enacting Writerly Authority in First-Year Composition: A Textual Study of Influence and Evidence.


Gale Coskan-Johnson—2009

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Associate Professor, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.
PhD, Syracuse University, 2009. M.A. Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL), Northern Arizona University, 1996. B.A. History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1990.
Research Interests: Discourses of the border, the nation, immigration, and globalization; transnational feminism; ancient rhetoric and its modern reception; rhetorical theory; historiography; second language writing; and critical pedagogies.
Dissertation Title: Borders and Bodies: Rhetoric(s) on the Threshold of Transnational (Re)Production

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Derek Mueller—2009

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Associate Professor, Eastern Michigan University.
PhD, Syracuse University, 2009. M.A., Missouri-Kansas City, 2000. B.A., Park, 1996.
Research Interests: Computers and writing, weblogs, critical geography and space, social networks, information science, mobile technologies, close reading and discourse analysis, distance education and labor, and new media.
Dissertation Title: Clouds, Graphs, and Maps: Distant Reading and Disciplinary Imagination


Heather Shearer—2009

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Lecturer, University of California - Santa Cruz
PhD, Syracuse University, M.A. English (1999), Ohio University; B.A. English Literature (1997), Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Research Interests: Histories of rhetoric; Histories of technical communication; Theories of document usability.
Dissertation Title: Paths Reconsidered: Designing for Use by Designing for Activity


Kelly Concannon Mannise—2008

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Assistant Professor, Nova Southeastern University
PhD, Syracuse University, 2008. M.A., Writing, Illinois State University, 2003. B.A., English, Illinois State University, 2001. Research Interests: feminist critical pedagogy, composition theory and practice, modern rhetorical theory, feminist theory, and writing-to-learn practices.
Dissertation Title: Who Cares? Rendering Care Readable in the 21st Century Writing Classroom


Ruby Qin—2008

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Assistant Director at the Academic Success Center, University of South Florida.
Dissertation Title: Challenges in Source Use for Chinese Graduate Students in the United States

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Jennifer Wingard—2008

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Associate Professor, English, University of Houston ::  website
PhD, Syracuse University, 2008; M.A., English with a Certificate in Teaching Composition at the College Level, CSU Sacramento, 2002; B.A., English with an emphasis in Teaching English at the Secondary Level, CSU Sacramento, 2000
Branded Bodies, Rhetoric, and the Neoliberal Nation-State (Lexington Books 2013)
Research Interests: 20th Century Rhetorical Theory, Transnational Feminist Theory, Cultural Studies, and Materialist Theories of Teaching English in the Corporate Universit.
Dissertation Title: Figuring Others: Toward a Transnational Feminist Rhetorical Analytic


Susan M. Adams—2007

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Assistant Professor of Writing, Ithaca College
PhD, Syracuse University, 2007; M.A. (English), Western Washington University, 1999; M.A. (Theatre), Western Washington University, 1992; B.A. (Drama), Whitman College, 1986.
Research Interests: Literacy and Pedagogy; Non-Traditional Students; Nineteenth and Twentieth Century U.S. Rhetoric; Feminist Rhetorics and History; Queer Theory; Cultural Studies.
Dissertation Title: Rhetorical Performance: Inscription, Embodiment, and Resistance in the Work of 19th Century Actress/Writers


Damian Baca—2005

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Associate Professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures; University of Arizona
PhD, Syracuse University, 2005; M.A., Writing, Discourse, and Community, Northern Arizona University, 2000.
Research Interests: Rhetoric; cultural studies in latin america, the caribbean, and u.s. latinidad; global historiography; institutional labor politics; ancestral language preservation.
Dissertation Title: Border Insurrections: How IndoHispano Rhetorics Revise Dominant Narratives of Assimiliation


Tennyson O'Donnell—2005

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Assistant Professor, Director of the Allan K. Smith Center for Writing and Rhetoric; Trinity College :: website
PhD, Syracuse University, 2005; M.A. in English with emphasis in Composition, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 2000. B.A. English, Brigham Young University, Hawaii Campus, 1997.
Research Interests: Composition Theory and Pedagogy,Writing Center Theory and Administration, Literary Theory/Critical Theory, Discourse of Literacy and Social Change, Cultural Criticism, History of Rhetoric.
Dissertation Title: "Intertextuality and the Rhetorical Construction of Hawai'i: Examining Text and Context Relationships Through 'The Journals of M. Leopoldina Burns'


Mary Queen—2005

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Director of Academic Advising and Learning Support Services (AALSS); Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature.American University of Kuwait. Safat, Kuwait.
PhD, Syracuse University, 2005; M.A., University of Colorado - Denver, 1999; B.A., University of Colorado - Denver, 1994.
Research Interests: Feminist rhetorics; transnational social movements; digital technology studies; queer theory and pedagogy; composition theory and pedagogy; curriculum development; teacher training.
Dissertation Title: Technologies of Representation: Rhetorical Action in Transnational Feminist Encounters.


Joseph J. Williams—2005

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Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Writing; University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
PhD, Syracuse University, 2005; M.A., English, West Chester University, B.A., English/Theatre, Lehigh University.
Research Interests: Public sphere theories/public writing, social theories of discourse, writing and technology, Foucault.
Dissertation Title: User, Text, System: A Phenomenology of Publicness in the Digital Age

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Paul Bender—2004

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Associate Professor of Writing Studies; Roger Williams University, Bristol R.I.
PhD, Syracuse University, 2004; M.A., Western Illinois University, 1996.
Research Interests: Institutional Technology Policy, Teacher Training, Multi-Media Design.
Dissertation Title: Subversive Planning: Critical Administration of Technology In and Out of Writing Programs

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Paul Butler—2004

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Associate Professor, University of Houston, Houston, Texas
PhD, Syracuse University, 2004; J.D., M.A., University of Colorado at Boulder; M.A., Middlebury College; B.A., Colorado College.
Research Interests: Style, form, and imitation, language theory, composition history, theory, and pedagogy, second language acquisition, Bakhtin
Dissertation Title: Out of Style: A Retrospective and Prospective Look at Style in Composition Theory and Practice
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Amy E. Robillard—2004

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Professor of English; Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois.
PhD, Syracuse University, 2004; M.A., University of Massachusetts Boston, 1999; B.A., Clark University, 1994.
Research Interests: Authorship theories, feminist autiobiography, composition pedagogies, creative nonfiction, and working-class literacies
Dissertation Title: Reimagining Students' Writerly Authority: Co-Investigation and Representations of Student Writers in Composition Studies


Tracy Hamler Carrick—2003

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Director of Writing Walk-In Service, John S. Knight Institute for Writing, Cornell University
PhD, Syracuse University, 2003; M.A. in English with a Concentration in Composition, San Francisco State University, 1997.
Research Interests: Counter-hegemonic literacies, basic writing, radical pedagogy, social justice and education, writing program administration, institutional activism.
Dissertation Title: (A) Just Literacy


Tobi Jacobi—2003

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Associate Professor of Composition/Rhetoric and Director, Community Literacy Center, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.
PhD, Syracuse University, 2003; M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago, 1998.
Research Interests: Critical prison literacies, activist pedagogies, feminist theories and methodologies, writing theory, writing program administration, and community-based literacies.
Dissertation Title: Contaband Literacies: Incarcerated Women and Writing as Activism


Joddy Murray—2003

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Associate Professor of Rhetoric & New Media, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Texas Christian University :: website
PhD, Syracuse University, 2003; MFA, Poetry, Southwest Texas State University, 1999; M.Ed., Adult Education and Higher Learning, University of Oklahoma, 1995; B.S., United States Air Force Academy, 1990.
Research Interests: image studies, new media, multimodal/multimedia composing, language theory, rhetoric.
Dissertation Title: Imagining the Non-Discursive: Image and the Affective in Inventing and Composing
Publication: Non-Discursive Rhetoric: Image and Affect in Multimodal Composition (SUNY 2009)


Seth Kahn—2002

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Professor, West Chester University, West Chester, Pennsylvania.
PhD, Syracuse University, 2002; M.A., Florida State University, 1998. Dissertation: Grassroots Democracy in Process: Ethnographic Writing as Democratic Action
Research Interests: Teaching and scholarship as activism; qualitative research methodologies, particularly postmodern ethnography; ethnography as composition pedagogy; cultural studies theory and pedagogy; popular culture studies; history of punk.


David Franke—1999

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Associate Professor, Director of Professional Writing, State University of New York at Cortland, Cortland, NY
Ph.D. Syracuse University, 1999
Scholarly interests: rhetoric, composition, professional writing in composition, workplace literacies.
David Franke teaches at SUNY-Cortland, where he joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor in 1999. He teaches courses in academic writing, rhetoric, professional writing, grammar for teachers, writing as technology, literature, and other courses offered as part of the Professional Writing Major. Franke is co-founder of the Major in Professional Writing, which in 2001 will matriculate its first students into its advanced writing curriculum, and also co-founder of the Faculty Writing Group, a writing community of (mostly untenured) faculty at Cortland (http://dinosaur.cortland.edu/FWG/), which meets every other week to discuss writing in-progress. His publications include Poem: “Night Class.” In Writing on the Edge Spring/Fall 1999 &Fall/Winter 2000 and a co-authored book chapter with Patricia Lambert Stock, Amanda Brown, David Franke, John Starkweather entitled “The Scholarship of Teaching: Contributions from Contingent Faculty” in Moving a Mountain: Contingent Faculty in Composition Studies and Higher Education., Eileen E. Schell and Patricia Lambert Stock, eds. NCTE, 2000. Forthcoming are exercises and commentary in Strategies for Teaching First-Year Composition (NCTE 2002) and New Directions for Writers, Volume 1 and Volume 2, Addison Wesley Longman, and a book chapter: “A Short Course in Composition: Composition Teachers as Professional Writers” for Writing What We Teach, David Starkey, ed. Boynton/Cook, 2001.


Laura Gray-Rosendale—1997

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Professor, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
Ph.D, in Humanities/Composition and Cultural Rhetoric, Syracuse University, August 1997, Dissertation: A Different Politics of Difference: Exploring Alternatives in Teaching Basic Writers.
Scholarly interests: history of rhetoric, rhetorical and composition theory, cultural studies, gender studies, basic writing.
Laura Gray Rosendale is Associate Professor of English at Northern Arizona University where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in rhetoric, composition, visual studies, race and ethnicity research, gender theory, and autobiography. Laura is Director of a Summer Writing Program for first generation, economically disadvantaged, and/or minority students and has served as Chair of NAU’s Presidential Commission on the Status of Women. She is in the process of seeking promotion to full professor for 2008-2009. Along with over thirty published articles and chapters, Laura’s books include Rethinking Basic Writing, Alternative Rhetorics, Fractured Feminisms, Radical Relevance, and Pop Perspectives. Currently she is at work on a project for a broader audience that draws together memoir and autobiographical theory. Laura welcomes correspondence with past and future graduate students, professional writing instructors, and faculty—and remains forever grateful for and impressed by the intellectually rigorous and supportive environment of the Syracuse University Writing Program
Dissertation Title: A Different Politics of Difference: Exploring Alternatives in Teaching Basic Writers


Ken Lindblom—1996

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Associate Professor of English, Interim Dean of the School of Professional Development, Stony Brook University (SUNY), Stony Brook, New York.

Ph.D, in English/Composition and Cultural Rhetoric, 1996, Dissertation: Toward a Theory of Discourse Based on the Socio-Discursive Nature of Knowledge: A Synthesis of Sophistic Nomos and Gricean Cooperation.

Serving currently as Interim Dean of the School of Professional Development (administering continuing and teacher education programs), Ken has been an English professor at Illinois State University (1997-2003) and Stony Brook University (2003-Present). His scholarship has focused on history, theory, and practice of teaching writing grades 7 through college. His latest book, co-authored with Leila Christenbury, Making the Journey: Being and Becoming a Teacher of English Language Arts 4th Edition, will be published by Heinemann in fall 2016. His 2011 Grammar Rants: How a Backstage Tour of Writing Complaints Can Help Students Make Informed, Savvy Choices about their Writing, co-authored with Patricia A. Dunn was also published by Heinemann. He work has also appeared in English Journal, College English, Rhetoric Review, Journal of Pragmatics, and several edited collections. Ken was editor of NCTE’s English Journal (2008-2013) and is now a member of the executive board of NCTE’s Conference on English Education. Ken is also very active in the United University Professions (the SUNY union), currently serving as a member of the statewide executive board and a strong advocate for teacher education.