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Program Alumni

In the past ten years, the Composition and Rhetoric program has placed over 95% of its graduates in academic positions. Graduates of the program go on to teach in tenure-track positions at a wide variety of institutions, including, for example, Miami University of Ohio, Spelman College, the University of Connecticut, Pennsylvania State University, Washington State University, and DePaul University.

As the following selected examples illustrate, our graduates are a distinguished lot. Two have won the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC): Amy Lee, 1996, and Collie Fulford, 2011. In 2017, Jessica Ouellette won the CFSHRC President’s Dissertation Award. And two have won book awards from CCCC: Mya Poe (UMass 2005), the Advancement of Knowledge Award (2012) and Margaret Price (UMass 2004), the Outstanding Book Award (2013). Under the leadership of Emily Isaacs (UMass 1993), Montclair State University’s Writing Program was honored with the CCCC Program of Excellence Award for 2011-12. More recently, Lisa Dush (UMass 2009) won the 2016 Richard Braddock Award from the Conference on College Composition and Communication.

2020 -

Joshua Barsczewski, Materially Queer: Identity and Agency in Academic Writing2020. 

Jenny Krichevsky, Passing Literacies: Soviet Immigration Eldersand Intergenerational Language Practices2020. 

Kate Litterer, Lisa Ben and Queer Rhetorical Reeducation in Post-war Los Angeles, 2020. 

Rebecca PetittiFrom Page to Program: A Study of Stakeholders in Multimodal First-Year Composition Curriculum and Program Design, 2020. 

2010 - 2019

Liane Malinowski, Civic Domesticity: Rhetoric, Women and Space at Hull House1889-1910, 2017.
Honorable Mention for the 2018 CCCC James Berlin Memorial Outstanding Dissertation Award.
Winner of the CFSHRC's 2018 President’s Dissertation Award

Dan Ehrenfeld, Rhetorical Investments: Writing, Technology, and the Emerging Logics of the Public Sphere, 2017.

Lisha Daniels StoreyMaterializing Transfer: Writing Dispositions In A Culture of Standardized Testing, 2017.

Morgan Lynn, Latinas’ Identities, Critical Literacies, and Academic Achievement in Community College, 2017.

Jessica OuelletteEnduring Affective Rhetorics: Transnational Feminist Action in Digital Spaces, 2016.
Winner of the CFSHRC's 2017 President’s Dissertation Award

AnnaRita Napoleone, Catch Feelings: Class Affect and Performativity in Teaching Associates’ Narratives, 2016.

Kathleen Baldwin, Multimodal Assessment in Action: What We Really Value in New Media Texts, 2016.

Jesse Priest, Sustainable Public Intellectualism: The Rhetorics of Student Scientist-Activists, 2016.

Christian PulverMetabolizing Capital: Writing, Information, and the Biophysical World, 2015.
Revised dissertation published as:
Metabolizing Capital: Writing, Information, and the Biophysical Environment, Utah State University Press 2020. 

Marni Presnall, The School Desk and the Writing Body, 2015.

Christopher DiBiase, 'The Book Can’t Teach You That’:  A Case Study of Place, Writing, and Tutors’ Constructions of Writing Center Work, 2015.

John GallagherInteractive Audience and the Internet, 2014.
Revised dissertation published as: Update Culture and the Afterlife of Digital Writing, Utah State University Press 2019. 

Emma HowesDown from the Mountain and into the Mill: Literacy Sponsorship and Southern Appalachian Women in the New South, 2014.

Casey Burton SotoThe Role of Online Reading and Writing in the Literacy Practices of First-Year College Students. 2014.

Anne BelloLetters to a Dictionary: Competing Views of Language in the Reception of Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, 2013.

Sarah FinnWriting for Social Action: Affect, Activism, and the Composition Classroom, 2013.

Linh DichTechnologies of Racial Formations: Asian American Online Identities, 2012.

Amber EngelsonWriting the local-global : an ethnography of friction and negotiation in an English-using Indonesian Ph.D. program, 2011.

Michelle Deal"Whether Writers Themselves Have Been Changed": A Test of the Values Driving Writing Center Work, 2011.

Denise PasterPractices of Value: Using a Marxist Lens to Rethink Circulation, Digital Distribution, and the Public Turn, 2010.

Sarah StanleyThe Writer and the Sentence: A Critical Grammar Pedagogy Valuing the Micro, 2010.

2000 - 2009

Catherine Pavia, Literacy and Religious Agency: An Ethnographic Study of an Online LDS Women's Group, 2009.

Missy Marie MontgomeryFirst Year Students’ Perceptions and Interpretations of Teacher Response to their Writing, 2009.

Collie FulfordWriting across the Curriculum Program Development as Ideological and Rhetorical Practice, 2009.
Winner of the 2011 Conference on College Composition and Communication Outstanding Dissertation Award.

Lisa DushDigital Storytelling at an Educational Nonprofit: A Case Study and Genre-Informed Implementation Analysis, 2009.

Holly LawrencePersonal, Reflective Writing in Business Communication and Management, 2007. 

Susan Johnson, Old Words in New Orders: Multigenre Essays in the Composition Classroom, 2006.

Mike EdwardsWriting Class and Value in the Information Economy: Toward a New Understanding of Students’ Economic Activity in the Composition Classroom, 2006.

Lauren RosenbergRewriting Ideologies of Literacy: A Study of Writing by Newly Literate Adults, 2006.
Revised dissertation published as:
The Desire for Literacy: Writing in the Lives of Adult Learners, NCTE 2015

Mya PoeRepresentation, and Writing Assessment: Racial Stereotypes and the Construction of Identity in Writing Assessments, 2005.

Jennifer DiGrazia, Reading Queer(s) in Composition: A Qualitative Study, 2005.

Heidi McKeeDeliberative Dialogue and Online Communication across Differences. 2005.

Alan GirelliTeachers' Perceptions of a Hybrid Inservice Delivery Model: A Qualitative Study. 2004. 

Margaret PriceCritical Resistance: Disability Studies in the Writing Classroom. 2004. 

Winifred WoodElectronic Deliberation and the Formation of a Public Sphere: A Situated Rhetorical Study. 2004.
Winner of the Hugh Burns award for Best Dissertation in Computers and Composition

Michael MattisonBetween Two Classrooms: Graduate Students of Literature as Teachers of Writing. 2003.

Warren LongmireUsing Learning Objects in Critical Thinking Pedagogy and To Facilitate Entry into Discourse Communities. 2003.
Winner of the Hugh Burns award for Best Dissertation in Computers and Composition

Kimberly CostinoArticulating Literacy: Narrative and Cultural Representations of Literacy throughout 20th Century America. 2002. 

Kimberly Marcello DeVriesTeaching To Their Strengths: Multiple Interface Theory in the College Writing Class. 2002. 

Susan KirtleyStudents' Views on Writing and Technology: Gender, Race, and Class. 2002. 

Mary RedaListening to the Silences in Our Classrooms: A Study of "Quiet" Students. 2002.
Revised dissertation published as 
Between Speaking and Silence: A Study of Quiet Students, SUNY 2010

Julia WagnerThe Letter that Gives Life: Magic, Writing, and the Teaching of Writing. 2002. 

Zan M. GoncalvesSpeaking Our Truths: Literacy, Sexuality, and Social Action. 2000.
Revised dissertation published as Sexuality and the Politics of Ethos in the Writing Classroom, SIUP 2005

1991 - 1999

Andrea StoverResisting Privacy: Problems in Self-Representation in Journals and Diaries. 1999. 

Tom DeansCommunity-Based and Service Learning College Writing Initiatives in Relation to Composition Studies and Critical Theory. 1998.
Revised dissertation published as 
Writing Partnerships: Service-Learning in Composition. Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English, 2000. 

Martha Trudeau TuckerAcademic Women and Writer's Block: Mapping the Terrain. 1997. 

Elizabeth A. CaldwellA Bilateral Study of the Roles of Writing in a Baccalaureate Nursing Program. 1996 

Timothy DohertyCollege Writing and the Resources of Theatre. 1996 

Emily IsaacsConstructing Pedagogies: A Feminist Study of Three College Writing Teachers. 1996 

Elizabeth A. KlemMaking a Given Curriculum Your Own: Three Models of Adaptation and Negotiation. 1995. 

Paul LeBlancReconceptualizing Text: Computers and Writing. 1990.
Revised dissertation published as 
Writing Teachers Writing Software. Urbana IL: National Council of Teachers of English, 1995. 

Amy M. LeeVisions and Revisions of Teaching Writing as a Critical Process. 1995.
Winner of the 1996 Conference on College Composition and Communication Outstanding Dissertation Award.
Revised dissertation published: 
Composing Critical Pedagogies. Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English, 2000. 

Erika ScheurerA Vice for Voices: Emily Dickinson's Dialogic Voice from the Borders. 1993. 

Ann MullinSee What We're Saying: An Interpretive Approach to Teaching Writing. 1991.