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We're only halfway through the month and the Writing and Rhetoric Studies Department already has a lot to celebrate!

1. WRS MA student, Jessica Begay, was featured on the Pedagogue Podcast, a leading podcast for scholars and teachers in writing and rhetoric studies. Find her in Episode 159 and listen to her thoughtful conversation about the Indigenous-centering first-year writing sequence she developed.

2. Professor Romeo Garcia's released his co-edited collection, Pluriversal Literacies: Tools for Perseverance and Livable Futures.

3. Professor Natalie Stillman-Webb has published a co-authored, truly multi-genre, text, "OWI - A Future of Challenge and Possibility," in the latest issue of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy.

4. Several WRS graduate students recently presented their exciting work at the Conference of Global Society of Online Literacy Educators:

  • Rachael Rasmussen Gundry, "Teaching the Rhetoric and History of Technology in the Online Writing Classroom"
  • Lisa Rumsey Harris, "Cultivating Congruence in Teaching Presence in Hybrid and Asynchronous Courses"
  • Keolanani Kinghorn, "Rhetorical Sound: A Call of Action to Consider the Accessibility of Aurel Learning"
  • Rachel Lott, "Online Prison Education: Higher Education for Incarcerated Youth Through Secure-Server, Modified Canvas Courses"
  • Joseph Mayaki, "Accessibility and Inclusivity in Online Literacy Education: Challenges and Prospects in Africa's Online Learning"

5. Instructor and CEL Coordinator, Pamela Balluck, won the Utah Original Writing Competition for Short Fiction.

6. Retired Professor Maureen Clark's first poetry collection, This Insatiable August, will be released on February 26th, 2024. Stay tuned for upcoming public readings!

7. WRS instructor and doctoral candidate John Gordon published his work based on Code Studies, in TextGenEd Continuing Experiments.

8. Writing Center Director, Anne McMurtrey, is presenting at two conferences this spring:

  • CCCC in Spokane, Washington: "From Writer's Block to Writer's Bot: ChatGPT and the Future of Writing Assistance"
  • Teaching for Learning (T4L) Conference at BYU, Idaho, "ChatGPT in the Tutoring Center: From Brainstorming Support to Grammar Instruction. 

9. Professor Maximilian Werner published his poem, "The Off Hours," to Issue 14 of Clade Song.

10. Assistant Professor Hua Zhu recently won an International Travel and Research grant from the College's Faculty Awards Committee.


Congratulations to all!

Last Updated: 2/15/24