About Allison

I’m Assistant Professor of Writing in the School of Communication at the University of Central Arkansas. I received my Ph.D. Composition and Cultural Rhetoric from Syracuse University and my M.A. in Professional Writing and Editing from West Virginia University.

As an instructor, I value multimodal learning and composing. In the lower- and upper-division writing courses I teach, I incorporate both print and digital assignments and activities to provide students with multiple access points to learn, compose, and circulate their ideas in ways that are challenging and meaningful.

As a researcher, I’m interested in how disability is constructed and mediated through technology, whose stories and bodies we value within our disciplinary histories, and how we can work as an activist/academic community to theorize and enact more socially just pedagogical practices. Specifically, I’m interested in how theories of multimodality and universal design can work as frameworks for developing critical and accessible pedagogies. My book project interrogates a tendency in our field to try to diagnose disabled students and default to accommodations rather than crafting accessible pedagogies. I explore how rhetorics of overcoming–the idea that disabled bodies must overcome their disabilities in order to be successful, to fit in, or to meet the standard–manifests in writing pedagogies.

“Accessing Rhetoric” is an ongoing attempt to make sense of different facets of rhet/comp and share my work in accessibility and accessible pedagogies. This blog is a mix of reading notes (and reflections), conference presentations, media analyses, and discussions of how disability, technology, rhetoric, and pedagogy manifest in the everyday. For posts about Universal Design and Education, go here: dsp700.wordpress.com

Questions? You’re welcome to contact me at allison.hitt@gmail.com.