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Southern Regional Composition Conference 2017

  In Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability, Robert McRuer asks writing instructors to imagine what exists beyond standard academic writing, to make space for non-normative bodies, and to value different embodied ways of learning and composing. In many ways, composition pedagogies already push the bounds of “normal” writing through the valuing of multiple…… Continue reading Southern Regional Composition Conference 2017

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#4c15

How is Universal Design invoked on college websites, in composition programs and classrooms, and in conversations with students? This year at CCCC, Jay Dolmage, Dale Katherine Ireland, and I are presenting on the panel E.16 “Risks and Rhetorics of Universal Design.” Full-text copies of our talks can be accessed here, which I have listed in order…… Continue reading #4c15

Scholarship

#cwcon: Beyond Afterthought

This is the presentation I’m giving at #cwcon this year (part of i2, “caption, performance, code: composing accessibility across multiple interfaces”). *** Given the limited time available in the composition classroom, simply teaching the basics of technologies can feel overwhelming even before we consider the rhetorical production and accessibility of digital texts. It’s perhaps unsurprising,…… Continue reading #cwcon: Beyond Afterthought

CCR 611: Comp Histories/Theories

Rhetoric at the Margins: Revising the History of Writing Instruction in American Colleges, 1873-1947

In the preface to his book, Gold offers some context for his site selection and the arguments he plans to develop. The purpose of his book is to examine rhetorical education at three historically neglected institutions: Wiley College (a private HBCU), Texas Woman’s University (a public all-women’s college), and East Texas Normal school (an independent…… Continue reading Rhetoric at the Margins: Revising the History of Writing Instruction in American Colleges, 1873-1947

Pedagogy

Errors and Expectations: A Guide for the Teacher of Basic Writing

Errors and Expectations is one of those books that I feel like I know really well (because it’s so strongly situated in the field) but had never read past the introduction. I was surprised to see how much of what Shaughnessy was saying about basic writing (BW) students was still relevant 35 years later—minus more…… Continue reading Errors and Expectations: A Guide for the Teacher of Basic Writing

CCR 611: Comp Histories/Theories

A Counter-History of Composition: Toward Methodologies of Complexity

Once a way of thinking becomes so ingrained that no one bothers to question it, the most effective way to make it show up is to attempt the opposite argument that no one would even consider investigating. (10) Hawk begins his book with the claim that composition has misrepresented and reduced vitalism. Vitalism—“a set of…… Continue reading A Counter-History of Composition: Toward Methodologies of Complexity