Rhetoric & Writing at BGSU
Students in the Rhetoric & Writing program are intriguingly diverse group, coming to BGSU from all over the country and beyond. Their interests, research and otherwise, are equally diverse, revealed as much by the short biographies below as by their e-portfolios. The latter of these are an important part of all Rhetoric & Writing students' professional development; here is a link providing more information about e-portfolios and their significance.
Laural Lea Adams (2010)
Laural has a BS in Marketing from UMASS Amherst, a MLIS from Simmons College in Boston, and a MFA in Creative Writing from BGSU, where she was awarded the Devine Fellowship for poetry. She worked as a business reference librarian and taught both composition and librarianship at New Mexico State University, where she published several articles on librarianship and a book chapter on designing electronic classrooms. She has taught composition, intermediate writing, and creative writing at BGSU. Laural’s current research interests center around academic literacies and the production of disciplinary knowledge. For her dissertation, she is focusing particularly on discipline-specific “habits of mind” operating in highly contested cognitive and representational spaces, habits that enable scholars to produce intellectual work, advance ideological positions, and teach students to write in their disciplines and professions. A forthcoming chapter entitled, “Using Eco-feminism to Sustain the Open Educational Resources Movement in a Corporatized Culture” will be included in Cultures of Copyright Dánielle DeVoss and Martine Courant Rife, eds) and one entitled,“Propagandist Management: ‘Sustainability’ in the Privatized Academy” will appear in Managing Democracy: Propaganda and the Rhetorical Production of Economic and Political Realities (M.J. Braun and Gae Lyn Henderson, eds.)She is also working on an article about the effects of corporatization on teaching writing.
Megan Adams (2011)
Megan earned a BA in Journalism and Political Science from The Ohio State University and an MA in Education from The University of Findlay. Prior to deciding to pursue more academic endeavors, she worked in both the broadcast and print journalism fields as a reporter. Megan's scholarly interests stem from her passions for writing, videography, and women's issues; they include digital storytelling, community literacy, Appalachian studies, and feminist rhetoric. When not studying or teaching, she enjoys running, reading, and spending time with her husband, Kyle, and curling up with her cat, Oliver.
Amira Akl (2007)
After receiving her BA and MA in English at UT, where she researched various aspects of Arab and Arab American students' integration into English classrooms, Amira joined the BGSU Rhetoric and Writing PhD Program to continue researching Arab student populations. She has since focused her research on the identity struggles of Arab American women, who often fight to maintain multiple conflicting identities within and outside the Arab community. She enjoys teaching, wears pens in her hair, over-schedules her time, and drinks Mountain Dew. Her favorite color is red and in her spare time, she enjoys riding camels and rearranging her furniture.
Tina Arduini (2012)
Tina obtained her BA and MA in English with a concentration in literature at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). She spent the past four years teaching various composition courses at Bucks County Community College and Penn State, DuBois. She also teaches composition for two online universities during her breaks from school. Her research interests include linguistics and the evolution of language as well as adult learners in the online environment. In her free time, she can be found playing video games or watching science fiction television programming with her husband.
Amanda Athon (2010)
Amanda Athon is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio but has spent the past decade or so living in Chicago. While in Chicago, Amanda earned her MA in Writing from DePaul University and a BA in English from Loyola University. She spent several years working in publishing, most recently as an associate editor for McGraw-Hill, and also taught reading and composition at the City Colleges of Chicago. Her academic interests include writing assessment, the teaching of basic writing, and second-language writing.
Nick Baca (2011)
Nick is from Southern California and received his undergraduate degree from UC Santa Barbara with a BA in English. He received his MA from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona also in English specializing in Rhetoric and Composition, and Renaissance Literature. Nick's scholarly interests include the history of rhetoric and Sophistic rhetoric, composition studies, literary and critical theory, psychoanalysis and desire in virtual social spaces, and gender studies and sexuality, to name a few. Aside from his academic interests, Nick enjoys independent film, local food and craft beer cultures, crossword puzzles, and long-distance running.
Pauline Baird (2011)
Pauline is a native of Guyana, South America, where she received her formal education. She holds a BA in English from Andrews University in Michigan and an MA/TESOL degree from St. Michael’s College in Vermont. Her studies and career have allowed her to teach English in Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Asia and Micronesia. She has taught Technical and Professional Writing at Kanazawa Institute of Technology, an engineering university in Northwestern Japan. From 2008-2012, she taught College Writing and Developmental Writing and at the University of Guam. Pauline’s research interests include ESL composition, Silence in the writing of students, rhetoric of speakers from traditionally oral language cultures, and teaching and learning composition through Japanese literary art forms. Her published articles include: Making College Writing Fun for ESL and EFL Learners Using Kamishibai; Just in Time Teaching: Communicating and Learning; Tools to Reach the Student in the Corner (co-authored); Goal – Setting: A Performance and Consciousness Booster (co-authored).
Estee Beck (2011)
Estee is a second-year doctoral student within the Rhetoric & Writing program. Her research explores the effects of cyber-surveillance and collection practices, with an emphasis on identity construction and big data categorization. Additional research associations include advocacy of new media and multimodal composition, and cyberfeminist critiques of online spaces. Her work has appeared in Computers & Composition Online, Technoculture, and KairosWikis. She is one of the associate editors for Computers & Composition, the digital projects consultant for Itineration, as well as the media facilitator for the Qualitative Research Network. You can find Estee on Twitter @estee_beck
Stephen Boston (2010)
Stephen Boston earned his BA in Liberal Studies at Bowling Green State University. While earning his BA, he focused on three areas of concentration: English, Popular Culture, and Ethnic Studies. Stephen also focused on two minors: Theater & Film and History. After graduating with his BA, he continued on at BGSU earning his MA in Rhetoric and Writing. Stephen taught First-Year-Composition for four years prior to returning to BGSU to complete what he started with his MA. He has now returned to BGSU in the Rhetoric and Writing PhD program. Stephen’s scholarly interests include media studies, popular culture, and ethnic studies in relation to composition theory and writing instruction. He currently coaches the Women’s Club Volleyball Team at BGSU, and has been doing so for nine years. Stephen is a big sports fan and a diehard Cleveland Browns fan.
Matthew Bridgewater (2010)
Matthew received a BA in English from Michigan State University, a secondary teaching certificate for English and History from Wayne State University, and an MA in English Language and Literature from Central Michigan University. He taught secondary school in both the Detroit area and California, which segued into teaching TEFL in Florence and Bologna, Italy. Matthew's scholarly interests are in digital spaces (theory and practice), public policy, writing program administration, writing technologies, authorship studies, and rhetorical theory. He has presented at Rhetoric Society of America (2010) and Computers & Writing (2011), and has published in Computers and Composition Online (Summer 2011). Currently, Matthew is the research assistant for GSW, a copy-editor for Computers and Composition Online, and teaches General Studies Writing. He also enjoys astronomy, reading, travelling, socializing (in person and via social networking), and trying to stay fit (just in case he needs to survive a possible zombie apocalypse).
Mandy Browning (2008)
Mandy attended school at Northern Michigan University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Writing, and later attended Western Michigan University, where she completed a Master of Arts in the Teaching of English. During her time at Western, Mandy took part in the Third Coast Writing Project, where she wrote a prodigious amount of poetry. Currently, Mandy is a Ph.D student in the Rhetoric and Composition program at Bowling Green State University, and a full-time English and Developmental Studies instructor at Southwestern Michigan College. She has a fuzzy diva beast of a dog to whom she is devoted, and two cats that tolerate her presence. Mandy is fond of jasmine tea, kayaking, and listens to Enya more than any reasonable human being should. She is also a particular fan of British murder mysteries.
Wei Cen (2012)
Wei is from China and had taught English for over twelve years at Suzhou University. She received her BA in English from Southeast University, Nanjing, China and MA in Scientific and Technical Communication from Bowling Green State University. Her research interests include international technical communication, online teaching and learning, digital literacy and writing pedagogy. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, watching movies, and TV shows.
April Conway (2012)
A Tucson native, April received her BA in Writing, Social Advocacy, and Latin American Studies from the University of Redlands in Southern California. She then earned her MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College in “upstate” New York. Back in Tucson, she taught secondary Language Arts classes from AP Rhetoric and Composition, to ESL reading and writing, to creative writing— while also teaching composition courses at Pima Community College. At this nascent stage in her doctoral studies, she is interested in feminist theory, visual rhetoric, community literacy, and tying in other disciplines—such as cultural geography—to rhetorical readings of landscape and memory. Outside of her studies, April enjoys cooking, traveling, gabbing with friends and family, and taking long walks with her husband and with her dog Paco. She also misses the mountains.
Kellan Deardorff (2010)
Kellan earned his BA in English Studies at Western Washington University and his MA in Rhetoric and Composition at Washington State University. He taught First-Year-Composition for three years prior to joining BGSU's Rhetoric & Writing PhD Program. Kellan's scholarly interests focus primarily on critical pedagogies in FYC, but branch from there into new media studies, rhetorics of racism, cultural/ethnic studies, and composition theory more generally. In his off time, he experiments with freewill as it pertains to food preparation. As an informally trained fine-dining chef, he spends time critically analyzing various cooking ingredients and recipes. For fun, Kellan thoroughly enjoys trashy reality television as well as violent movies and video games (FPS).
Shirley Faulkner-Springfield (2011)
Shirley earned a BA and MA in in English from North Carolina Central University (NCCU), where she taught English Composition I and II. At NCCU, Shirley gradually integrated basic technology into her basic writing classes to meet her pedagogical goals, but she plans to enhance her technical skills and clearly articulate a philosophy of education that includes multimodal tools. Shirley's scholarly interests comprise identity politics; language acquisition; "nonstandard dialects"; basic writing; technological literacy; rhetorical, composition, and narrative theories; and service learning/community literacy. Shirley wrote a research-based reflective analysis of her students' community literacy project, and the article, "Letters to Young High School Students: Writing and Uniting an Academic Community," was published in the Spring 2011 issue of Reflections. When Shirley is not thinking about the ways her students reinvent themselves in their writing classrooms, she conducts genealogical research, tutors, volunteers, and visits senior citizens.
Christine Garbett (2007)
From Minnesota, Christine earned her MA in Teaching College English and BA in Writing from St. Cloud State University. Her primary research interests include disability and Deaf studies as well as feminist rhetoric and pedagogy. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends, watching movies and television, doing various crafts, reading, and window-shopping.
Mariana Grohowski (2011)
Mariana Grohowski is a second-year PhD student. Her research examines the cultural ideologies and literate activities of servicewomen of the U.S. Armed Forces. She has taught courses in first-year writing and service learning, and has worked as a writing consultant in a university writing center. She earned her M.S. in Rhetoric and Technical Communication from Michigan Technological University. Her work has appeared in the Community Literacy Journal, Reflections, and Enculturation.
Kerri Hauman (2009)
Kerri recently earned an MA in Composition and Rhetoric and a certificate in Women’s Studies from Wright State University. While at WSU, she also earned her BA in English with an emphasis on professional writing, worked in the University’s writing center for five years, and taught first-year composition for two years. In particular, her experiences as writing center tutor, women’s studies student, and FYC teacher have influenced her interest in collaboration, feminist rhetoric, new media, pedagogy and what occurs at their intersections. When given the chance to pursue activities outside of academia, she most often chooses live music, dancing, and traveling to visit her friends who are now spread all around the country.
Ken Hayes (2011)
Ken, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, spent the last 5 years at Wright State University, where he earned his BA and MA in English Literature. While at Wright State Ken taught English 101 and 102 as a graduate teaching assistant and was a co-founder of WSU's first conference on multimodal composition in the Spring of 2011. Ken's primary research interests include film and literature, multiliteracy studies, and multimodal composition. In his free time Ken enjoys reading 20th century literature, watching movies, playing frisbee golf, and spending time with his wife, Blair (though not necessarily in that order).
Em Hurford (2009)
Em Hurford, who hails from southern Indiana, has a BA in English and Latin from Indiana University. She came to Bowling Green State University after spending a few years working in a cubicle farm, and recently completed her MA in English Literature. She has a diverse range of theoretical and research interests, from fandom studies to the intersection of feminist and queer theory with popular culture texts. She has a growing interest in new media, technology in the writing classroom, and culture studies. When she isn’t working, she can generally be found surfing the internet, teasing her cats, reading schlocky manga and scifi, or indulging in her latest guilty pleasure—Regency romances.
Abbey Kanzig (2006)
With a BA in Business Management and Marketing from Ashland U. and an MA in English/Composition track, certificates in Literature and Gender and Conflict, from the U. of Akron, Abbey worked as an adjunct instructor for N.C.S.C. and partnered in their fledgling peer mentoring/tutoring program and for MCCC's UpWard Bound program. Her recent presentations include CCCC's, Watson, ECWCA, MMLA, WSRL, RMMLA, among others. She is currently working on her dissertation, "Addressing the Digital Divide and Opportunities for Sustainability: How Radical Pedagogies and Theories of Technology Intersect." Gregarious by nature, she enjoys live concerts, coffee, and the simple pleasures in life.
Stacy Kastner (2009)
Stacy completed her BA and MA at St. Bonaventure University in Olean, NY where she focused on 19th Century American Literature. She has taught first-year composition, intermediate writing, and English emersion courses and is committed to facilitating classroom environments defined by respect, equality, and reciprocal teaching and learning. Currently a fourth-year student in the Rhetoric and Writing PhD program at BGSU, she was awarded a research fellowship for her final year of study to complete her dissertation, Identity Chats: Co-Authorized Narratives and the Performance of Writerly Selves in Mass Multiliterate Times. Her dissertation is a teacher-research project that investigates how one comes to be (or not to be) a “writer” through three year-long narrative case studies with a middle school student and his mother, a high school student enrolled in all college courses, and a university sophomore. Her dissertation project suggests other scholarly areas of interest that Stacy regularly engages with at national conferences and in interdisciplinary journals: the implications of the historical and ongoing underestimation of everyday literate practices (and by extension, the racial, social, and gender politics inherent within literacy learning), the scholarship of teaching and learning, composition history and theory, and techno-pedagogies.
Jeff Kirchoff (2009)
Jeff received his BA (Creative Writing and Film) and MA (English) from St. Cloud State University in MN. Before entering the Rhetoric and Writing PhD program at BGSU, he worked as the writing center director at the University of WI-Fox Valley, where he also taught a variety of composition courses. Jeff’s current research interests include 21st century literacies, new media theory, visual rhetoric, and writing pedagogy. In his spare moments, Jeff can be found relaxing with his wife Stephanie, playing sports, or reading.
Kent Alan Lenz (2008)
After completing a BFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Kent developed an interest in teaching composition as an Adjunct Instructor of Developmental Writing at Omaha's Metropolitan Community College. From there, he went on to earn his Master's of Fine Arts through University of Nebraska's low residency writing program while residing in Boise, Idaho. His research interests include composition and rhetoric studies, pedagogy, and basic writing. When not researching or teaching, Kent enjoys baseball and comic books.
Eden Leone (2007)
Eden is from Duluth, MN where she earned a BA in psychology and sociology from the College of St. Scholastica and an MA in English Studies from the University of Minnesota Duluth. She has taught courses in freshman writing, college learning, and rhetoric of popular culture, which she enjoyed very much. Her research interests here at Bowling Green include a wide range of inquiries, but she is currently thinking about issues of electronic media in the writing classroom. For example, her current line of research questions how the shift in popular television shows from scripted comedies and dramas to unscripted reality-based shows might influence students’ notions of narrative and storytelling as they manifest themselves in college writing. Eden also enjoys reading mystery stories, shopping for shoes, and engaging in lively conversations with her many new and old friends.
David McClure (2007)
In two plus years at Bowling Green State University, David has had the good fortune and opportunity to deliver presentations at both regional and national conferences such as the Louisiana Conference on Language and Literature, NCTE, and CCCC. In October, he will deliver two presentations at Feminisms and Rhetorics one of which he co-wrote with fellow BGSU PhD student Suzan Aiken. In the spring of 2010, he gave his second CCCC presentation based on preliminary dissertation research which involves emotion studies and written teacher commentary. His research interests include writing assessment, material rhetoric, body/emotion studies, critical pedagogy, research design, cognitive writing theory, working class studies, metaphor theory, activity theory, and Michel Foucault’s rhetorical theory. Before attending BGSU, he earned his BA and MFA from Purdue University. He has taught creative writing, advanced composition, first year writing, and technical writing at BGSU, Purdue, and Ivy Tech State Community College--Bloomington. Recently,The Mid-American Review published his book review of a novel-in-stories How to Hold a Woman by Billy Lombardo. He's grateful that his peers elected him to serve two terms as the rhetoric and writing graduate student senator as well as for his time spent working as a writing center consultant at BGSU's writing center.
Nicholas Novosel (2012)
Nick is a first year graduate student in the Rhetoric and Writing program. Originally from Boardman, Ohio, he has a BA and an MA in English (the former in literature, the latter in literature and composition) from Youngstown State University, where he taught freshman composition for the past six years (first as a graduate assistant, then as an adjunct faculty member). Though newer to the rhetoric and writing field, his research interests include creative writing in the composition classroom (its merits and assessment), student- and process-centered pedagogies, and the influence of peer review. He is also new to the Bowling Green area, but thus far has found it quite nice, especially the restaurants (God bless you, the Cookie Jar).
Craig Olsen (2011)
Craig received his BA in Music from Wesleyan University in 2007. However, he accidentally took so many English classes that he received an English major on accident (in 2008). Running with that, he went to Ball State University where he got his MA in Creative Writing. He decided that he wanted to pursue a PhD in Rhetoric & Writing after teaching several classes on the subject as a GA. His areas of interest in the rhetoric field include comics, gaming, and genre study, and he is constantly adding new areas to explore.
Heather E. Pristash (2006)
BGSU is the last stop in Heather's All-Ohio Educational Tour, which includes Oberlin (high school), Kent (BA, English with Writing Certificate), and Dayton (MA, English/Writing Focus). After this, she hopes to spend some time elsewhere for a change. Heather’s research interests include third-wave feminism, the rhetoric of craft (particularly knitting), graphic novels, the writing process, popular culture, and felt sense. If she still had free time, she would use it for knitting, comics, video games, and obsessive focus on the Joss Whedon oeuvre.
Tiffany Richmond (2012)
Tiffany earned her BA and MA in English with a concentration in literature, and a Certificate in the Teaching of Writing from the University of Toledo. Her academic interests are literary works from the Victorian period, the lives of Victorian women, and the instruction of and issues surrounding grammar. She considers herself a coffee enthusiast and in her spare time, she enjoys running, hiking through Toledo’s beautiful metroparks, listening to jazz, and watching British adaptations of novels with her international house mates.
Michael Salitrynski (2010)
Michael earned his BA in French & Philosophy and his Masters in English Education from Mansfield University. He took several years off of school between earning his BA and MS ED during which time he lived in Colorado, Vermont, New York, and PA. He has held a variety of employment, including retail, waitering, substitute teaching, and the management of a transistional care facility for people who suffer from schizophrenia. An Eagle scout, he is still active with the Boy Scouts as the program director of Camp Brulé in north-central PA. He has worked at that camp for the past 17 years. His current research interests include composition pedagogy and the rhetoric of speculative fiction. In his spare time Michael enjoys writing fiction, watching films, and going camping. His favorite books include, Blindness by José Saramago, Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, Tao Te Zhing by Laozi, and the Dark Tower series by Stephen King. Upon completion at BGSU he hopes to find post-doctoral work abroad and plans to eventually settle in a small college town where he can teach composition, fiction writing, and work with a writing center.
Martha Wilson Schaffer (2011)
Martha followed a winding path to her current place as a second-year student in BGSU’s Rhetoric and Writing Program. Martha attended Marietta College where she earned a BA in English and Psychology, as well as Certificates in Writing and Leadership. She then went to the University of Toledo, earning an MA in English Language and Literature and a JD at the University of Toledo College of Law. She has practiced as an attorney in the Toledo area since 1997. In her legal career, she represented injured and disabled individuals in the Ohio workers’ compensation system and state courts. In 2010, she decided to make a significant career change, leaving the practice of law and applying to the Rhetoric and Writing Program. Since then, Martha has taught first-year composition and basic writing courses at BGSU, and currently mentors new teaching assistants in the program as they prepare to teach in BGSU’s General Studies Writing Program. Martha also serves on the committee that prepares writing program placement prompts for incoming undergraduate students. She serves as a Graduate Student Senator, representing the English PhD graduate students. Martha’s current research interests revolve around affect theory, ethics of care, and legal research and writing pedagogy. Martha’s pre-rhetoric writing experiences include a book on backyard birding for Bird Watcher’s Digest, assistant editorship for the The University of Toledo Law Review, and numerous briefs and memoranda to the civil courts of Ohio, including the Ohio Supreme Court. More recently, she presented a paper on enthymemes at 2011 CCCCs. She is currently conducting research for her dissertation on how first-year composition students assess their potential and developing writing skills and projects. Martha spends her personal time running, biking, and traveling.
Kate Spike (2009)
Kate is now starting her second year as assistant professor of English and TESEL at Bluffton University. In addition to teaching a section of FYC each spring, she has created and introduced a basic writing course and now teaches two sections of that course each fall. She also teaches all of the courses in annual rotation for the TESOL licensure requirement (linguistics, TESOL Methods and Assessment, TESOL Theories and Issues, language variation, and English grammar) and supervises student practicums. This summer, she led of 10 students on a cultural exchange to Botswana where they had a cultural and linguistic immersion via homestays in a very rural village called Pitseng. She also advises and serves on committees, including the Cross-Cultural Committee. Needless to say, she is busy! She is in her final year of course work and hopes to finish...eventually! She also has a talented husband, Luke Sheets, who teaches at ONU, and two lovely children (Molly 7 and Jonah 3)--all of whom she enjoys spending time with in her precious free time. As for hobbies, she enjoys cooking and baking, cycling, and camping, and on very rare occasions, sleeping.
Aimee Taylor (2012)
Aimee earned a BA in English with a minor in Theatre from Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio in 2008. During her undergraduate career, she served as a tutor in the Reading and Writing Center (now, the Writing Center) and poetry editor of The Silhouette, SSU’s literary/art magazine. She earned a MA in English from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia in 2010. At Marshall, Aimee was a graduate teaching assistant and tutor in the Writing Center. Prior to starting her doctoral studies at BGSU, Aimee was a full-time faculty member in the Department of English at Shawnee State University where she taught Developmental English, Discourse, and Composition and served as the coordinator of the Developmental English program.
Heather Trahan (2010)
Heather Trahan holds an M.A. in English & Comparative Literature from the University of Cincinnati. Presently a 3rd year student in the doctoral program in Rhetoric & Writing at BGSU, she serves as Associate Editor for Computers and Composition: An International Journal. Scholarly publications include the article “Teaching the Texts We Love” in Writing on the Edge (Spring 21. 2) and a book review in Enculturation (Issue 10); additionally, her poetry has appeared in a wide variety of journals such as: wordriver literary review, Word Riot, Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel: Contemporary Appalachian Writing, among others. Currently, research interests include first-year writing pedagogy, digital literacy, and the intersections between queer theory, feminist rhetoric(s), cultural studies, and critical sexuality studies. Heather also works as a Reiki Master.
Alison C. Witte (2009)
Alison has a BA in English and Theological Languages from Concordia University-Chicago and an MA in English with concentrations in Composition and American Literature from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. She is currently working on her dissertation research, which uses a combination of survey and case study, to examine the role of digital technology in creating ethos for preachers. Alison has taught both first year and intermediate composition, as well as served as associate editor for Computers and Composition: An International Journal. Her research interests include digital writing, digital writing pedagogy, and teacher preparation. Outside of her academic work, Alison loves to cook, bake, and spend time with her family.
Amy Wrobel (2012)
Amy completed her undergraduate studies at SUNY Geneseo, where she earned degrees in English and sociology. She has an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Niagara University. Prior to beginning her studies at BGSU, she was an adjunct instructor at three colleges/universities in the Western New York area for three years. Her primary research interests include writing program administration and pedagogy. Outside of academics, her passions include dance and running, music and movies, and family and friends.