Alumni

PhD alums from FSU's Rhetoric and Composition Program are quite active in the profession. Here's what they are doing now:

Aimee Jones 2017

Dissertation: The Role of Motivation in International ESL Graduate Students’ Engagement with Writing at the University Writing Center
Professional Interests: multicultural/multilingual literacies and writing center studies.

Megan Keaton 2017

Dissertation: ‘I Kinda Just Messed with It’: Investigating Students’ Resources for Learning Digital Composing Technologies Outside of Class
Current Position: Assistant Professor at Pfeiffer University
Professional Interests: multimodal and digital literacies, ecologies of composition, and students' "self-taught" literacies

Heather Lang 2017

Dissertation: Understanding, Perception, and Accommodation of Disability in Writing Centers
Current Position: Assistant Professor at Susquehanna Unviersity
Professional Interests: embodied rhetorics, with an emphasis in disabilities studies, digital activism, and writing center studies.

Erin Workman 2017

Dissertation: Visualizing Transfer: How Do Students' Conceptual Writing Knowledge Structures Connect to Their Transfer of Writing Knowledge and Practice?
Current Position: Assistant Professor at DePaul University
Professional Interests: reflection, visual mapping, and students' transfer of conceptual writing knowledge. She is also interested in writing assessment, particularly as it intersects with writing transfer research.

Andrew Burgess 2017

Education: MA Media and Communications Studies, BA Florida State University
Teaching: First Year Composition (documentary film focus)
Professional Experience: Digital Studio Consultant
Research Interests: composition pedagogy, the application of documentary video production techniques to research projects in first-year composition courses, the interplay of rhetorical power in documentary films, and reexamining Kenneth Burke's terministic screens through the lens of documentary film production.

Leah F. Cassorla 2015

Dissertation: The Shifting Sands of Authority in the Age of Digital Convergence
Current Position: Publications Coordinator at Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Professional Interests: Intersectionality of network theory, digital convergence, network and surveillance rhetoric, and rhetoric of the Other.

Kendra L. Mitchell 2015

Dissertation: Language in the Center: A Case Study of Multilingual Learners in a Historically Black University Writing Center
Current Position: Lecturer, University of Pretoria, Groenkloof (Fulbright ETA assignment)
Professional Interests: HBCUs, rhetorical silences, multilingualism, and the intersections of race, literacy, and writing center studies

Christine Martorana 2015

Dissertation: " Looking Outside to Empower Within: Feminist Activists, Feminist Agency, and the Composition Classroom"
Current Position: Assistant Professor of English and Writing Program Director at College of Staten Island
Professional Interests: feminist agency, feminist activism, and composition pedagogy

Bret Zawilski 2015

Dissertation: "When All That Is Old Becomes New: Transferring Writing Knowledge and Practice Across Print, Screen, and Network Spaces"
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition at Appalachian State University
Professional Interests: new media composition, multimodality, digital composing platforms, materiality, design and usability, and scientific rhetoric

Elizabeth Powers 2014

Dissertation: Restructuring Florida's Ethos
Current Position: Assistant Professor of English and Writing Center Director, University of Maine at Augusta
Professional Interests: rhetorical constructions of place, nineteenth-century visual and verbal media, open-source digital writing centers

Natalie Syzmanski 2014

Dissertation: Untangling the Ecological Knots: Exploring the Creation and Maintenance of Sustainable Technology-enabled First Year Composition Programs
Current Position: Assistant Professor of English and Coordinator of the First-Year Writing Program at the University of Hawaii West Oahu
Professional Interests: sustainable technology initiatives, teaching and administrating composition, multimodal and digital composing

Katherine Bridgman 2014

Dissertation: Dissolving Transnational Boundaries: Interfaces and Invitations to Embody
Current Position: Assistant Professor of English and Writing Center Director at Texas A&M University, San Antonio
Professional Interests: teaching composition, writing center practice and theory, as well as historical and contemporary rhetorical theory; research on social media activism and digital interface

Leigh Graziano 2014

Dissertation:Mourning the Dead: Living Memorials, Rhetorical Functions, and Everyday Multimodality
Current Position: Assistant Professor of English and Composition Program Director , University of Arkansas at Monticello
Professional Interests: visual-material rhetorics, especially everyday rhetorical practices; composition theory and practice; professional writing programs

Rory Lee 2014

Dissertation: Now with More Modes?: The Curricular Design and Implementation of Multimodality in Undergraduate Major Programs in Writing/Rhetoric
Current Position: Assistant Professor in Digital Rhetorics, Ball State University
Professional Interests: multimodality and new media, undergraduate major programs, rhetorical history and theory, composition history and theory, and multiliteracy centers. Rory's CV, teaching philosophy, pedagogical materials, administrative experience, and recent scholarship are documented on his portfolio: www.roryportfolio.com.

Stephen McElroy 2014

Dissertation: Assembling Postcards: The Multimodal Production of Curt Teich & Company
Current Position: Interim Director of the Reading-Writing Center and Johnston Ground Digital Studio, Florida State University
Professional Interests: assemblage theory and composition, writing centers and digital studios, digital archives, digital production

Josh Mehler 2014

Dissertation: Mobile Vulgus: Everyday Writing, Portable Technology, and Counterpublics
Current Position: Learning Consultant @ Healthesystems, Tampa, FL
Professional Interests: print and digital text production, multimodal composition, historiography and everyday writing

Jennifer O'Malley 2014

Dissertation: Writing as a Social Practice: How Interaction and Circulation are Enacted in the First-Year Writing Class
Current Position: Senior Instructional Designer/Editor at SOE Software
Professional Interests: composition practices, social media, professional communication

Matt Davis 2012

Dissertation: Rhetorical Composing: A Multimodal, Multimedia Model of Literacy
Current Position: Assistant Professor of English, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Professional Interests: literacy studies, technology and composition, composition theory and pedagogy, and collaborative learning and writing

Scott Gage 2011

Dissertation: Creating the Cult: Image-Word in the Formation of a Supremacist Community
Current Position: Assistant Professor of English, Texas A & M - San Antonio
Professional Interests: the rhetoric of white supremacy, specifically as expressed through lynching postcards; professional writing; rhetoric

Tony Ricks 2011

Dissertation: Communal Belief and Textual Invention: An Ethnographic Analysis of First-Year College Students' Writing Processes in a Living Learning Community
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Alabama A&M
Professional Interests: writing center theory and practice, composing theory and practice, community writing

Liane Robertson 2011

Dissertation: The Significance of Course Content in the Transfer of Writing Knowledge from First-Year Composition to Other Academic Contexts
Current Position: Assistant Professor of English, William Paterson University
Professional Interests: transfer, cross institutional research

Kara Taczak 2011

Dissertation: Connecting the Dots: Does Reflection Foster Transfer?
Current Position: Lecturer in English, University of Denver
Professional Interests: reflection and transfer, composition theories and practices

Terra Williams Bradley 2006

Dissertation: Student Discussion of Assigned Reading in Online First-Year Writing Courses
Current Position: Senior Editor, Office of Research in the College of Education, Florida State University
Professional Interests: educational funding for research, grant writing, proposals for federal, state, and local agencies and private foundations

Amy Hodges Hamilton 2005

Dissertation: Writing From the Inside Out: Connecting Self and Community in the First-Year Writing Classroom
Current position: Associate Professor of English, Belmont University
Professional Interests: writing and psychology, first-year writing, creative nonfiction

Dan Melzer 2003

Dissertation title: Assignments across the Curriculum: A Study of Writing in the Disciplines
Current position: University Reading and Writing Coordinator, California State University, Sacramento
Professional Interests: writing across the curriculum, writing centers, multiple literacies

Deborah Coxwell-Teague 1990

Dissertation: The Effects of College-Level Academic SkillsTest Instruction on the Development of First-Year Writers
Current Position: Research Associate, Director of First-Year Composition, Florida State University
Professional Interests: composition pedagogy, writing program administration, mentoring