Dissertations and Placement

2016

Justin Sevenker, Lorain County Community College, Assistant Professor (TTS), Department of English

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Dissertation Title: “Old English Composition: Literacy and the History of English in the United States”

Chair: Stephen L. Carr 

Readers: Hannah Johnson, Annette Vee, Peggy Knapp (English, Carnegie Mellon University)

 

2015

Trisha Campbell, Salisbury University, Assistant Professor, Department of English

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Dissertation Title: “Public History and Social Archives: Toward a New Look at Murder in the 21st Century”

Chair: Stephen L. Carr

Readers: Paul Kameen, Annette Vee, and Brenton J. Malin (Communication)

 

Jessica Isaac, Associate Director, Books@Work, (Cleveland, OH)

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Dissertation Title: “Compliant Circulation: Children's Writing, American Periodicals, and Public Culture, 1839-1882”

Chair: Jean Ferguson Carr

Readers: David Bartholomae, Stephen L. Carr, Courtney Weikle-Mills, Amanda Godley (Instruction and Learning, School of Education)

 

Peter Wayne Moe, Seattle Pacific University, Assistant Professor of English (TTS) and Director of Campus Writing

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Dissertation Title: “Toward a Rhetoric of Syntactic Delivery”

Chair: David Bartholomae

Readers: Don Bialostosky, Cory Holding, Paul Kameen, and Bruce Horner (English, University of Louisville)

 

Jarrell D. Wright

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Dissertation Title: “Dancing before the Lord: Renaissance Ludics and Incarnational Discourse”

Chair: John Twyning

Readers: Colin MacCabe, Jennifer Waldron, Peggy Knapp (Department of English, Carnegie Mellon University)

 

2014

Erin Anderson, Assistant Professor of English (TTS), University of Pittsburgh

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Dissertation Title: “The Material Poetics of Digital Voice: A Creative-Critical Inquiry”

Chair: Don Bialostosky

Readers: Stephen L. Carr, Neepa Majumdar, Lisa Jackson Schebetta (Theatre Arts)

 

Nathaniel Heggins Bryant, Visiting Assistant Professor (NTS), Dept. of English, Lycoming College

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Dissertation Title: “Working in the Belly of the Beast: The Productive Intellectual Labor of US Prison Writers, 1929-2007.”

Chair: Philip Smith

Readers: David Bartholomae, Nick Coles, Sabine von Dirke (German)

 

Danielle Koupf, Assistant Professor of Composition Studies (TTS), Wichita State University

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Dissertation Title: “Invention through Textual Reuse: Toward Pedagogies of Critical-Creative Tinkering”

Chair: Stephen L. Carr

Readers: Don Bialostosky, Jean Ferguson Carr, John Lyne (Communication)

 

Pamela VanHaitsma, Assistant Professor of English (TTS), Old Dominion University

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Dissertation Title: “Teaching and Learning ‘the language of the heart’: Rhetorical Education for Romantic Engagement”

Chair: Don Bialostosky and Jessica Enoch (Language, Writing, and Rhetoric, University of Maryland)

Readers: Jean Ferguson Carr, Nancy Glazener

 

2013

Jean Bessette, Assistant Professor of English (TTS), University of Vermont

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Dissertation Title: “Composing Historical Activism: Anecdotes, Archives, and Multimodality in Rhetorics of Lesbian History”

Chairs: Jean Ferguson Carr and Jessica Enoch (Language, Writing, and Rhetoric; University of Maryland)

Readers: David Bartholomae, Annette Vee, Lester Olson (Communication)

 

Steph Ceraso, Assistant Professor of Digital Writing and Rhetoric (TTS), University of Virginia

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Dissertation Title: “Sounding Composition, Composing Sound: Multimodal Listening, Bodily Pedagogies, and Everyday Experience”

Chair: Don Bialostosky

Readers: Stephen L. Carr, Annette Vee, Jessica Enoch (Language, Writing, and Rhetoric, University of Maryland)

 

2012

Hannah Gerrard, Lecturer (TTS) English and Media Studies, Massey University, New Zealand

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Dissertation Title: “The Teaching of Writing and the Public Work of the Transnational University”

Chair: Stephen Carr


Readers: David Bartholomae, Jamie Bianco, James Seitz, Amanda Godley (Instruction and Learning, School of Education)

 

Ryan Smith Madan, Assistant Teaching Professor (NTS) and Writing Center Director, Department of Humanities and Arts, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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Dissertation Title: “Narrative Disruptions in Composition's Culture of Scholarship”

Chair: James Seitz

Readers: Mariolina Salvatori, Paul Kameen, Gonzalo Lamano

 

Dahliani Reynolds, Assistant Professor of Writing Studies (TTS), Rhetoric, and Composition, Roger Williams University

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Dissertation Title: “Composition and Public Engagements: Project English, NEH Seminars, and the National Writing Project”


Co-chairs: Don Bialostosky and Jessica Enoch (English, University of Maryland)


Readers: David Bartholomae, Nicholas Coles


 

2011

Stacey Waite, Assistant Professor (TTS), University of Nebraska

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Dissertation Title: “Teaching Queer: Possibilities for Writing, Reading, and Knowing”

Chair: James Seitz

Readers: David Bartholomae, Mariolina Salvatori, Todd Reeser (French and Italian Languages and Literatures)

 

2010

Jennifer Whatley Schwartz, Senior Communications Analyst, Government Accountability Office


Dissertation Title: “Writing with Readers: Written Comments and the Teaching of Composition”


Chair: Kathryn Flannery


Readers: Mariolina Salvatori, David Bartholomae, Don Bialostosky, Adam Shear (Religious Studies)

 

2008

Jean A. Grace, Senior Lecturer in English (NTS) and Director of the Public and Professional Writing Program, The University of Pittsburgh

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Dissertation Title: “Working Knowledge: Composition and the Teaching of Professional Writing”

Chair: Jean Ferguson Carr

Readers: David Bartholomae, Paul Kameen, Noreen B. Garman (Administrative and Policy Studies, School of Education)

 

Tara Lockhart, Associate Professor, English (TTS), San Francisco State University


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Dissertation Title: “Revising the Essay: Intellectual Arenas and Hybrid Forms”


Chair: David Bartholomae


Readers: Don Bialostosky, Nancy Glazener, Jacquelyn Jones Royster (English, Ohio State University), Mariolina Salvatori

 

Margaret Stahr, Assistant Professor, English, and Director of the Writing Center, Catawba College


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Dissertation Title: "'As If Through Another's Eyes': A Study of Peer Tutoring and First-Year Students' REvision Behaviors"


Chair: Stephen L. Carr


Readers: Jean Ferguson Carr, James Seitz, and Amanda
 Godley (Instruction and Learning, School of Education)

 

2007

Malkiel Choseed, Associate Professor, English/Reading/Communication, Onondaga Community College

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Dissertation Title: “Representations of Teaching, Curriculum Reform, and the Formation of Collegiate English”


Chair: Jean Ferguson Carr


Readers: Paul Kameen, John Twyning, Dennis Looney

 

Ellen Gerber Carillo, Associate Professor / Writing Coordinator, Waterbury Campus, University of Connecticut

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Dissertation Title: “Modernist Pedagogies: Conrad, Wolf, Pound, and the Reading Public”


Co-Chairs: James Seitz and Troy Boone


Readers: Colin MacCabe, Phil Watts (French and Italian Languages and Literatures)

 

Brenda M. Glascott, Assistant Professor of Humanities, Portland State University


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Dissertation Title: “The Ends of Literacy Education: Evangelical Protestantism and the Nineteenth-Century Origins of Contemporary Writing Instruction”


Chair: Kathryn Flannery


Readers: Stephen L. Carr, Nancy Glazener, Donna Strickland

 

Kirstin M. Hanley, Assistant Professor, English, SUNY Fredonia


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Dissertation Title: “Redefining Didactic Convention: Mary Wollstonecraft and Feminist Discourses of Appropriation”


Chair: Stephen L. Carr


Readers: Don Bialostosky, Jean Ferguson Carr, Amanda Godley (Instruction and Learning, School of Education)

 

Holly Middleton, Associate Professor of English and Director of First-Year Writing, High Point University

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Dissertation Title: “Literacies of Membership: The Nineteenth-Century Politics of Access”

Chair: Stephen L.Carr

Readers: Mariolina Salvatori, James Seitz, Carol Stabile (Communication, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

 

2006

Christopher Warnick, Assistant Professor, English, College of Charleston, South Carolina


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Dissertation Title: “Student Writing, Politics, and Style, 1962-1979”


Chair: Jean Ferguson Carr


Readers: David Bartholomae, James Seitz, Lester Olson (Communication)

 

2005

Richard E. Parent, Senior Instructional Designer, University of New England 


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Dissertation Title: “The Digital Affect: A Rhetorical Hermeneutic for Reading, Writing, and Understanding Narrative in Contemporary Literature and New Media”

Chair: Mariolina Salvatori


Readers: Philip Smith, James Seitz, Stuart Moulthrop

 

2002

Patricia Sullivan, Lecturer and Writing Center Director, University of Virginia

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Dissertation Title: “Avant-Garde Composition: Pedagogies of Experimental Writing”


Chair: James Seitz


Readers:  Jonathan Arac, Paul Kameen, Kathryn Flannery

 

2001

Christine Abbott, Professor, Director of Writer’s Center, LaRoche College


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Dissertation Title: “Heresies, Dreams, and Emotions Reclaimed: Feminist Refigurings of Composition’s Outposts”


Chair: Jean Ferguson Carr


Readers: James Seitz, Lorraine Higgins, Noreen Garman

 

Anne A. Stafford, deceased 2014, formerly Lecturer, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Dissertation Title: “Looking at Voice in Composition through the Lens of Drama from Rhetoric to Roleplay: Twentieth-Century Dramatic Pedagogies”


Co-Chairs: Joseph Harris and Philip Smith


Readers: James Seitz, Stephen M. Koziol, Jr.

 

1999

Linda Huff-Paul, Marketing Writer at Lincoln Financial Group and Freelance Editor


Dissertation Title: “Mapping Voices: Reading the Textual Discourses of Emerging Black Public Intellectual Women”


Chair: Joseph Harris


Readers: Toi Derricotte, Nancy Glazener, Maurine Porter (School of Education)

 

John Nichols, Assistant Professor and Director of Film Studies, Christopher Newport University


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Dissertation Title: “Instituting Interpretation: Amateurs and Advice Texts”


Co-Chairs: Susan Harris Smith and Mariolina Salvatori


Readers: David Bartholomae, Jean Ferguson Carr, David Shumway

 

Cherise Pollard, Associate Professor, English, West Chester University


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Dissertation Title: "'They Can Burn All the Papers But They Can't Burn Conscious': An Exploration of the Problematics of Historical Experience in African-American Culture
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Chair: Jean Ferguson Carr


Readers: Kirk Savage, Brenda F. Berrian, Jonathan Arac, Jim Knapp

 

Julia Sawyer, Early Childhood Consultant, Williamsport, PA


Dissertation Title: “Telling Time: Temporality and the Educational Enterprise”


Chair: David Bartholomae


Readers: Jonathan Arac, Jean Ferguson Carr, Tony Petrosky

 

1998

Gwendolen Gorzelsky, Associate Professor, English, Executive Director of the Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT), Colorado State University

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Dissertation Title: “Echoes Half Heard: Community Activists, Collective Moments”


Chair: David Bartholomae


Readers: Jonathan Arac, Stephen L. Carr, Marianne Novy, James Thompson

 

James Zukowski, Associate Professor, English, Lake Superior State University


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Dissertation Title: “Negotiating Reading and Writing through History: The British Novel and Other Instructional Texts, 1740-1829”


Chair: Stephen L. Carr


Readers: Mariolina Salvatori, James Seitz, Janelle Greenburg (History)

 

1997

Melanie Dawson, Assistant Professor, English, College of William and Mary

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Dissertation Title: “From Carnival to Nostalgia: The Play of Cultural Literacy in the Nineteenth-Century Parlor”


Chair: Jean Ferguson Carr


Readers: Joseph Harris, Susan Harris Smith, Paula Kane

 

Bianca Falbo, Associate Professor of English and Director of the College Writing Program, Lafayette College

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Dissertation Title: “Authorship and the Circulation of Literate Practices in the Anglo-American Field of Cultural Production, 1790-1860”


Chair: Jean Ferguson Carr


Readers: Joseph Harris, Stephen L. Carr, Nancy Glazener, Patrizia Lombardo (French and Italian Languages and Literatures)

 

1996

Jeff Galin, Associate Professor, English, Florida Atlantic University


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Dissertation Title: “Sixty Years of Multicultural Education Unmasked: A Study of Discursive Strategies and Institutional Practices”


Chair: Paul Kameen


Readers: Nicholas Coles, Michael Helfand, William Smith, Glynda Hull

 

Paula Kristofik, Associate Professor, English, Eastern Kentucky University

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Dissertation Title: “The Signification of Chalk: Teacher/Students-in-the-Classroom, John Dewey and U.S. Progressive Education, and the Desire of Pedagogy”


Chair: Mariolina Salvatori


Readers: David Bartholomae, Stephen L. Carr, Mark B. Ginsburg

 

Linda Jordan Platt, Professor, English, La Roche College

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Dissertation Title: “Learning to Read in the Real Sense: Stories of Reading and American Schooling”              


Chair: Jean Ferguson Carr


Readers: David Bartholomae, William L. Smith, Isabel Beck

 

Stephen Sutherland, Assistant Professor, English, University of Massachusetts Boston


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Dissertation Title: “In-Citing Change: The Pedagogical Politics of Revision and Citation”


Chair: David Bartholomae


Readers: Philip Smith, Mariolina Salvatori, Joseph Harris, 
Susan Wall

 

1995

Barbara McCarthy, Dean of Academic Affairs, Asnuntuck Community College


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Dissertation Title: “Riding the Brake: Disciplinary Change in Contemporary English Studies”


Chair: Paul Bové


Readers: Lynn Emanuel, David Bartholomae, Mariolina Salvatori, Iris Marion Young (Graduate School of Public and International Affairs)

 

Stephen Parks, Associate Professor of Writing and Rhetoric, Syracuse University


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Dissertation Title: “A History of ‘The Students’ Rights to Their Own Language’ Resolution as Promulgated by the Conference on College Composition and Communication, 1974”


Chair: Jonathan Arac


Readers: David Bartholomae, Joseph Harris, Nancy Glazener, John Beverley (Hispanic Languages and Literatures)

 

Matthew Willen, Associate Professor, English, Elizabethtown College

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Dissertation Title: “Composing Mountaineering: The Personal Narrative and the Production of Knowledge in the Alpine Club of London and the Appalachian Mountain Club, 1858-1900”


Chair: David Bartholomae


Readers: Philip Smith, Margaret Marshall, Mariolina Salvatori, Tony Petrosky

 

1994

Barbara Schroeder, Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC

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Dissertation Title: “Educating Female Subjects in England, 1780-1850: A Study of How the Literary and Cultural Representation of the Education of Women Illustrate the Ways in Which Education Both Subjugates and Empowers”


Chair: Stephen L. Carr


Readers: Carol Kay, Marianne Novy, Janelle Greenberg (History)

 

Kathleen Welsch, Associate Professor, English, Clarion University

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Dissertation Title: “19th-Century Composition: Relationships Between Pedagogical Concerns and Cultural Values in American Colleges, 1859-1890”


Chair: David Bartholomae


Readers: Jean Ferguson Carr, Joseph Harris, Noreen Gorman

 

1993

Rita Capezzi, Associate Professor, Canisius College

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Dissertation Title: “Materializing ‘Domesticity’: Women and the Material and Discursive Practices of Culture in the United States, 1800-1916”


Chair: Stephen L. Carr


Readers: Jonathan Arac, Jean Ferguson Carr, Patrizia Lombardo (French and Italian Languages and Literatures)

 

Donna Dunbar-Odom, Professor of English, Director of Graduate English Studies, Department of Literature and Languages, Texas A&M University - Commerce

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Dissertation Title: "Speaking for others: Failed Claims of Liberatory Pedagogy"


Chair: David Bartholomae


Readers: Jean Ferguson Carr, Mariolina Salvatori, Philip Smith

 

1992

Richard Miller, Professor, English, Rutgers University

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Dissertation Title: “Representing The People: The Problems and Promises of Popular Reading Practices”


Chair: David Bartholomae


Readers: Joseph Harris, Jane Feuer, Danae Clark