2018 Annual Conference Program
Inventing Pathways and Possibilities:
Enacting the Promise of Rhetoric and Writing Undergraduate Programs
October 11-12, 2018
Austin, Texas
Thursday, October 11

8:00 – 9:00 am


Elenore Long, Arizona State University

KEYNOTE / Creekside I

Undergraduate Rhetoric and Writing Studies and the Hard Problem of Intersubjectivity

Dylan Dryer, University of Maine

9:15 - 10:30 am

PANEL / Creekside I

Designing a Writing Studies Major Amid Shifting Institutional Priorities


Internship Program Design in Writing and Rhetoric Programs: The “Whys” and “Hows”

Lara Smith-Stitton, Kennesaw State University

Professionalizing and Mentoring Rhetoric and Writing Students for the Entertainment Industries

    Sergio Figueiredo, Kennesaw State University

Navigating a Curriculum Development Maze with New Colleagues Amid Shifting Institutional Priorities

    Elizabeth Giddens, Kennesaw State University


PANEL / Creekside II

Inventions and Innovations in Rhetoric and Writing Studies Pathways


Inventing a Rhetoric and Writing Pathway, from the Community College to the University

Steven Accardi, College of DuPage

Peter Vandenburg, DePaul University

Introduction to Writing Studies Courses, Navigating Disciplinarity through Curricular Innovations

Anne Zanzucchi, University of California, Merced

Paul Gibbons, University of California, Merced

Developing a Writing Studies Major at a New Research University

Anne Zanzucchi, University of California, Merced

Paul Gibbons, University of California, Merced

10:45 am - Noon

PANEL / Creekside I

Approaching the (Re)Design of Writing Majors: Contexts of Research, Forms of Inquiry, and Recommendations for Faculty


Michael-John DePalma, Baylor University

Danielle Williams, Baylor University

Coretta Pittman, Baylor University


PANEL / Creekside II

Writing for Public Life with First Year Writers


Suzanne Webb, Southwestern College

Kaylene Gonzalez, Southwestern College, Undergraduate Student

Taryn Walter, Southwestern College, Undergraduate Student

Noon – 1:15pm

POSTER SESSION / Creekside Foyer


Press Play On Composition: Transmodal Composing Across the Disciplines

Leah Senatro, Santa Clara University, Undergraduate Student


Chicanx-Rhetorics #chi-rhetorics

Thomas De La Cruz, University of Texas at Rio Grande

Marlene Galven, University of Texas at Rio Grande


Beyond L2: Designing Bilingual Professional Writing Courses

Terry Quezada, University of Texas at El Paso

Theresa Donovan, University of Texas at El Paso


Signs as Motivated Conjunctions of Meaning and Form in Student-Created Brochures

Shuv Raj Rana Bhat, University of Texas at El Paso

Assessing digital multimodal texts

Ashok Bhusal, University of Texas at El Paso


Mentoring Ethos: Teaching Research as Essential Praxis

Mary DeNora, Texas Tech University


Building Scholarly Ethos: Yes, Undergraduate Students Can!

Claire Oldham, Texas Tech University


Quasi-WPA: Administration and Precarity

Andrew Hollinger, University of Texas at Rio Grand Valley

Manuel Piña, St. Edward’s University

Jessie Borgman, Arizona State University


Experiencing Experimental Writing and Experiential Learning in Freshman Composition

Rachel Spear, Francis Marion University

PANEL / Creekside II

Writing Programs and Stakeholder Perspectives: Integrating Different Voices in Program Administration


Christopher Toth, Grand Valley State University

Laurence José, Grand Valley State University


1:30 - 2:45 pm

PANEL /Creekside I

Rhetorical Instruction, Ethical Reasoning and Intellectual Honesty


Graduate Student Instructors Using Rhetoric as a Defense Against “Fake News”: Classroom and Programmatic Strategies

Rachel Green-Howard, University of Delaware

“The Thin Line Between Lying and Bullshit: Anti-Intellectualism and the Necessity of Intellectual Honesty”

Bruce Bowles, Jr. , Texas A&M University - Central Texas

Visual Displays of Data about Environmental Issues: From Generating Ideas to Developing Ethical Arguments for Social Justice

Sue Hum, University of Texas at San Antonio

PANEL / Creekside II

Redesigning the TTU FYW Program: From Distributed Assessment and WAC Again


Pros and cons of TTU’s First-Year Writing distributed assessment model

Rich Rice, Texas Tech University

Administrative challenges with overhauling a First Year Writing Program

        Brian Still, Texas Tech University

Designing and implementing a programmatic redesign in one year

        Michael Faris, Texas Tech University


3:00 – 4:15 pm

PANEL  / Creekside I

High Impact Pedagogical Practices for Promoting Intercultural Understanding Across Communities


Framing Community Issues Through Multiple Perspectives: Student-Created Community Issue Guides

Abigail Koenig, Texas Tech University

Foodways as a Portal to Intercultural Competency in the Classroom

Janene Amyx Davidson, Texas Tech University

The High Impact Classroom: Reinventing Student, Campus, and Community

Mary De Nora, Texas Tech University

High Impact Practices Outside the Classroom: Student Ownership and Engagement in Higher Education

Claire Oldham, Texas Tech University

PANEL / Creekside II

“A writing program that is more than a writing program”: Writing Matters at a Public University

Allison Craig, University of Albany

Llana Carroll, University of Albany

Bethany Clerico, University of Albany

4:30 – 5:45 pm

PANEL / Creekside I

Engaging Troubling Times: Explorations in Rhetorical Citizenship

Making What We Can Do Work For All of Us: Creating a Place for Rhetoric and Writing Studies

Corrine Hinton, Texas A&M University - Texarkana

Covert Civic Engagement: Black Women in the Civil Rights Movement Archives

Christian Pippins, Texas A&M University - Texarkana

Finding Justice in a World of Fake News: How Parkland Student-Activists Advocate in the Current Media Environment

Esther Pippins, Texas A&M University - Texarkana


PANEL / Creekside II

The multiplicity of pedagogical possibilities in San Antonio: Local Sites of Inquiry and InventionMeeting Military in the

Writing Classroom: Creating Rhetorical Spaces for our Veterans

Jennifer Keizer, University of Texas at San Antonio

Jamie Crosswhite, University of Texas at San Antonio

Reimagining Audience and Engagement: Small Business and Local Charity Involvement in Technical Writing Instruction

Michael Gallaway, University of Texas at San Antonio

6:00 - 7:00pm

Newcomers’ Welcome / The Yard

Please drop in any time from 6-7pm in The Yard, an indoor-outdoor restaurant and bar at the Sheraton, to catch upwith old friends and/or make new connections. We’re a young organization and generally a pretty down-to-earth group. If you feel like hanging out for a bit, we’d love to get to know you better. 

Friday, October 12

8:00 – 9:15 am

PANEL / Creekside I

Complementary Goals: Designing and Scaffolding a Writing and Research Partnership from General Education Writing Courses Into the Majors


Manuel Piña,, St. Edward’s University

Brittney Johnson, St. Edward’s University

Moriah McCracken, St. Edward’s University

MEETING / Creekside II

ARWS Board Meeting


9:30 - 10:45 am

PANEL / Creekside I

Interactive Design, Digital Writing, and Visual Rhetoric


If You Build It, Will They Use It: Encouraging Digital Composing

Jeff Naftzinger, Trinity College

Drawing and Shading Pathways and Possibilities: Building Upon One’s Avatar and Love of Comic Books to Re-energize Student Writing Engagement and Expression

Jonathan Evans, Claflin University

Visual Rhetoric as Network: Making Visual Displays of Numerical Data on Climate Change More Interactive and Persuasive    

John Saldana, University of Texas at San Antonio, Undergraduate Student

Sue Hum, University of Texas at San Antonio

PANEL / Creekside II

Community Engagement and Undergraduate Research in Professional and Technical Writing Courses


Navigating Complexities and Pathways of Sustainable Community-based Writing Curriculum

Michele Simmons, Miami University

Opportunities for Social Justice Oriented Undergraduate Research in Professional Writing at a Small Liberal Arts College

Hannah Bellwoar, Juniata College

From Writing Major Student to Writing Major Instructor: Navigating Civic Engagement in a Business Writing Course

Mandy Olejnik, Miami University

11:00 am - 12:15 pm

PANEL / Creekside I

New Materialism and Material Distribution: Instructional and Programmatic Concerns


“The (New) Material(ism) of Writing Instruction”

Brooke Covington, Virginia Tech University

Material Witnesses Because (Wo)men Matter

Jennifer Wilhite, University of Texas at El Paso

College Writing and Beyond

Lynn Rhodes, University of South Carolina - Aiken


“It’s Finally All Happening! But What Now?: Lessons Learned and Things to Watch for in Revamping a Established Undergraduate Writing and Rhetoric Major”


Drew Loewe, St. Edward’s University

Mary Rist, St. Edward’s University

Amy Clements, St. Edward’s University

Beth Eakman, St. Edward’s University

12:30 – 1:30 pm

MEETING / Creekside I

Association of Rhetoric & Writing Studies (ARWS) Business Meeting

• Please join your colleagues in Creekside I for a brief but important ARWS business meeting that will shape the future form and professional activities of the Association.


Note. This meeting is BYOL (Bring Your Own Lunch). Due to the very short duration of the meeting, please purchase or prepare a lunch before 12:30 so that the meeting can begin at 12:30 exactly. 

Order forms will be available at the registration desk. If you would like to purchase a salad or sandwich, from The Yard, please turn in the order forms and pay ARWS staff by 9:15 a.m. on Friday. Lunches will be available for pick up at 12:15pm at the bar. Alternatively, you can grab a sandwich, salad, or snack at the Swing Inn, a to-go shop in the Sheraton lobby. 


1:45 – 3:00 pm

ROUNDTABLE / Creekside I

Undergraduate Writing Programs in Liberal Arts Colleges


Carie King, Taylor University

Jacob Craig, College of Charleston

Jan Osborn, Chapman University

Heather Lang, Susquehanna University

Alba Newmann Holmes, Swarthmore College


PANEL / Creekside II

Navigating Labor Politics and Programmatic Priorities


Who Gets to Teach in the Rhetoric and Writing Major? Negotiating Tensions Between Non-Tenure-Track and Tenurable Faculty

Doug Downs, Montana State University

Complexities of Prioritizing and Planning for Program Expansion

Cynthia McPherson, Tarleton State University

Katrina Hinson, Tarleton State University

The Impact of Student Success Initiative Programs on Transnational Instructors of FYC

Stephen Boakye, University of Texas at El Paso


3:15 – 4:30 pm

PANEL / Creekside I

Difference, Deliberation and Self-Other Relationality


Combating Neoliberal Neutrality through Intersectional Coalitions of Difference

Kristen Bennett, Arizona State University

Creating Deliberative Safe Space for Performance of Self in the Writing Classroom

Sonya Eddy, University of Texas at San Antonio

"The Activist UnEssay: Assessing, Deliberating, Responding”

Jacob Richter, Clemson University

PANEL / Creekside II

Exploring the Promises of Common Curricula and Careers in Rhetoric and Writing Studies


Common Topics in Curricular Proposals for Undergraduate Programs in Rhetoric and Writing

Stuart Blythe, Michigan State University

“Careers begin in WRD”: The Stickiness of the Writing and Rhetoric Major in Higher Education

Michael Pennell, U of Kentucky

Fulfilling the Promises of our Curricula? An Alumni Study of an Undergraduate Concentration in Writing and Rhetoric

Travis Maynard, Florida State University

4:45 – 6:00 pm

PANEL / Creekside I

Varieties of experiential experience


Institutional Conditions I: Status Quo Ante

Kim  Michasiw, York University

Assumptions, Intentions – Writing Conflict and Desire

Kerry Doyle, York University

An Instance: Balancing Theory and Practice in a Fourth Year Experiential Capstone

Marlene Bernholtz, York University

Institutional Conditions II: Things Change

Kim  Michasiw, York University

All That’s Left Behind, Enduring

Dunja Baus, York University


PANEL / Creekside II

Programmatic Design and Rhetorical Assessment of Undergraduate Learning


Inventing Rhetorical Assessment: The Promise of the Learning Record

Kendall Gerdes, Texas Tech University

Designing an Integrated Undergraduate Writing Major: WID and Rhetorical Studies as Factors in the Dialogue

Kelly Belanger, Valparaiso University

Is (Classical) Rhetoric Programmatic?

Mark Noe, University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley