Our students are the heart and soul of our program and our greatest strength. Dedicated scholars and teachers and good departmental citizens, our students stand out for the professional support they offer each other. One of the highlights of our program is our weekly Chalk and Cheese lunch, an informal professional development seminar run by the third-year cohort for the benefit of the first- and second-year students.
Our students also work together on dissertation writing groups, and many are closely involved in campus and community groups. Explore the exciting work our students are doing or, to learn more about life in the program, contact our program ambassadors.
After graduating from Aquinas College and then teaching middle school English, Ann Burke earned her M.A. in English, with a concentration in rhetoric and composition, at Ball State University. Ann is currently a doctoral student in the Joint Program in English and Education at University of Michigan…Read more
Megan’s background in the sciences and healthcare communication inspired her to join Michigan’s interdisciplinary E&E program and pursue research in writing in the sciences, scientific and medical rhetoric, and examining how to better support women in the sciences.
Merideth Garcia’s research interests include the integration of multimodal and multimedia composition in high school curriculum and extracurricular participation and remix practices in online fan communities. Merideth is a field instructor in the School of Education for the Undergraduate…Read more
James Hammond’s research centers on the social and intellectual histories of writing assessment, and on educational measurement history and theory; his interests and influences include critical theory, education reform rhetoric, critical race theory, critical historiography…Read more
Lizzie Hutton’s work focuses on the way reading is conceptualized in and for the college writing classroom, especially as relates to the reading of literature. She is interested in the reading-writing connection, the various ways that different reading approaches are tied to critical thinking…Read more
Ben Keating’s research interests include antiracist pedagogy, critical race and whiteness theory, discourse analysis, and collaborative learning in the college writing classroom. Originally from Boston, MA, he holds a BA in English from Kenyon College and an MFA in creative writing (poetry) from UC Irvine…Read more
Anna Knutson is in her fourth year as a doctoral student in the Joint Program in English and Education, and her third year as a Graduate Student Research Assistant for the Sweetland Center for Writing. She was born and raised in Seattle, WA, where she studied English and Women Studies and worked…Read more
Naitnaphit Limlamai is a doctoral student in JPEE. As a result of 13 years of teaching high school English in public and private schools in Florida, Georgia, and New York, her research interests include a focus on curriculum and instruction, specifically social justice education for the urban and suburban elite and helping to ensure students from all income brackets receive a high quality education…Read more
Molly Parsonsis a doctoral candidate in JPEE. Originally from Minnesota, she earned her BA in English from Carleton College, where she also worked as a writing center consultant for three years. After that, she trained with Teach for America and taught middle and high school English in Las Vegas while earning her M.Ed, …Read more
Bonnie Tucker previously taught College Composition and ESL and worked in communications at a two-year college in downtown Chicago. Her research examines the ways that the for-profit university model transforms teaching and learning in the first-year writing classroom. Additionally…Read more
Kristin vanEyk is interested in rhetoric and composition and corpus linguistics, especially in the ways that secondary educators use language in the writing classroom. Her research will examine teachers’ use of language to build rapport and promote learning through their everyday interactions with students, through their digital communications, and through their written feedback on student compositions. Kristin is also interested in the teaching of writing and teacher education. Before beginning her doctoral studies, Kristin taught high school composition and nonfiction studies for 10 years in Grand Rapids, MI. She currently teaches English 125.