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.

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Jathan Day

jedayak@umich.edu

Jathan’s research interests include digital literacies, online pedagogy, and disability studies. He is currently researching teachers’ and students’ perceptions of online participation in course management systems.


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Megan Garver

megcarls@umich.edu

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.


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James Watson Hammond

jamwham@umich.edu

James Hammond’s research centers on the social and intellectual histories of writing assessment, and on educational measurement history and theory.


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Michael Hoffman

mrmike@umich.edu

Michael is looking forward to spending his time in  the E&E program thinking about how peer response can help students not only with their writing  skills, but also with social and emotional learning.

 


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Sarah Hughes

sbhghs@umich.edu

Sarah’s research centers on narrative discourse: how the stories we tell reveal insight into ideology and how stories can activate audiences toward social action.

 


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Rusi (Ruth) Li

ruthli@umich.edu

Ruth Li’s interests include writing development, composition pedagogy, and digital literacies; her current project examines linguistic and metacognitive approaches to studying college students’ writing.


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Naitnaphit Limlamai

limlamai@umich.edu

Naitnaphit Limlamai studies secondary English methods courses and their instructors. Specifically, she studies how methods instructors conceptualize the discipline of English and the implications of that conceptualization on their courses.


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Ryan McCarty

ryanmcca@umich.edu

Ryan McCarty’s research focuses on the ways that translation impacts much of the learning that students do, from its effects on multilingual students, to its role in developing disciplinary knowledges and identities.


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Andrew Moos

amoos@umich.edu

Andrew is interested in exploring the social nature of responding to student writing.


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Cassandra (Casey) Otemuyiwa

cotemuyi@umich.edu

Casey is interested in teacher education and the linguistics of writing development in secondary English language arts and college composition classes. She has taught in the English Department Writing Program and in the School of Education’s teacher education program.

 


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Molly Parsons

mbparson@umich.edu

Molly is interested in the potential for teaching civic discourse through writing instruction in classrooms and writing centers. In her dissertation, she is considering the possible role of conflict and controversy in writing center consultations.


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Adrienne Raw

araw@umich.edu

Adrienne’s research interests in fan and media studies are founded in a lifelong interest and involvement in fandom and fan culture. She is also interested in corpus linguistics, adaptation theory, digital media and literacy, and the pedagogical theories and practices of teacher training.


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Kendon Smith

kendon@umich.edu

Kendon’s research interests include writing pedagogy, teacher education, and sociolinguistics. This involves exploring what teachers know and believe about language and the extent to which these beliefs and knowledge are reflected in teaching practices.

 


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Michelle Sprouse

sprouse@umich.edu

Michelle Sprouse is a third-year student in JPEE. Her current research focuses on social annotation as a tool for improving reading in first-year composition.


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Elizabeth Tacke

etacke@umich.edu

Elizabeth Tacke’s research is situated within life writing, disability studies, and rhetoric, and her dissertation project explores how women negotiate disclosures of disability and trauma.


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Kathryn (Katie) Van Zanen

vanzanen@umich.edu

Katie’s research interests include writing as social action, teaching for citizenship, and constructing authority in the first year writing classroom. She teaches first-year writing in the university’s English Department Writing Program.


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Kristin vanEyk

kvaneyk@umich.edu

Kristin’s research with multidialectal and multilingual students collects and analyses how students talk about the roles their languages play in the writing classroom, and interrogates how notions of standardization affect these students’ composition experiences.


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Kelly Wheeler

kellynnw@umich.edu

Kelly’s research interests include composition and rhetoric with an emphasis in multimodality, new materialism, and visual rhetoric.


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Emily Wilson

emwilso@umich.edu

Growing up in the Air Force gave Emily the chance to live all over the United States and also gave her a desire to study literacy-based approaches for helping military-connected students thrive in the classroom.


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Elizabeth (Adelay) Witherite

adelay@umich.edu

Adelay investigates how educators facilitate critical discussions of sociocultural issues.


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Crystal Zanders

czanders@umich.edu

Crystal is interested in literacy studies and race-related rhetorical analysis.