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


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. Read more…

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Megan Garver


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. Read more…

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James Watson Hammond


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


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. Read more…


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Sarah Hughes


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. Read more…


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Rusi (Ruth) Li


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. Read more…

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Naitnaphit Limlamai


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. Read more…

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Ryan McCarty


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. Read more…

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Andrew Moos


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

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Cassandra (Casey) Otemuyiwa


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. Read more…


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Molly Parsons


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


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. Read more…

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Kendon Smith


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. Read more…


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Michelle Sprouse


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. Read more…

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Elizabeth Tacke


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. Read more…

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Kathryn (Katie) Van Zanen


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. Read more…

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Kristin vanEyk


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. Read more…

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Kelly Wheeler


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

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Emily Wilson


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 investigates how educators facilitate critical discussions of sociocultural issues. Read more…

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Crystal Zanders


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