2022 College Committee - NCTE

NCTE College Section Steering Committee

 

Professor of English, Western Michigan University; Director, Third Coast Writing Project. Formerly: President, Michigan Council of Teachers of English; NCTE Editorial Board, NCTE Task Force on Journals; ELATE Nominating Committee; English Education Search Committee; ACE Fellow. Areas of Expertise: English education, composition. Memberships: NCTE, NWP, ELATE, MCTE, ELATE Commission on Writing Teacher Education. Awards: MCTE Fries Award for English Education, Michigan Association of State Universities Distinguished Professor WMU Nominee. Publications: Grammar to Enhance and Enrich Student Writing, But Will It Work with Real Students? Scenarios for Teaching ELA, English Journal, English Education, CCC, Pedagogy, Language Arts Journal of Michigan, Teaching/Writing, Writers Who Care. Program Contributions: NCTE, CCCC, NWP, MCTE.

How has NCTE provided a professional home for you?

NCTE has been an essential part of my career. Throughout my work both as a teacher and as an academic at the university level, NCTE’s people, connections, and ideas inspired my work and scholarly directions. My professional worldview and perspectives have developed from my interaction with NCTE and all the colleagues and friendships I’ve developed over the years. I treasure the resources, community, connections, and energy of NCTE, and its commitment to equity and justice.

How does your current work in your career, community, and/or classroom contribute to NCTE’s mission and vision, and demonstrate alignment with NCTE’s commitment to equity and justice? How have your personal strengths and experiences contributed to making positive change(s) in the profession?

As a teacher educator, my work focuses on helping new ELA teachers create perspectives and practices. As our world has developed, so has my own research and teaching. My classes engage future teachers in ideas of justice and equity and explore key issues in teaching alongside community organizations and committed, passionate teachers in diverse settings. My scholarship works with teachers and their students through writing and reading practices to engage positively in a democratic society.

What is your rationale for seeking this office? What would you like to accomplish while in office?

NCTE leaders shape and grow the direction of the organization and help teachers and scholars connect, grow, and develop as professionals and public scholars who advocate for social justice, equity, and inclusion in their classrooms and communities. Serving on the College Section allows me to represent the College constituency while also growing connections and collaborative opportunities throughout NCTE to meet the changing and evolving needs of all our members and our profession.

NCTE College Section Nominating Committee

 

Present Position: Assistant Professor of Rhetoric, Professional and Technical Writing, Virginia Tech. Areas of Expertise: professional and technical writing, crisis communication, digital rhetorics. Memberships: NCTE, RSA, SIGDOC. Awards: 2021 CCCC Outstanding Dissertation Award in Technical Communication-Honorable Mention. Publications: Programmatic Perspective, Technical Communications, Journal of Business and Technical Communications, enculturation, Sparks4C4Equality journal, Xchanges, Journal of Technology education, International Journal of Technology and Design Education, among others. Forthcoming book project entitled Transnational Assemblages: Social Justice Oriented Technical Communication in Global Disaster Management. Grants: SIGDOC Career Advancement Grant, CPTSC Grant, CCCCs Research Initiative Grant.

How has NCTE provided a professional home for you?

NCTE has provided space for me to present my research and has presented me with various awards. NCTE is now the home for my forthcoming book.

How does your current work in your career, community, and/or classroom contribute to NCTE’s mission and vision, and demonstrate alignment with NCTE’s commitment to equity and justice? How have your personal strengths and experiences contributed to making positive change(s) in the profession?

As an international scholar of color, I want to support NCTE’s work and mission toward contributing to supporting BIPOC teachers, researchers, and educators. Through my scholarship as well as teaching, I aim to build coalitions and communities that attempts to dismantle social inequities.

What is your rationale for seeking this office? What would you like to accomplish while in office?

This is my first time applying for this role, which I am really excited about. I thrive to create spaces for scholars like me, and hence through this role I would like to create space for equitable nominations in various committees such that tokenization doesn’t happen.

NCTE College Section Nominating Committee. Doctoral candidate, University of Michigan; teacher educator, University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University; Diversity, Inclusion, Justice, Equity Chair, Michigan Council of Teachers of English (MCTE). Formerly: high school English teacher for 13 years. Areas of Expertise: justice, secondary English teacher preparation, pedagogical content knowledge, writing studies, collaboration, humanizing qualitative research. Memberships: NCTE, ALAN, ELATE (ELA teacher educators), MCTE. Awards: NCTE Affiliate Multicultural Program Award (2020). Publications: articles in Language Arts Journal of Michigan, English Journal, Written Communication, Writing Across the Curriculum. Program Contributions: presentations at NCTE, CCCC, ELATE, MCTE.

How has NCTE provided a professional home for you?

Since I joined as a high school English teacher, NCTE has been a community of like-minded educators who affirm and productively challenge my teaching decisions. Using NCTE networks, I have connected with other teachers and teacher educators nationally and at the state affiliate to provide programming and support for secondary teachers and teacher educators. By connecting with specific groups (i.e., ALAN, ELATE), I have cultivated collaborations to reflect on my teaching practices.

How does your current work in your career, community, and/or classroom contribute to NCTE’s mission and vision and demonstrate alignment with NCTE’s commitment to equity and justice? How have your personal strengths and experiences contributed to making positive change(s) in the profession?

My research and teaching center what is meant by justice in secondary English language arts teacher preparation, how teacher educators and preservice teachers take up those ideas, and how those ideas move from teacher preparation into secondary classrooms. In my research, teaching, and service, I consider ways that teacher educators and teachers can make literacy learning transformative for students and our world, imagining and building spaces where all student identities are recognized and valued.

What is your rationale for seeking this office? What would you like to accomplish while in office?

My position as a thirteen-year high school English teacher and four-year teacher educator and researcher offer experience and scholarship that can bridge the gap between teacher preparation and secondary English language arts classrooms. While in office, I will identify candidates for the College Section Steering Committee who understand the unique concerns of teacher educators and secondary teachers so that we may work in concert with each other.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Education, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY. Formerly: high school ELA instructor for seven years; professional development coach in New York City. Area of Expertise: critical multimodal literacies. Memberships: NCTE, NCTEAR, LRA, AERA. Award: NCTE Cultivating New Voices among Scholars of Color Fellow (2018-2020). Publications: English Journal, Journal of Literacy Research, Multicultural Perspectives, Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education. Program Contributions: presentations at NCTE, AERA, NCTEAR.

How has NCTE provided a professional home for you?

NCTE offers supportive spaces for practitioners and researchers to co-create learning spaces that foreground love and justice. As a former Cultivating New Voices fellow, I have been inspired by the company of scholars of color who have led with generosity and humanizing praxis. In addition, in my work with teachers and pre-service educators, I regularly point to NCTE journals, conferences, and workshops as rich sources of community and professional support.

How does your current work in your career, community, and/or classroom contribute to NCTE’s mission and vision, and demonstrate alignment with NCTE’s commitment to equity and justice? How have your personal strengths and experiences contributed to making positive change(s) in the profession?

My research, teaching, and community engagement roles have been led by principles of equity and justice. My most recent publications, for instance, have traced how multiply marginalized students have expressed their complex identities and depth of knowledge using critical multimodalities. I have also presented at the 2021 NCTE Annual Convention on racial identity formation, to help educators better understand their own racial identity positions in order to affirm the strengths of culturally and racially diverse learners.

What is your rationale for seeking this office? What would you like to accomplish while in office?

As a committee member, I would help ensure that NCTE recruits and elects advocates and leaders who will steward a mission of advancing access, power, and agency for all learners. I am committed to expanding inclusive, racially just, and culturally affirming learning spaces, and it is in this spirit that I would be honored to serve in the College Section Nominating Committee.