Curriculum Vitae


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Academic Employment

  • Assistant Director for Writing Across the Curriculum, University of Massachusetts Amherst Writing Center, 2016-2017
  • Online Instructor – College Writing, University of Massachusetts Continuing and Professional Education, Summer 2016
  • Assistant Director, University of Massachusetts Amherst Writing Center, 2014-2016
  • Junior Year Writing Coordinator, University of Massachusetts Amherst Writing Program, 2014-2016
  • Technology Fellows Coordinator, University of Massachusetts Amherst Writing Program, Spring 2015
  • Instructional Technology Consultant, University of Massachusetts Amherst Instructional Media Lab, 2011-2014
  • Teaching Associate, University of Massachusetts Amherst Writing Program, 2010-2013

Education

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst – Ph.D. in English, Program in Composition and Rhetoric, In Progress
    • Dissertation: “WAC/WID in the University: A Study of Institutional Discourse.”
      Directed by David Fleming, with Donna LeCourt and Stephen Gencarella
    • Comprehensive Exams: WAC/WID; Critical Discourse Analysis
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst – M.A. in English, 2013
  • University of Washington Seattle – B.A. in English, concentration in Creative Writing; B.A. in Law, Societies & Justice, minor in Disability Studies; June 2008

Awards and Honors

  • Michael Leff Award, Rhetoric Society of America Summer Institute, Madison, June 2015
  • Walker Gibson Prize for Graduate Writing in Composition and Rhetoric, University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of English, 2013
  • Technology Fellow, University of Massachusetts Amherst Writing Program, Fall 2011 to Spring 2012
  • Charles Moran Fellowship, University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of English, 2010

Publications

  • Grandy, Travis. “Review: Toward a New Rhetoric of Difference.” The WAC Journal 26.1 (Fall 2016): 155-161. Print.
  • “Value, Authority & Choice: The Products of Institutional Discourse.” (in progress)
  • “Rhetorics of Agitation: Microaggression Discourses in Digital Student Activism” (in progress)

National and International Conference Presentations

  • Conference on College Composition and Communication, Portland, “Making [Institutional] Ethnography Our Own: Uncovering ‘How Things Happen’ in Writing Program Contexts” (Workshop), March 2017
  • Conference on College Composition and Communication, Houston, “Articulating the Values of Writing Across the Curriculum,” April 2016
  • Computers and Writing, Pullman, WA, “Death of the Author 2.0 and Other Reflections on Design and Audience,” June 2014
  • Conference on College Composition and Communication, Las Vegas, “Rumblr on the Tumblr: Rhetorical Action & Participatory Audiences,”  March 2013
  • Conference on College Composition and Communication, St. Louis, “Convergence in the Classroom: Exploring New Media in Composition” (Workshop), March 2012

Local and Regional Conference Presentations

  • New England Writing Center Association, “Institutional Narratives and Writing Center Outreach,” April 2016
  • UMass Amherst English Graduate Organization Interdisciplinary Conference, Amherst, “The American Sitcom Witch as a Discourse of Queer Bodies,” April 2015
  • UMass Amherst English Graduate Organization Interdisciplinary Conference, Amherst, “Institutional Rhetoric and Writing at a State University: ‘Long Live the New Writing Program,’” March 2014

Campus Workshops and Presentations

  • Effective Teaching: Advice from TAs in the Humanities and Fine Arts—University of Massachusetts Amherst Graduate Student Orientation, September 2016
  • Crafting Writing Assignments in STEM—University of Massachusetts Amherst Center for Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL), March 2015
  • Giving Feedback to Student Writers—University of Massachusetts Amherst Junior Year Writing Program, October 2014
  • Planning Your Digital Classroom—Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD), October 2014
  • Course Design: Syllabus Construction, Writing Assignments, and Technology—Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD), April 2014 & November 2013
  • Hacking Your Course Documents: Rethinking Design for Syllabi and Assignment Sheets—University of Massachusetts Writing Program Spring Symposium, January 2013

Online Writing

Professional Development

Teaching

  • ENGL 298H: Tutoring Writing: Practicum
    University of Massachusetts Amherst, Spring 2015
  • ENGL 329H: Tutoring Writing: Theory and Practice
    University of Massachusetts Amherst, Fall 2014
  • ENGL 297TV: Going Viral: The Art of Infectious Web Videos
    University of Massachusetts Amherst, Spring 2012
  • ENGLWRIT 112: College Writing
    University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2010-2011 (3 sections), 2011-2012 (3 sections), 2012-2013 (3 sections), Summer 2016 (2 sections, online)

Writing Program Administration and Outreach

Assistant Director, University of Massachusetts Amherst Writing Center, 2016–2017

WAC/WID: consult with faculty on teaching with writing (designing assignments, giving feedback, sequencing assignments, developing writing-intensive courses); collaboratively plan classroom workshops and co-teach sessions; develop online sourcebook for WAC/WID instructors in conjunction with the University Writing Program
Outreach: coordinate writing center outreach activities including class visits, tabling, and departmental outreach; design publicity materials about writing center services and tutor recruitment
Graduate Student Mentoring: facilitate dissertation writing retreats for doctoral students during winter and summer breaks; organize interdisciplinary graduate writing group; collaborate with the Graduate School and other campus stakeholders to develop and lead workshops, including:

  • “Revising a Seminar Paper into a Conference Paper,” April 2017
  • “Strategies for Writing Productivity,” Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate, March 2017
  • “Writing a Book Review,” February 2017
  • “Starting a Writing Group,” January 2017
  • “Setting Writing Goals,” December 2016
  • “Soliciting Effective Feedback,” November 2016
  • “Responding to Student Writing,” September 2016
  • “Developing an Effective Writing Process,” September 2016
  • “Healthy Writing Habits,” September 2016

Assistant Director, University of Massachusetts Amherst Writing Center, 2014–2016

Hiring, Training, Mentoring: hire, train, and supervise staff of 40-50 undergraduate and graduate writing tutors; train 16 intern tutors; evaluate tutors during regular observations; coordinate staff meetings and development workshops, including a WID speaker series during Spring 2016
Administration: create schedule and manage staffing; review student survey data for long-term planning and staff development; represent writing center at faculty events
Outreach: coordinate interdisciplinary graduate writing group; develop new writing center website; manage presence on social media; design promotional materials for tutor recruitment
WAC/WID: consult with faculty and TAs on teaching with writing (designing & sequencing assignments, giving feedback); collaborate with the Graduate School to develop and lead workshops, including:

  • “How to Give Good Feedback on Writing,” April 2016
  • “Strategies for Effective Peer Review,” April 2016
  • “Teaching Content Through Writing,” March 2016

Coordinator for Junior Year Writing, University of Massachusetts Amherst Writing Program/Faculty Senate University Writing Committee, 2014-present

Administration: coordinate curriculum review of Junior Year Writing Program; prepare materials and minutes for the University Writing Committee; act as liaison to software development team for online review system
Outreach: collaborate with university support centers (Center for Teaching and Faculty Development, the Teaching Commons) to develop and lead workshops
WAC/WID: consult with faculty on teaching with writing (designing assignments, giving feedback, sequencing assignments, developing writing-intensive courses); collaborate with the University Writing Committee to develop and lead faculty workshops, including:

  • “Designing & Sequencing Writing Assignments,” November 2015
  • “Supporting Multilingual Students in Writing-Intensive Courses,” November 2015
  • “Crafting Writing Assignments in STEM,” CIRTL, March 2015

Coordinator for Technology Fellows, University of Massachusetts Amherst Writing Program, Spring 2015

Mentoring: facilitate bi-weekly meetings with graduate teaching associates to support ongoing professional development around integrating technology into the teaching of writing

Instructional Technology Consultant, University of Massachusetts Amherst Academic Computing, 2011-2014

Instructional Support: consult with faculty on teaching with writing and technology (designing assignments, creating multimedia, planning blended or flipped classrooms); draft and maintain online help-documentation; plan and deliver faculty workshops on topics including course management systems, lecture capture, online collaboration, and grading and feedback.

Academic Service

  • University Writing Committee – University of Massachusetts Amherst Faculty Senate, Graduate Representative, 2014-2016
  • 2016 Methods Symposium – University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of English, Organizing Committee Member, 2015-2016
  • Diversity Committee – University of Massachusetts Amherst Writing Program, 2012-2013
  • Technology Fellow – University of Massachusetts Amherst Writing Program, 2011-2012

Coursework in Composition and Rhetoric

  • Independent Area Study: Writing Across the Curriculum, David Fleming, Spring 2014
  • Independent Area Study: Critical Discourse Analysis, Rebecca Lorimer Leonard, Spring 2014
  • Writing Histories of US Women Writers, Janine Solberg, Fall 2013
  • Digital Writing and the Public Sphere, Donna LeCourt, Spring 2013
  • Practicum on Language and Diversity, Deirdre Vinyard, Spring 2012
  • Writing in the 21st Century University, David Fleming, Spring 2012
  • Genre, Context, and Social Action, Anne Herrington, Spring 2012
  • Composition Theory, Donna LeCourt, Fall 2011
  • Critical/Cultural Pedagogies, Donna LeCourt, Spring 2011
  • Writing and Emerging Technologies, Janine Solberg, Spring 2011
  • Intro to Rhetorical Theory, David Fleming, Fall 2010
  • Intro to Research on Writing, Anne Herrington, Fall 2010

Professional Affiliations

  • Conference on College Composition and Communication / National Council of Teachers of English (CCCC / NCTE)
  • Rhetoric Society of America (RSA)
  • Writing Program Administration – Graduate Organization (WPA-GO)