We have collected data about the labor conditions of Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) in university writing programs in the United States. Our goal is to make this information publicly available so that WPAs, prospective GSIs/TAs, and current GSIs/TAs can better understand labor conditions at specific universities and larger trends across the country.
(Co-Chair), University of Washington, Seattle
Bio: Jacki specializes in multimodal composition, sociolinguistics, and writing program administration. Her dissertation, entitled, Reflection in Motion: A Case Study of Reflective Practice in the Composition Classroom, uses multimodal ethnographic and discourse analysis methods to explore the rhetorical nature of reflection as it emerges in everyday classroom practices.
(Co-Chair), Virginia Tech
Bio: Allison’s dissertation applies a service design methodology to conduct a feasibility study of offering synchronous online tutoring to students enrolled in Virginia Tech’s technical writing service course. As a former adjunct faculty member at two community colleges, she is especially concerned about contingent and exploitative labor in this field.
University of Minnesota
Bio: Alexander specializes in translingual and critical approaches to composition, pedagogy, and literacy through the lens of WPAs as administrators, teacher educators, and teachers themselves. His secondary interest is in bridging his primary research with sociolinguistic research into postcolonial language revival movements.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Bio: Molly engages with Writing Program Administration, First-Year Composition, Disability Studies, and Feminist and Queer Pedagogies. For her dissertation, she is exploring how to more thoroughly apply accessibility practices to teacher training and professional development.
Old Dominion University
Bio: Ruth’s dissertation project examines the rhetorical strategies of disability activism, particularly how disability activists remix conventional and invent new activist tactics to be accessible for their bodies and minds. She is invested in feminist methodologies, activism, and disability studies, and she will be starting as an Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Women’s Studies at Old Dominion U in Fall 2018.
Wayne State University
Bio: Sarah’s research interests include cultural rhetorics, writing assessment, and first-year writing pedagogy.
Texas Tech University
Bio: Leah’s research interests include accessibility and disability studies, spatial humanities, rhetoric of health and medicine, communication design as advocacy, and community writing. Her dissertation, tentatively titled Ways to Move, Ways to Map, engages with neurodiversity in user-centered design practices.