Instructor Achievements

Instructors in Stanford's Program in Writing & Rhetoric maintain an active scholarly life that builds from and complements their classroom pedagogy.  Below, you can browse many of their different accomplishments from between April 2016 through April 2017:

Awards & Recognitions (April 2016-April 2017)

Christine Alfano, Norah Fahim, Jennifer Johnson, Sarah P. Pittock, & Mary Stroud

  • Hoagland Curricular Innovation Grant, VPTL (Spring 2016)

Erica Cirillo-McCarthy

  • "Professor of the Game." Invited by Erica McCall, Team Captain. Stanford Women's Basketball (Winter 2017)
  • Cardinal Course Grant for Advanced PWR course, Haas Center. Stanford (Winter 2017)
  • PWR & VPUE Research Grant for Hume Digital Archive Project. Stanford (AY 2016-2017)

Norah Fahim and Jennifer Johnson

  • Faculty Engagement Grant: Highlighting Linguistic Diversity: New Approaches to Supporting Multilingual Students, VPUE, VPFDD & VPTL. Formerly OpenXChange.

Donna Hunter

  • Faculty/Staff Mentor from the Native American Cultural Center (Winter 2016)

Walidah Imarisha

  • Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction (2017).

John Peterson

  • Research Award, Stanford Program in Writing and Rhetoric (Spring 2016)

Lisa Poggiali

  • African Studies Association Dakar Travel Grant (June 2016)

Kathleen Tarr

  • artsCatalyst Award, Stanford Arts Institute (Spring and Winter 2016)
  • 1st Place, World Rowing Indoor Sprints Women's LTA 201

Ann Watters

  • artsCatalyst Award, Stanford Arts Institute (Spring 2016)

Conference Presentations & Invited Talks (April 2016-April 2017)

Alfano, Christine, Jenne Stonaker, Cassie Wright. "Taking Action, Building Community, and Sponsoring Literacy with Stanford's Notation in Science Communication."  Conference on College Communication and Composition (CCCC). Houston, TX, April 8, 2016.  

Brawn, Shay. “The Importance of Being There: Nodes of Inclusion in Writing Specialist Work.” Stanford University’s Writing Specialist Initiative: Engaging Differences within the Discipline. International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference. Ann Arbor, MI. June 23-25, 2015.

Bommarito, Dan, Jenae Cohn , Stacy Hartman, Sarah Klotz, Carrie Leverenz, and Mary Stewart. "Career Pathways Workshop for Rhet/Comp Graduates." Conference on College Composition and Communication. Portland, OR. 15-18 March 2017.

Carter, Julian, Maxe Crandall, Selby Wynn Schwartz, and Doran George. "Trans Agency Studio: A Polysensorium Workshop." Trans*studies: An International Transdisciplinary Conference on Gender, Embodiment, and Sexuality. 10 September 2016, University of Arizona, AZ. Conference Presentation.

Cirillo-McCarthy, Erica. “Cultivating Rhetorics of Interruption as Feminist Praxis in Rhetoric and Composition Studies.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Portland, OR. 15-18 March 2017.

Cirillo-McCarthy, Erica. “Frames and Codes: Institutional Ideology and Sustainability in Writing Center Mission Statements.” Rhetoric Society of America. 26-29 May 2016.

Cirillo-McCarthy, Erica. “Narrating Stanford’s Hume Center for Writing & Speaking: A Digital Historiography.” IWCA @ CCCC Collaboratory 2016. Works in Progress Roundtable. 6 April 2016. Houston, TX.

Cohn, Jenae, Norah Fahim and John Peterson. “Promoting and Scaffolding Collaborative Writing Assignments with Google Docs." ATXpo. Arrillaga Alumni Center, Stanford University. October 3 2016. Poster Presentation.

Fahim, Norah and Jennifer Johnson. “Learning from the Voices of FYC Multilingual Students at a Top-tier Private Institution.” Qualitative Research Network, Conference on College Composition and Communication, Portland, OR, 15 March 2016.

Gardiner, Mark."Solar Visions and Nuclear Dreams: Techno-Optimism and Energy Futures in Namibia." The American Ethnological Society, Stanford, California, 31 March 2017.

Gardiner, Mark."Industrial Futures: The Namib As “Blasted Landscape." The American Anthropological Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 19 November 2016.

Hunter, Donna.“Exploring Activist Scholarship: Examples, Methods and Lessons Learned.” UAA Activist Scholar Workshop. Urban Affairs Association Conference, San Diego, CA 15-18 March 2016.

Johnson, Jennifer. "Locating the self and understanding audience in research." Stanford Undergraduate Research Association's National Student Research Conference. Stanford, April 14-16, 2017. Plenary talk.

Johnson, Jennifer.“Speech, signs, silence and the body: The analytic potential of symbolic competence in multimodal interactions.” American Association of Applied Linguistics, Portland, 18-21 March 2017.

Johnson, Jennifer, Mark Roberge, (SF State), and Margi Wald (UC Berkeley). "Teachers as Scholars: Demystifying the Publishing Process.” California Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, San Diego, CA 17-20 November 2016.

Johnson, Jennifer. VPTL's Canvas Walk Event & Canvas Campus Connect Event. Stanford University. 2 May 2016 & 21 Oct 2016, Presenter.

Kim, D. Brian. "Foreign Texts and Their Unready Readers: Translation as Education in Early Twentieth-Century Russia." American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages, San Francisco, California, 2-5 February 2017.

Kim, D. Brian."Translation and the Expansion of Russian Global Consciousness at the Turn of the Twentieth Century." Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Washington, DC, 17-20 November 2016.

Peterson, John.“Reading Rhetorically to Support Writing Instruction.” 3rd International Symposium on Academic Writing & Critical Thinking, 18 February, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan. Featured Speaker.

Pittock, Sarah.“Tutor Talk: How Do Tutors Scaffold Students’ Motivation to Revise?” With Julia Bleakney. International Writing Centers Association Meeting, Denver, CO, October 2016. Conference Presentation.

Pittock, Sarah. “’Inclusion takes effort’: What Inclusive Approaches to Writing Tutoring Can Bring to WID.” International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference, Ann Arbor, MI, June, 2016. Conference Presentation.

Pittock, Sarah. “Scaffolding in the Writing Center: A More Nuanced, Inclusive Approach to Tutoring Writing.” With Julia Bleakney. International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference, Ann Arbor, MI, June 2016. Poster Presentation.

Poggiali, Lisa. "Digital Development: Producing Political Subjects in Kenya’s “Silicon Savannah”." Center for Science, Technology and Society, Drexel University, November 28, 2016. Invited Talk.

Poggiali, Lisa. "Digital Peripheries and the Politics of Expertise." Digital Media and the Future(s) of Democracy Annual Conference, Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship and Constitutionalism. University of Pennsylvania, May 6, 2016. Invited Talk.

Poggiali, Lisa. “I Am Seeing the Power Behind Technology”: New Media and Politics in Kenya’s Silicon Savannah." Discussants: Professor Sheila Jasanoff and Associate Professor Aswin Punathambekar. Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship and Constitutionalism Workshop, University of Pennsylvania, April 22, 2016. Invited Talk.

Poggiali, Lisa. “I Am Seeing the Power Behind Technology”: New Media and Publics in Kenya’s Silicon Savannah." Media as Evidence and Object: Politics At the Intersection of Method and Analysis Panel, American Anthropological Association Meeting, November 18, 2016. Conference Presentation

Poggiali, Lisa. "Digital Futures, Analog Pasts?: Technology and Ethnicity in Nairobi." African Studies Association/American Anthropological Association Meeting, Innovations in Science and Technology Panel, Dakar, Senegal, June 2, 2016. Conference Presentation.

Richardson, Rebecca. “Climate Change and Depopulation: Imagining the Anthropocene in Mary Shelley’s The Last Man.” North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Berkeley, California, 11-14 August 2016. Conference Presentation in Special Seminar.

Richardson, Rebecca. “Preventive Checks and the Natural: Harriet Martineau’s Illustration of Malthus.” North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Berkeley, California, 11-14 August 2016. Conference Presentation.

Richardson, Rebecca. “Embodied Writing: Ambition and Illness in Harriet Martineau’s Autobiography.” 19th-Century Seminar at Dickens Universe, Santa Cruz, California, 29 August to 2 September 2016. Conference Presentation.

Richardson, Rebecca. “Critical Closeness and Rivalries in Thackeray’s Book of Snobs.” North American Victorian Studies Association, Phoenix, Arizona, 2-5 November 2016. Conference Presentation.

Schwartz, Selby Wynn, Reggie Daniels, and Amie Dowling. "Boundaries Between Bodies: Incarceration, Transmission, and Performance." Beyond Authenticity and Appropriation, Society of Dance History Scholars/Congress on Research in Dance Conference, 6 Nov 2016, Pomona College, CA. Conference Presentation.

Tarr, Kathleen. “Play Write: How the Arts Enhance Academic Writing.” Writing As Spaces: 4th Global Meeting. Inter-Disciplinary.Net, Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom, 2-4 July 2016. Conference Presentation.

Tarr, Kathleen. "Hollywood Roundtable." Social Justice Issues in Entertainment and Media Law, Berkeley, California, 9 November 2016. Panelist.

Tarr, Kathleen. “Being an Artist Citizen/Having Difficult Conversations.” Theatre Bay Area Annual Conference, Berkeley, California, 13 March 2017. Panelist.

Tarr, Kathleen. "Getting PlayedX." Salesforce, San Francisco, California, 24 February 2017. Panelist.

Tarr, Kathleen. "Foro de Gestión de Diversidad en el Empleo Público." Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, 2 June 2016. Conference Presentation.

Publications & Exhibitions (April 2016-April 2017)

Alfano, Christine and Alyssa O'Brien. Envision in Depth: Reading, Writing and Researching Arguments.  4th edition. Pearson, 2016.

Alfano, Christine and Alyssa O'Brien. Envision: Writing and Researching Arguments.  5th edition.Pearson, 2016.

Cirillo-McCarthy, Erica, Celeste DelRusso & Elizabeth Leahy. “‘We Don’t Do That Here’: Calling Out Deficit Discourses in the Writing Center To Reframe Multilingual Graduate Support.” Access and Equity in Graduate Writing Support Special Issue of Praxis: a Writing Center Journal. 14.1 (2016): n.pag. Web.

Cohn,Jenae"Devilish Smartphones" and the "Stone-Cold" Internet: Implications of the Technology Addiction Trope in Student Digital Literacy Narratives." Computers and Composition, 42.1, 2016: pp. 80-94.

Cohn,Jenae, Mary Stewart, Cara H. Theisen, and Dan Comins. "Creating Online Community: A Response to the Needs of 21st Century Faculty Development" Journal of Faculty Development, 30.2, 2016: pp. 47-57.

Cohn,Jenae, and Mary Stewart. "Promoting Metacognitive Thought through Response to Low-Stakes Writing." Journal of Response to Writing, 2.1, 2016: pp. 58-74.

Formato, Megan Shields. "Borrowing Physics’ 'Epistemological Credit Card': Review of Physics Envy: American Poetry and Science in the Cold War and After." Endeavour, Volume 41, Issue 1, March 2017, Page 7, ISSN 0160-9327,

Hunter, Donna and Emily Polk. “Academic Responses to Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matters Movements.” Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice. 28:4, 444-450.

Ives, Sarah. Steeped in Heritage: The Racial Politics of South African Rooibos Tea. Duke University Press (Forthcoming)

Johnson, Jennifer. VPTL’s Video LMS Canvas Profile. Spring, 2016. Web:

Lewis, Clara S. “Crisis Rhetoric, Stigma Play: The Contested Status of Humanities Majors on an Elite University Campus.” Symbolic Interaction (2017) 10.1002/symb.288

Peterson, John, and Paul Wadden. “10 Best Practices for Teaching in the Major Courses: Multilingual Language Learners and the Need for Clear Guidelines.” Stanford Teaching Commons. Web Summer 2016.

Pittock, Sarah. Review Essay on Ellen Carillo’s Securing a Place for Reading in Composition: The Importance of Teaching for Transfer. Rhetoric Review, March (2017): 176-180.

Poggiali, Lisa. "Seeing (Through) Digital Peripheries: Technology and Transparency in Kenya’s “Silicon Savannah”. Cultural Anthropology 31.3 (2016): 387-412.

Poggiali, Lisa. "Digital Futures and Analog Pasts?: Citizenship and Ethnicity in Techno-Utopian Kenya." Africa 87.2 (2017).

Poggiali, Lisa."Digital Peripheries and the Politics of Expertise in Nairobi, Kenya." In Digital Media and the Future(s) of Democracy. Democracy, Citizenship and Constitutionalism Series, University of Pennsylvania Press.

Schwartz, Selby Wynn."Light, Shadow, Screendance: Catherine Galasso's 'Bring on the Lumière!'" Oxford Handbook of Screendance Studies, edited by Douglas Rosenberg, Oxford University Press, 2016, pp. 205-224.

Stewart, Mary, Jenae Cohn, and Carl Whithaus. "Collaborative Course Design and Communities of Practice: Strategies for Adaptable Course Shells in Online and Hybrid Writing. Transformative Dialogues: Teaching and Learning Journal, 9.1, 2016: pp. 1-20.

Tarr, Kathleen. “And the Oskar Should Go To … Fred Korematsu.” Huffington Post Contributor Platform (19 February 2017). Web.

Tarr, Kathleen. “White Supremacy, Elector Style.” Huffington Post Contributor Platform (13 December 2016). Web.

Tarr, Kathleen. "Bias and the Business of Show: Employment Discrimination in the 'Entertainment' Industry." University of San Francisco Law Review Forum. 51 U.S.F.L. Rev. Forum 1 (2016). PDF file and web. Reprinted in Cultural Weekly (4 January 2017). Web.

Tarr, Kathleen. “Knowing What It’s Cut With: An Addict’s Guide to Entertainment.” Cultural Weekly (18 May 2016). Web.

Wadden, Paul, and John Peterson. “Best Practices in the Teaching of Writing: 10 Principles for ICU Faculty.” ICU Faculty Development News Letter. Spring 2016.

Service to the Field & Community Work

Jenae Cohn

  • Webinar Co-Chair, Global Society for Online Literacy Educators (GLOSOLE). October 1, 2016-present.

Jennifer Johnson

  • Review Editor. CATESOL (California Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) Journal. January 1, 2016-present.

Lisa Poggiali

  • Refugee Transitions. November 2016 - present.

Kathleen Tarr

  • Member, Good Ally Collaborative Advisory Committee 2017.
  • Volunteer, AIDS Emergency Fund Christmas Dinner 2017.

Ann Watters

  • Volunteer, Home and Hope Program for Homeless Families 2013-2017.
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