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Members of the CCCC Committee on the Status of Women

Joyce Rain Anderson is an Assistant Professor of English at Bridgewater State College  She received her Ph.D in Composition and Rhetoric from the University of New Hampshire in 2005.  Her research and teaching interests include: first-year composition, personal and public writing, English Language Learners, Cultural Rhetorics, Indigenous and Survivance Rhetorics, American Indian Boarding Schools, (Re)presentations of Indigenous Peoples, and Vernacular Literacies. Currently, she is working on a co-edited edition on teaching Indigenous rhetorics. In 1996, she was a recipient of the Scholars for the Dream. She is co-founder of the American Indian Caucus and has served on the Resolutions Committee, Scholars for the Dream Section Committee and the Tribal College Fellowship Committee.

Kristin Bivens is an Assistant Professor of English at Harold Washington College in Chicago (on leave, AY 2011-2012).  She is currently a PhD student in Technical Communication and Rhetoric at Texas Tech University; and an editorial assistant for Technical Communication Quarterly.  Kristin’s research interests include: contrapower harassment at two-year institutions, post-Katrina New Orleans (and Gulf Coast), medical rhetoric, feminist rhetorics, health literacy, and communicative practices in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs).  She has served as a member of the Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession since 2007.

Kirsti Cole is an Assistant Professor of Rhetoric, Composition, and Literature at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Graduating with her PhD in 2008, Kirsti is currently working on two edited collections, and a textbook in rhetoric and culture.  She is also in process of writing a comprehensive study of the Feminist Workshop from 1991 to 2011. She is the co-author of “Feminist Social Projects: Building Bridges between Communities and Universities,” which appeared in College English in 2007, as well as “(Post)Modern Psychoanalysis: A Re-vis(ion)ing of Poe,” (2008). She has also co-edited a collection for thirdspace, an online feminist journal. Her research area focuses on the rhetoric of women’s activism and as a part of her service as Co-Chair of the Feminist Workshop for the Cs in 2008 and 2010. She was one of the Keynote speakers for the 2011 Workshop.  She has served as a member of the Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession for the Cs since 2006.

Violet A. Dutcher is professor of rhetoric and composition, chair in the Language & Literature department, and Writing Program Director at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  She received her Ph.D. from Kent State University. Her research interest is in women’s community literacy. She has served as a member of the Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession for the Cs since 2007.
Morgan Gresham earned her Ph.D from the University of Louisville.  She is an Associate Professor of English at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, where she is currently serving as chair of the Department of Verbal and Visual Arts..  Her research interests include digital composition, feminist pedagogy, and composition theory and practice. She has served as a member of the Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession for the Cs since 2006.

Holly Hassel is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County and chair of the University of Wisconsin Colleges Women’s Studies Program. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2002. She regularly teaches first-year writing courses and introduction to women’s studies, and her research interests in the scholarship of teaching and learning emerge directly from her classroom experiences working at an open-enrollment, two-year college. Her current SoTL research projects are focused on the transition of underprepared students to the expectations of college writing, as well as on assessment of student writing in the placement process. Her scholarly work has appeared in Feminist Teacher, the International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and LearningPedagogy, and College English, among others. Her co-authored article (with Joanne Giordano), “Transfer Institutions, Transfer of Knowledge: The Development of Rhetorical Adaptability and Underprepared Writers” received the Mark Reynolds Teaching English in the Two Year College Best Article Award in 2010. Holly has served on the Two-Year College Association Committee on Dual Credit/Concurrent Enrollment and joined the Status of Women Committee in 2011.

Rhea Estelle Lathan is an Assistant Professor at Florida State University. She holds a Ph.D in English and MA in Afro American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; a BA in Africology and English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Lathan’s research includes the literate and rhetorical history of women of African descent, the development of literacy, and the delivery systems for the teaching of writing; community based critical intellectualism of African American Women, identity politics and social historical activism as well as critical race theory in rhetoric and composition. Lathan teaches courses ranging from social historical perspectives on rhetoric and composition to more specialized African American Literacies, rhetoric, composition research methodologies and theories, literate practices within African American social movements, including Afrafeminist and literacy history.

Jolivette Mecenas is an Assistant Professor and the Director of the Writing Program at the University of La Verne in La Verne (Los Angeles Co.), CA. She earned her PhD in 2009 from the University of Hawai‘i. In her contribution to the anthology, Representations: Doing Asian American Rhetoric, Jolivette wrote about the cultural rhetorics of Asian American pop culture and media. Recently, she interviewed Jeffery Paul Chan for an anthology on activism in the NCTE, Listening to Our Elders, Writing and Working for Change (eds. Blackmon, Kirklighter, and Parks, 2011). Her teaching and research interests include citizenship genres, civic-political discourse, feminist and queer publics, writing pedagogy, and writing program administration. Jolivette joined the Committee on the Status of Women in 2010, and she is also a member of the CCCC Asian/Asian American Caucus.

Dora Ramirez-Dhoore is an Associate professor of Ethnic American Literature at Boise State University. She earned her Ph.D from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, M.A. from New Mexico State University, and is a former Scholars for the Dream award recipient. She has served on the Executive Committee and is currently a member of the Latino/a Caucus. Dora’s research engages issues of production and consumption of texts tied to global and transnational perspectives of audience. Her work examines ideas of nation-building and the internalization of socio-political global affects, including their effects on health, illness, and the body. Recent publications include: “The Rhetoric of Aztlán: HB2281, MEChA, and Liberatory Education” in Reflections: A Journal of Writing, Community Literacy, and Service-Learning (ed. Steve Parks); “Let the Gummy Bears Speak: Articulating Identity in Sandra Cisneros’s ‘Never Marry a Mexican’” in Sandra Cisneros’ Woman Hollering Creek (ed. Cecilia S. Donohue); “Dissecting Environmental Racism: Redirecting the Toxic in Alicia Gaspar de Alba’s Desert Blood and Helena Maria Viramontes’s Under the Feet of Jesus” in The Natural World in Latin American Literatures: Ecocritical Essays on Twentieth Century Writings (ed. Adrian Kane); and other essays.

Luisa Rodríguez Connal, Ph. D. is currently operating as an independent scholar and active member of the National Council of Teachers of English. Professional Activities: Member of CCCC Diversity Committee, Executive Committee, Latino/a Caucus, Progressive Special Interest Groups and Caucuses Committee, Service Learning Committee. Conference presentations at CCCC, MLA, Shifting Discourses in the Twenty-First Century. Texas A&M University. CSU Conference: Designing Change for Women and Minority, Emerging Careers for Women Conference, Pima Community College.  Publications: Chapters in Crossing Borderlands: Composition and Postcolonial Studies, Advanced Composition: Principles and Practices, 2001, Teaching Tools Theorized: From Practice to Theory and Back Again, and Language Ideologies: Critical Perspectives on the Official English Movement, Vol. 1. Articles in Who’s Who in Contemporary Women Writers, 1999, in Encyclopedia of Rhetoric and Composition, 1996, and in Making Connections. 4, 1 (Fall 1999). Bibliographic work for CCC Bibliography of Composition and Rhetoric, 1992 and 1996.  I wrote a Master of Arts thesis on nonsexist language in 1988-89. Currently, my work includes an autobiographical piece which I will ultimately connect to many of the theories I used in prior work. While many know of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, I found one of her fore-mothers a Spanish nun from just before the Spanish Inquisition. I also study Puerto Rican female writers. I hope to contrast the works of current Puerto  Rican female writers with my own experiences. Position Statement: Women’s work in academia, specifically in the area of English which encompasses many new divisions such as English Studies, multicultural rhetorics and the like. It is important to explore our contributions to our profession and I look forward to working with others on the Status of Women in the Profession Committee.

Eileen Schell is an Associate Professor of Writing and Rhetoric and Chair and Director of the Writing Program at Syracuse University.   Schell is the author of Gypsy Academics and Mother-teachers:  Gender, Contingent Labor,and Writing Instruction (Heinemann, 1997), Moving a Mountain: Transforming  the Role of Contingent Faculty in Composition Studies and Higher Education  (NCTE, 2001),  Rural Literacies with Kim Donehower and Charlotte Hogg (SIUP, 2007), Rhetorica in Motion: Feminist Rhetorical Methods and Methodologies co-edited with K.J. Rawson (U of Pittsburgh Press, 2010), and Reclaiming the Rural  co-edited with Kim Donehower and Charlotte Hogg (SIUP, 2012).  Eileen is currently Chair of CCCC Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession; she formerly co-chaired the Committee on Contingent, Adjunct, Part-time Faculty Issues as well as serving as a member of the Executive Committee of CCCC.

Hyoejin Yoon is Associate Professor of English at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Her publications include “Affecting the Transformative Intellectual: Questioning ‘Noble’ Sentiments in Critical Pedagogy and Composition” in JAC, winner of the 2005 Elizabeth A. Flynn award for best feminist essay in rhetoric and composition, and a chapter “Learning Asian American Affect” in Representations: Doing Asian American Rhetoric, edited by LuMing Mao and Morris Young. Hyoejin has recently been involved in higher education administration and institutional assessment. She has been a member of the CCCC Committee on the Status of Women since 2010.

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