Below are some of the awards and scholarly contributions made by faculty and graduate students in our program during the 2018-2019 academic year.

2019 Graduates: Positions Accepted

  • Carolyn Grant, Assistant Professor of Community and Professional Writing at Towson University
  • Erin Brock Carlson, Assistant Professor of Professional and Technical Writing at WVU
  • Michelle McMullin, Assistant Professor of Technical Communication at NC States
  • Beth Towle, Assistant Professor of English and Associate Director of the Writing Center at Salisbury University

Grants & Fellowships

  • Erin Brock Carlson: CLA Promise Grant; Association for Business Communication Marty Baker Graham Research Grant; CCCC Chairs Memorial Scholarship
  • Sweta Baniya: Assessment and Research Mini-Grant for data gathering for dissertation project; Research Methods Workshop Participation Fellowship; Service-Learning Grant for Business Writing Class; Service-Learning Grant for Rhetorics of Service-Learning; Studies in Rhetoric and Writing Editorial Fellowship
  • Alisha Karabinus: Student Research Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship
  • The Transculturation team, including Rebekah Sims and Bradley Dilger: Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA) Targeted Research Grant
  • The Transculturation team, including Rebekah Sims and Bradley Dilger: Third CILMAR mini-grant


  • Erin Brock Carlson: Carlson, E. B. (2019). Metis as Embodied, Technofeminist Intervention: Rhetorically Listening to Periods for Pence. Computers and Composition, 51, 14-30.
  • Erin Brock Carlson: Carlson, E. B. (2019). Please Sign Here (And Share It To Your Facebook and Twitter Feeds): Online Petitions and Inventing for Circulation. Computers and Composition, 52, 175-194.
  • Harry Denny: Out in the Center: Public Controversies and Private Struggles. Edited with Anna Sicari, Robert Mundy, Richard Severe, and Lila Naydan. Logan, UT: Utah State University Press. March 1, 2019. 320 pages.
  • Harry Denny: “Tell me exactly what it was that I was doing that was so bad”: Understanding the Needs and Expectations of Working-Class Students in Writing Centers. With Lori Salem and John Nordlof. Writing Center Journal 31.1 (2018). 33 pages.
  • Harry Denny: “Of Sticks and Stones, Words that Wound, and Actions Speaking Louder: When Academic Bullying Becomes Everyday Oppression.” Being reprinted in Cristyn Elder & Beth Davila (Eds), Defining, Locating, and Addressing Bullying in the WPA Workplace. Invited reprint of original article with Coda. 15 pages. March 15, 2019.
  • Harry Denny: “Writing Centers as Intersections for Controversy and Change.” Co-Authored with graduate student Elizabeth Geib. March 15, 2019. Retrieved from:
  • Bradley Dilger and Neil Baird: “Dispositions in Natural Science Laboratories” in Across the Disciplines 15.
  • Eliza Gellis. “‘Hadassah, That is Esther:’ Diasporic Rhetoric in the Megillat Esther” Routledge Handbook of Comparative and World Rhetorics
  • Muriel Harris, “Foreword” Theories and Methods of Writing Center Studies. Edited by Jo Mackiewicz and Rebecca Babcock. Routledge, forthcoming.
  • Muriel Harris, Prentice Hall Reference Guide to Grammar and Usage. 10th ed. Pearson, 2018.
  • Muriel Harris, Prentice Hall Reference Guide to Grammar and Usage, 11th ed. Pearson, forthcoming (2021).
  • Muriel Harris, “So What Is a DEC?” Foreword to Digital Edited Collections. WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship. 2019.
  • Muriel Harris, WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship, Editor-in-Chief, vol. 43, published Sept. 2018-June, 2019.
  • Mitch Hobza: Hobza, M. & Denny, H.C. (In Press). “Category is…Queer Theory, Queering Research and Queerer Centers.” In J. Mackiewicz & R. Babcock (Eds.), Theories and Methods of Writing Center Studies. Abingdon-on-Thames: Routledge.
  • Alisha Karabinus, Review of Helen Kennedys Post, Mine, Repeat forthcoming in Convergence
  • Alisha Karabinus, Review of Gaming Representation forthcoming in Enculturation
  • Alisha Karabinus, Review of two documentaries on gaming forthcoming in Films For the Feminist Classroom
  • Alisha Karabinus, Collaborative paper with Bianca Batti forthcoming in the Meaningful Play conference proceedings
  • Alisha Karabinus, Collaborative paper with Rachel Atherton forthcoming in this years SIGDOC proceedings
  • Alisha Karabinus, Extended abstract forthcoming in proceedings for the SIGDOC Student Research Competition
  • Trinity Overmyer and Brock Carleson, E. (2019). “Design Thinking and the Ethics of Place. “Journal of Business and Technical Communication.
  • Trinity Overmyer: Samsel, F., Overmyer, T. and Navratil, P. (2019). “Highlight Insert Colormaps: Using Luminance for Focused Data Analysis.” EuroVis. 
  • Trinity Overmyer: Li, C. Anderson, H., Kim, H., Lanum, J., Cheoh, J. Brewer, N, Hillary, B., Overmyer, T. “Reproducing Performance of a Multi-Physics Simulations of the Tsunamigenic 2004 Sumatra Megathrust Earthquake.” Journal of Parallel Computing.
  • Trinity Overmyer. “Strategies of a Successful LANL Research and Development Collaboration”. Los Alamos National Lab. LA-UR-18-29988.
  • Beth Towle. “Other People’s Houses.” Out in the Center: Public Controversies and Private Struggles.
  • Thomas Rickert:  “Towards Ecosophy in a Participating World: Rhetoric and Cosmology in Heidegger’s Fourfold and Empedocles’ Four Roots.” Tracing Rhetoric and Material Life: Ecological Approaches. Eds. Bridie McGreavy, Nathan Stormer, and Justine Wells. Palgrave, 2018. 59-83.
  • Thomas Rickert,  “Circulation-Signification-Ontology.” Circulation, Writing, Rhetoric. Eds. Laurie E. Gries and Collin G. Brooke. Utah State University Press, 2018. 299-306.

Honors, Awards and Positions

  • Sweta Baniya: Graduate Student Travel Award, CCCCs Scholars for Dreams Award; ATTW Amplification Award, Kneale Award for Best Rhetoric and Composition Paper 2018
  • Harry Denny, Stonewall Service Award, CCCC, 2019, for outstanding support and mentoring of sexual and gender minorities in the profession
  • Eliza Gellis, Excellence in Teaching Award
  • Carolyn Grant, 2018-19 Purdue Office of Engagement Service-Learning Fellow for North End Community Research; Purdue Office of Engagement Service Award for Service-Learning Advocacy
  • Lindsey MacDonald, Graduate Award for Emergent Scholar 2019
  • Ryan Murphy, ATTW Amplification Award 2019; Kneale (Literary) Award for Rhetoric and Composition 2019
  • Trinity Overmyer: Janice Lauer Award; Graduate Crouse Award for Emergent Scholar (Overall winner); UX Researcher in Data Science at Scale at Los Alamos National Lab for Summer 2019
  • Allegra W. Smith, Purdue Teaching Academy Graduate Teaching Award; Winner, Lightning Talk Competition at the Graduate Pedagogy Showcase
  • Shelton Weech, Graduate Crouse Award for Promising Scholar 2019
  • Thomas Rickert: Invited Speaker, ESL-GO Speaker Series, April 6, 2018, Purdue University: “Thinking about Performance and Invention with a Paleolithic Object.”; Marsico Visiting Scholar, University of Denver; Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award
  • The learning community “Engineering in the World of Data,” including Michelle McMullin and Bradley Dilger, won the “Academic Connection Award” from University Residences in March 2019.
  • The Crow team, including Michelle McMullin, Lindsey Macdonald, Bradley Dilger, professional writing undergraduates Sarah Merryman and Emily Jones, and Purdue RC alum Bill Hart-Davidson, hosted “Writing Research without Walls,” a symposium at Purdue which featured the public release of the Crow system.


2018 Graduates: Positions Accepted

  • Amelia Chesley, tenure-track Assistant Professor of English specializing in Professional and Technical Writing at Northwestern State University of Louisiana
  • Sherri Craig, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Professional Writing at West Chester University
  • Erin Cromer Twal, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Samuel Dunn, tenure-track Assistant Professor of English at California State University, Sacramento
  • Jeff Gerding, tenure-track Assistant Professor of English, specializing in Professional/Technical Writing at Xavier University
  • Talisha Haltiwanger Morrison, Associate Director of the University Writing Center at Notre Dame University

Grants & Fellowships

  • Sweta Baniya, Nan Johnson Outstanding Graduate Student Travel Award for FemRhet
  • Erin Brock Carlson, 2018-19 Full-year Purdue Research Foundation fellowship
  • Sherri Craig, 2017-18 Full year Purdue Research Foundation fellowship
  • Erin Cromer Twal, Summer Purdue Research Foundation fellowship, PROMISE Grant for International Research
  • Bradley Dilger and the Crow research team, Humanities Without Walls grant
  • Talisha Haltiwanger Morrison, Ben Rafoth Graduate Research Grant
  • Patrick Love, Global Society of Online Literacy Educators (GSOLE) Research Fellowship, ATTW 2018 Research Methods Workshop Scholarship   
  • Trinity Overmyer, Summer Data Science fellowship at Los Alamos National Labs, 2017-18 Purdue Engagement Fellow
  • Rebekah Sims with Hadi Banat, Parva Panahi Lazarjani, and Phuong Tran, CILMAR grant
  • Beth Towle, International Writing Center Association Ben Rafoth Graduate Research Grant


  • Jenny Bay, “Training Technical and Professional Communication Educators for Online Internship Courses,” Technical Communication Quarterly, 03 July 2017, Vol.26(3), p.329-343.
  • Erin Brock Carlson. “Navigating Shifting Social Media Networks: An Ecological Approach to Anonymous Mobile Applications.” Kairos 22.2 (Winter 2018),
  • Erin Brock Carlson and Trinity Overmyer. “Smart Phones and Photovoice: Exploring Participant Lives with Photos of the Everyday,” In Handbook for Methods in the Digital Humanities (forthcoming).
  • Amelia Chesley (forthcoming) A brief history of crowdsourced digital publishing at Proceedings of the 2016 and 2017 Annual Computers & Writing Conference. WAC Clearinghouse.
  • Amelia Chesley (2017). Users as makers: User experience design for and by the crowd. Proceedings from the 35th ACM International Conference on the Design of Communication.
  • Amelia Chesley with  Mentzer, N., Laux, D., Parupudi, T., Kardgar, A., & Knapp, S. (2017, June), Assessing the impact of an interdisciplinary First-Year Experience program. Proceedings from the 2017 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio.
  • Patricia Sullivan with Johnson, Meredith, W. Michele Simmons. Lean Technical Communication: Toward Sustainable Program Innovation.New York: Routledge, 2018.
  • Harry Denny and Beth Towle. “Braving the Waters of Class in Writing Centers: The Performance and Policing of Socioeconomic Class in Everyday Tutoring.” The Peer Review. November 2017.
  • Talisha Haltiwanger Morrison and Talia Nanton, “Dear Writing Centers: Black Women Speaking Silence into Language and Action.” The Peer Review (forthcoming).
  • Talisha Haltiwanger Morrison: “Complacency and Whiteness: The Silencing of Black Women by White Women Directors”  White Benevolence: Deconstructing White Womanhood in the Writing Center (edited collection by Frankie Condon and Wonderful Faison).
  • Alisha Karabinas, Chapter for the book Digital Ethics: Rhetoric and Responsibility in Online Aggression, Hate Speech, and Harassment edited by Jessica Reyman and Erika Sparby, (In progress).
  • Alisha Karabinas and Rachel Atherton, special issue of Technical Communication on Transmedia, Participatory Culture, and Digital Creation, edited by David Wright, Ed Malone, and Daniel Reardon,  (In progress).
  • Alisha Karabinas and Rachel Atherton, SIGDOC proceedings, 2018.
  • Alisha Karabinus, Two case studies to be included in Learning, Education, and Games, Volume 3.
  • Patrick Love. (2017). “1-2-Switch, ubiquitous computing, and emergent augmented reality.” First Person Scholar.
  • Patrick Love. Rhetorically Defining ‘Information’ for Interfacing: From Transport to Wayfaring Paradigms. SIGDOC 2018.
  • Patrick Love and Alisha Karabinus. (expected 2019). Creation of an Alt-Left Boogeyman: Information Economics and the Emergence of ‘Antifa.’ After 2016: The Crisis in Digital Democracy. Eds Michael Trice and John Jones.
  • Potts, Liza and Michael Salvo (eds). Rhetoric and Experience Architecture. Anderson,SC: Parlor Press, 2017.
  • Michael Salvo. Writing Postindustrial Places: Technoculture amid the Cornfields. Routledge Studies in Technical Communication, Rhetoric, and Culture. New York: Routledge, 2017.
  • Rebekah Sims, “She is Worth Far More than Rubies: Networked Collective Rhetoric in Quiverfull Women’s Weblogs.” Peitho Journal, (Fall 2018)
  • Allegra Smith, “Participatory Porn Culture: Feminist Positions and Oppositions in the Feminist Pornosphere” Sex in the Digital Age, Routledge.
  • Bud Weiser and Shirley Rose. The Internationalization of US Writing Programs, Utah State University Press. Purdue Alum contributors: Tarez Graban, Jennifer Haan, Paul Matsuda, Libby Miles, Carolina Pelaez-Morales (SLS), and Christine Tardy.

Honors & Awards

  • Sweta Baniya, Kneale Awards for Rhetoric and Composition, 2018 Literary Award
  • Jenny Bay, Purdue Service Learning Faculty Award (University)
  • Erin Brock Carlson,Crouse Graduate Student Emergent Scholar, English Department Overall Excellence in Teaching Award for Graduate Students
  • Tony Bushner, Second place, IGNITE competition, Purdue Professional Writing Showcase
  • Elizabeth Geib, Excellence in Teaching Award (Fall 2017)
  • Jeff Gerding, Excellence in Teaching Award
  • Mitch Hobza, Purdue Federal Credit Union Creative Nonfiction Essay Award for “Notes toward an Understanding of Empathy: Weaving through the margins of a semester length auto-ethnography,” 2018 Literary Awards
  • Michelle McMullin, Crouse Graduate Student Emergent Scholar
  • Ryan Murphy, Crouse Graduate Student Promising Scholar
  • John Sherrill, Association of Teachers of Technical Writing 2018 Graduate Research Award, Crouse Graduate Student Emergent Scholar
  • Allegra Smith, ACM SIGDOC Microsoft Student Research Competition Winner, Kneale Award for Pedagogy: Purdue Literary Awards

         Alumni Honors & Awards

  • Gracemarie Mike Fillenwarth, FemRhet, Presidents Dissertation Award

Alumni are encouraged to submit announcements of new scholarly work or accomplishments to be added to the site, using the form below: