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Allison D. Carr is assistant professor of rhetoric and director of writing across the curriculum at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where she teaches courses in rhetoric, critical theory, writing, and pop culture. Her work has appeared in Composition Forum, Computers and Composition Online, and most recently in the open-access text Bad Ideas about Writing (2017), downloadable at

Collie Fulford is associate professor of English at North Carolina Central University. She studies program development, higher education rhetorics, and adult learners. Her work has appeared in Composition Studies, WPA: Journal of the Council of Writing Program Administrators, and the International Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Chris W. Gallagher is professor of English at Northeastern University, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in writing, rhetoric, literacy, and pedagogy. He is the author or coauthor of four books and numerous articles on teaching and assessing writing and educational reform.

Joanne Baird Giordano, Holly Hassel, Jennifer Heinert, Katie Kalish, and Cassandra Phillips teach first-year and developmental writing at the University of Wisconsin Colleges. After this piece was written (and after years of budget reductions, consolidation efforts, elimination of student support services, and staff layoffs), in 2017 the UW System president announced plans to dissolve the UW Colleges as an institution as yet another austerity measure.

Brett Griffiths directs the Reading and Writing Studios at Macomb Community College. Her work appears in Educational Studies in Mathematics, Teaching English in the Two-Year College, College Composition and Communication, and Praxis. She also writes poetry and creative nonfiction.

Darin Jensen is an English instructor at Des Moines Area Community College in Iowa. His writing appears in Teaching English in the Two-Year College, Composition Studies, College English, and Writing on the Edge. He coedits the blog Teacher-Scholar-Activist.

Neal Lerner is professor of English at Northeastern University in Boston, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate writing courses. He has published on the history, theory, administration, and practice of teaching writing in classrooms, laboratories, and writing centers.

Kristen McDermott, professor of English literature at Central Michigan University, teaches Shakespeare, early modern drama, and literature courses at all levels that emphasize the intersection of performed and literary art. Her publications include Masques of Difference: Four Court Masques by Ben Jonson, a Revels Student Edition published by Manchester University Press (2007); William Shakespeare: His Life and Times (coauthored with Ari Berk), an illustrated introduction for young readers to the world of Shakespeare, published in 2010 by Templar/Candlewick and winner of the School Library Association’s 2011 Informational Book Children’s Choice Award; and reviews and articles on Jonson and Shakespeare. She has also published articles on folkloric and mythic elements linking Shakespearean drama to modern fantasy literature.

Laura R. Micciche is professor of English at the University of Cincinnati, where she teaches writing, rhetorical theory, feminist pedagogy, and teacher-training courses. Her book Acknowledging Writing Partners (2017) is accessible at

Deborah Minter is associate professor of English at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Her research and teaching focus on composition studies, administration, and the teaching of writing. Her work has appeared in several edited collections and journals, including College English, Pedagogy, and College Composition and Communication.

Deborah Mutnick is professor of English at Long Island University Brooklyn and a member of the LIU Faculty Federation Executive Committee. She is the author of Writing in an Alien World: Basic Writing and the Struggle for Equality in Higher Education (1996) and has published in various journals and edited collections.

Christopher M. Parsons is assistant professor of English and the coordinator of secondary English education at Keene State College. His current research interests include the circulation of ideologies about identity and literacy in English classes and the relationship between teacher education coursework and site-based fieldwork.

Clancy Ratliff is an associate professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Her research and teaching focus on composition pedagogy, feminist rhetorics, and authorship and intellectual property. Her work has appeared in Women’s Studies Quarterly, Composition Forum, and Computers and Composition Online.

Siobhan Senier is professor of English and coordinator of the...


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