Student, Alumni, and Faculty News


WRD students, alumni, and faculty share their recent professional and academic achievements.


Katie Booth (MA in WRD) presented her paper “One Who, Two Who, Old Who, New Who: The Discourse of Identity in the Doctor Who Fan Community,” at the Midwest Popular Culture / American Culture Association Conference in St. Louis, MO, on October 12, 2013. Booth’s paper is an analysis of recorded interviews with fans of the cult television series, focusing on identity and authenticity as represented in language.


Sean Hackney (MA in WRD 2010),  with colleague Brian Newman, published the article “Using the Rhetorical Situation to Inform Literacy Instruction and Assessment across the Disciplines” in English Journal 103.1 (2013): 60-65.

Kim Kotty (MA in WRD 2011) presented “Finding the Bliss of Writing through Student-Led Writing Centers” at the Illinois Association of Teachers of English’s (IATE) Fall Conference in Normal, IL, on October 18, 2013.

John Venecek (MA in W 2003) contributed the chapter “The Attack of Mystery Science Theater and Moral Imagination (in Color)” to Reading Mystery Science Theater 3000: Critical Approaches, Ed.Shelley S. Rees. Lanham: Scarecrow Press, 2013. 107-122.


Professor Darsie Bowden attended the Dartmouth Summer Seminar for Composition Research to develop her research project, “Instructor Comments on Student Papers:  Student Perspectives.” Bowden was awarded a Competitive Instructional Grant from DePaul’s Quality of Instruction Council to fund attendance at the symposium.

WRD Internships Coordinator Dana Dunham and Assistant Professor Sarah Read presented “Pausing at a Programmatic Crossroads: A Task Force Gathers Data on Student Perceptions of Professional and Technical Writing Courses and Programs” at the CPTSC (Council on Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication) Conference in Cincinnati, OH, on October 10-12, 2013.

Assistant Professor Lisa Dush published “The Ethical Complexity of Sponsored Digital Storytelling,” in The International Journal of Cultural Studies, 16.6 (2013): 627-40, and presented “Building Rhetorically Useful Collections of Digital Personal Experience Narratives” at the Computers and Writing Conference in Frostburg, MD, on June 9, 2013.

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