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Harper, Mary

English and Communication

Conger 310

M. A., English Literature, Valdosta State University, 2013

Emphasis on postcolonial studies, literary theory

Thesis, “Antionette’s Function in Wide Sargasso Sea: Possibility in the Undecidable,” 2013.

On teaching  First-Year Composition

As a FYC teacher, my goal is to teach students how to communicate effectively not only in academia, but also in today’s world outside the classroom. For students to feel invested in their writing, they need to feel a sense of agency and purpose. To achieve this, I ask students to challenge the school-based notion of good writing they bring with them from previous experience in exchange for a broader, context-based view of communication. Writing, thus, is a place of contingency, something malleable that we compose with attention to audience, purpose, exigence, and context.  Along with traditional academic texts, I also introduce podcasts, TedTalks, and spoken work poetry into my lectures.

Research Interests

Multimodal textuality, digital literacy, reflective writing, teaching for transfer (TFT), and writing studies.

I serve on our department’s First-Year Composition Committee (FYCC), and I am an active member of NTCE and CCC.


English 1101