My teaching and service continually nourish my research into evidence-based teaching practices, translingual and transcultural pedagogies and asset-based learning. Each fall I present a paper at the annual conference of the Michigan College English Association, where I am also an executive board member: my themes have included “First-Year Students: Finding a Voice,” a reflection on the results of my Preparation for College Writing culture-shock pilot course and my online student culture-shock forum, Dive In. In 2016, I co-chaired the conference, which was, for the first time, paired with the conference of the Michigan Writing Centers Association; I will be co-chairing it again this fall in Bessey Hall (10.5.19). In March 2017 I spoke at the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) with WRAC colleagues on “Fertile Ground: Cultivating Change through a First-Year Writing Conference,” and in 2018, on “Opening Spaces for Languaging, Laboring and Learning.” With colleague Dr. Joyce Meier, I spoke at MSU’s Cultural Rhetorics conference in November 2018, on “Transcultural Rhetorics and The Negotiations of Multilingual First-Year Writing Students.”
In 2018, with a team of WRAC colleagues, I published an article, “Translingual Pedagogy, Rhetorical Listening, and Multimodal Experiences: A First-Year Writing Conference Fosters Intercultural Learning” for the Journal of Global Literacies, Technologies and Emerging Pedagogies. I also co-authored an anthology, Transforming Teaching Through Reflective Writing Experience, with colleagues Denise Acevedo and Joyce Meier. I contributed an essay, “When You Don’t Have a Village,” to the anthology Side by Side, published by MSU Academic Orientation and distributed to all new arriving freshmen.
In the first half of 2019, I have published over 50 poems, many of them protest writings. Here is a partial list: