This session is devoted to poster presentations by graduate students, who are showcasing their research-in-progress.
The first poster presentation is by Erika Johnson of Texas Woman’s University. Her project is entitled “The ‘Problem’ of Pronouns: ‘I,’ ‘You,’ and ‘We’ All Argue.” Erika contends that instead of seeing students’ pronoun usage as evidence of error, we should see this usage as arguments and strategies by which students are attempting to write themselves into various arguments and texts.
Our second poster presentation is by Justin King Rademaekers from West Chester University, focusing on WCU’s placement system. Their writing program has tried to combine elements of self-directed placement and accelerated learning programs (ALP).
The final poster presentation is from Leonara Anyango-Kivuva of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her work focuses on English Language Learners (ELLs), and she begins by stressing that while BW and ELL scholars don’t often interact, she feels very comfortable in this room, listening to conversations that touch on issues she deals with every day. There is more overlap in our scholarship that we sometimes acknowledge.
Her presentation is titled “Writing Journeys, Writing Selves,” and discusses the writing of Burundian refugees. This subject is the focus of her dissertation research, which she recently defended (congratulations!).