Dr. Kara Poe Alexander
PDF of CV (Updated Fall 2013)
Ph.D., University of Louisville, 2006
Field: English Rhetoric and Composition
Dissertation: “Implicit Response: Instructor Values and Social Class in the Literacy Narrative Assignment”
Dissertation Committee: Joanna Wolfe (Director), Bronwyn Williams, Debra Journet, Susan Ryan, Ann Larson
M.A., Abilene Christian University, 2002
Concentration: Rhetoric and Composition
B.S., Abilene Christian University, 1999, Summa Cum Laude
Field: English and History
Minor: Secondary Education
Endorsement: English as a Second Language (ESL)
Certification: Texas Lifetime Teaching Certificate
ACADEMIC EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
Associate Professor of English, Professional Writing Program, Baylor University, 2013-present
Assistant Professor of English, Professional Writing Program, Baylor University, 2006-present
Instructor, Department of English, Abilene Christian University, Summer 2005, Summer 2006
Instructor, Department of English, Central Texas College, 2006
Assistant Director of Composition, Department of English, University of Louisville, 2004
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of English, University of Louisville, 2002– 2004
Co-Director of the Thomas R. Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition, Department of English, University of Louisville, 2002–2004
Assistant Director of the Writing Centers Research Project (WCRP), University of Louisville, 2003–2004
Research Assistant, Department of English, University of Louisville, 2002– 2004. Worked on a National Science Foundation Grant with Dr. Joanna Wolfe.
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of English, Abilene Christian University, 2001–2002
Writing Center Consultant, University Writing Center, Abilene Christian University, 2001–2002
Composition theory and pedagogy, technical communication, teamwork and collaborative writing, digital and multimodal composition, service learning, literacy studies
Alexander, Kara Poe. (Forthcoming, 2013). Material affordances: Message and hapticity in multimodal scrapbook compositions. Composition Forum. Volume 27.
Alexander, Kara Poe. (Forthcoming, 2013). The usability of print and online video instructions. Technical Communication Quarterly. Volume 22.
Alexander, Kara Poe, Powell, Beth, and Borton, Sonya. (2011/2012). Understanding modal affordances: Student perceptions of potentials and limitations in multimodal composition. Basic Writing e-Journal, 10/11. Special Issue: “Multimodal Composing: Opportunities and Challenges in Basic Writing Contexts.” Issue Editor: Barbara Gleason.
Alexander, Kara Poe. (2011). Successes, victims, and prodigies: “Master” and “little” cultural narratives in the literacy narrative genre. College Composition and Communication, 62(4): 608–633.
Wolfe, Joanna, Britt, Cynthia, and Alexander, Kara Poe. (2011). Teaching the IMRaD genre: Sentence combining and pattern practice revisited. Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 25(2), 119–158.
Wolfe, Joanna and Alexander, Kara Poe. (2005). The computer expert in a mixed-gendered collaborative writing group. Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 19(2), 135–170.
Alexander, Kara Poe. (2004). Literacy practices and literacy events of a 21st century American child. [Digital Video Composition] Computers and Composition Online: An International Journal, 2(1) (13:40). Republished in Cynthia L. Selfe (Ed.), Multimodal composition for the 21st century: A resource book for teachers. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2007.
Refereed Book Chapters
Alexander, Kara Poe, and Powell, Beth. (Forthcoming, 2012). Team writing for the community: Literacies developed in a service-learning context. In Isabel Baca (Ed.), Service-learning and writing: Paving the way for literacy(ies): through community engagement. Emerald Group Publishing.
Alexander, Kara Poe. (2012). Collaborative composing: Practices and strategies for implementing team projects into writing classrooms. In Kathleen Hunzer (Ed.), Collaborative learning and writing: Essays on using small groups in teaching English and composition (pp. 181–200). Jefferson, NC: McFarland Press.
Alexander, Kara Poe. (2007). More about Reading, responding, and revising. In C. L. Selfe (Ed.), Multimodal composition for the 21st century: A resource book for teachers (pp. 113–131). Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.
Powell, Beth. Alexander, Kara Poe, and Borton, Sonya. (2011). Interaction of author, audience, and purpose in multimodal texts: Students’ discovery of their role as composer. Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. PraxisWiki 15(2). Webtext/Multimedia Composition.
Alexander, Kara Poe. (2007). Literacy Practices and Literacy Events of a 21st Century American Child [CD-ROM]. In C. L. Selfe (Ed.), Multimodal Composition for the 21st Century: A Resource Book for Teachers. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press. (13:40)
FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS, AND SABBATICALS
University Research Committee (URC) Small-Range Grant, “Writing Matters: Technical and Professional Writing in Careers.” $3860 awarded. Baylor University, 2012–2013.
Baylor University Teaching Development Grant, $1500 awarded. Summer Seminar in Rhetoric and Composition, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 2012.
Faculty Fellow, Summer Faculty Institute, Baylor, 2010.
Summer Sabbatical, “Usability, Retention, Satisfaction, and Efficiency of Video and Print-Based Technical Instructions.” Baylor, 2009.
Summer Sabbatical, “Multimodality and Technical Writing: The Case of Instructions.” Baylor, 2008.
URC Small-Range Grant, “Multimodality and Technical Writing: The Case of Instructions.” $2570 awarded. Baylor, 2007–2008.
Summer Sabbatical, “Rhetorical Elements and Composing Strategies: What Multimodal Essays Teach Students about Writing.” Baylor, 2007.
URC Small-Range Grant, “Rhetorical Elements and Composing Strategies: What Multimodal Essays Teach Students about Writing.” $1600 awarded. Baylor, 2006–2007.
NATIONAL CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
“Hashtags, Posts, and Tweets: Digital Marketing through Social Media.” Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). Las Vegas, NV, 2013. (Accepted)
“Usability and Affordances in Print and Video Instructions.” Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC). Houghton, MI, 2012. (Accepted).
“Instructor Assessments of Reflection-in-Presentation in the Literacy Narrative Assignment.” CCCC. St. Louis, MO, 2012.
“Networks in Service-Learning and Team Projects: How Student Teams Perform in Real-World Contexts.” Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW) Conference. Atlanta, GA, 2011.
“Technical Instructions’ Impact on Users: Relationships between Print and Multimodal Texts.” CCCC. Atlanta, GA, 2011.
“Synergistic English: Material Design and Message in Multimodal Scrapbooks.” Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition. Louisville, KY, 2010.
“The Composition Remix: Revisiting Students’ Use of Print Affordances to Better Understand How They View Multimodal Affordances.” CCCC. Louisville, KY, 2010.
“Synergistic Creations: Material Design and Message in Multimodal Scrapbooks.” CCCC. San Francisco, 2009.
“Rhetoric in the New Work of Composing: Exploring How Students Understand Rhetorical Elements in Multimodal Compositions.” Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition. Louisville, KY, 2008.
“Attending to the Realities of our Students: Student Perceptions of Print Texts and Multimodal Compositions in Writing Classrooms.” CCCC. New Orleans, LA, 2008.
“Reading Stories: Instructor Responses to Master Literacy Narratives of Students.” CCCC. New York, 2007.
“Master Literacy Narratives Unveiled: The Stories Students Perform when They Write about Literacy.” Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition. Louisville, KY, 2006.
“New Regions of Composing: Exploring Multimodality in the Writing Classroom.” College English Association Conference. San Antonio, TX, 2006.
“Rhetorical Reflection in Literacy Narratives: What Instructors Value in Student Texts.” CCCC. Chicago, 2006.
“Owning Discourse: Celie’s Development and Empowerment in Alice Walker’s The Color Purple.” 20th Century Literature Conference. Louisville, KY, 2006.
“Composing Images, Creating Texts: A Conversation about Incorporating Multimodality into the Composition Classroom.” CCCC. San Francisco, CA, 2005.
“A Rhetorical Wrangling with Literacy: Grappling with Dominant Notions of Literacy in Sapphire’s Push.” 20th Century Literature Conference. Louisville, KY, 2005.
“The Significance of the Stories Students Tell: A Perspective Based on Empirical Research.” National Council of Teachers of English. Indianapolis, IN, 2004.
“Incorporating Multimodal Projects into the Classroom: Sharing Audio and Video Projects.” Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition. Louisville, KY, 2004.
“A Woman’s Place in a Mixed-Gendered Technical Writing Team.” CCCC. San Antonio, 2004.
“‘Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death’: Patrick Henry’s Use of Ethical and Spiritual Metaphors in His Political Speech.” Rhetoric Society of America Conference. Austin, 2004.
On the undergraduate level, all levels of composition and technical and professional writing, including workplace writing, digital writing, writing with new media, multimodal composition, advanced composition, and first-year writing; graduate courses in composition theory, the teaching of writing, literacy studies, and digital and multimodal composition.
Baylor University (* designed original course)
English Department Courses
English 1302 Thinking and Writing
English 3300 Technical and Professional Writing
English 3300 ECS: Technical and Professional Writing for Engineering and Computer Science
English 3303 Advanced Expository Writing
English 4309 Advanced Argumentative and Persuasive Writing
English 4318 Writing for the Workplace
English 4375 Special Topics in Writing, “Multimodal Composition and Digital Rhetoric”*
English 4375 Special Topics in Writing, “Writing in a Digital Age”*
English 4377 Internship in Professional Writing
English 4397 Professional Internship for English Literature Majors
English 5310 Rhetoric and Composition Graduate Seminar, “Literacy, Multimodality, and Composition”*
Engineering 4301 Global Business: Economics and Communication. Co-taught with Distinguished Professor of Engineering, Walter Bradley (retired), and Assistant Dean of Business, Anne Grinols
Abilene Christian University
English 111 Composition and Rhetoric
English 326 Business and Professional Writing Online
Central Texas College
English 1301 Composition 1
University of Louisville
English 101 Introduction to College Writing
English 102 Computer-Assisted Introduction to College Writing
English 105 Advanced Composition for First-Year Writers
English 303 Scientific and Technical Writing
English 373/WGS 325 Women in Literature
INVITED LECTURES AND WORKSHOPS
“Establishing a Professional Identity Online through the Use of Social Media and a Professional Web Site,” Presented to English Faculty and Graduate Students, Baylor University, 2012.
“Using Blogs for Travel Writing,” Dr. Mary Lynn Klingman’s Travel Writing course, Baylor, 2011.
Guest Speaker, “Using Smart Classrooms to Enhance Teaching,” Presented to English Faculty and Graduate Students, Baylor, 2011.
“Literacy as Plural, Multimodal, and Contextual,” Presented to Dr. Donna Walker-Nixon’s English 3303 (Advanced Expository Writing) students, Baylor, 2011.
“Rhetoric and Grammar in the Writing Classroom: Issues and Challenges,” Presentation to Dr. Mary Lynn Klingman’s Writing Center Practicum, Baylor, 2011.
“Professional Writing in Social Work,” Students in the Master of Social Work program, School of Social Work, Baylor, 2010.
“Teaching First-Year College Writing Successfully,” Advanced Placement Summer Institute for Teachers. Baylor, 2008, 2009.
“How to Teach Grammar in the Context of Student Writing,” Dr. Mona Choucair’s English Education course, Baylor, 2007.
“Teaching Grammar Rhetorically,” Dr. Mary Lynn Klingman’s Writing Center Practicum course, Baylor, 2006.
“Preparing for College Writing: Papers, Papers, and More Papers,” NIA College Preparation Conference for Diversity, University of Louisville (UofL), Louisville, KY, October 2004.
“Collaborative Learning in the Classroom.” Presented with Sonya Borton and Beth Powell at orientation for all new Graduate Teaching Assistants, UofL, 2004.
“Literacy for the 21st Century: A Glimpse of the Future through Multimodal Texts,” Presented with Dr. Cynthia Selfe and other students in Literacy, Technology, and Education course, Delphi Center, UofL, 2004.
“Incorporating Team Projects into Your Writing Class,” Presented with Dr. Joanna Wolfe at orientation for all new composition instructors, UofL, 2003.
“Responding to Student Writing,” Writing Workshop Series for Faculty, Abilene Christian University (ACU), 2002.
“Incorporating Writing across the Curriculum,” Writing Workshop Series for Faculty, ACU, 2002.
“Peer Review Workshops in the Classrooms,” Writing Workshop Series for Faculty, ACU, 2002.
“Primary and Secondary Research Methodologies,” Writing Workshop Series for Faculty, ACU, 2001.
“Utilizing Writing Conferences in the Classroom,” Writing Workshop Series for Faculty, ACU, 2001.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Alpha Delta Pi Top 100 Favorite Professors, Baylor University, 2008–2009
Alpha Delta Pi Top 100 Favorite Professors, Baylor University, 2007–2008
Alpha Delta Pi Top 100 Favorite Professors, Baylor University, 2006–2007
Graduate Dean’s Citation, University of Louisville, 2006
Barbara Plattus Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching, University of Louisville, 2003–2004
First Place in Graduate Research, Metroversity Writing Competition, “Standing Against One’s Self: Detection and Voyeurism in Lady Audley’s Secret,” 2004
Honorable Mention in Graduate Research, Metroversity Writing Competition, “A Will to Survive: Immigrant Women in My Antonia,” 2003
Red and Black Faculty Mentor, University of Louisville, 2002–2003
Member, Alpha Chi National Honor Society, Abilene Christian University, 1995–1999
President, Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, Abilene Christian University, 1997
Member, Pi Lambda Theta, International Honor Society and Professional Association in Education, 1997–99
Who’s Who among American Colleges and Universities, Abilene Christian University, 1998, 1999
Summer Seminar in Rhetoric and Composition, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, June 2012
Academy for Teaching and Learning’s New Media Seminar, “Awakening the Digital Imagination: A Networked Faculty-Staff Development Seminar,” Baylor University, Spring 2012
Educational Technology Showcase, Collaboration between Baylor Libraries and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Spring Learning Focus Session, Baylor, 2012
“Flattening the Classroom: Building Collaborative Learning Environments,” organized by the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, Baylor, 2010
Digital Storytelling Workshop, Baylor, 2009
New Media Consortium Conference, Baylor, 2009
Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW)
Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition (CWSHRC)
Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC)
Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC)
Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives (DALN)
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
Women in Professional and Technical Communication (WPTC)
Online Content Writer, MyTechCommLab, Pearson Publishing, 2012
Editorial Associate and peer reviewer for the journal, Literacy in Composition Studies, 2012-present
Reviewer, Composition Forum: A Journal of Pedagogical Theory in Rhetoric and Composition, 2012-present
Booth Volunteer, Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives (DALN), CCCC Conference, 2010, 2012
Outside Reviewer, Questions and Concepts, Cengage Publishing, 2012.
Reviewer for Pearson, “Model Documents” in MyCompLab and MyTechCommLab, 2012
Outside Reviewer, Good Writing. Oxford University Press, 2012.
Outside Reviewer, The St. Martin’s Guide Batch 3 Readings. Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2011.
Outside Reviewer, On Composition. Pearson, 2011.
Outside Reviewer, The St. Martin’s Guide to Writing. 9th ed. Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2011.
Member of a Writing Group, Baylor, 2010-present.
Outside Reviewer, Conversation by Susan Walsh. Wadsworth Publishing, 2010.
Outside Reviewer, The Practical Argument. Cengage Press, 2009.
Researcher, “Global Business: Economics and Communication” Research Group. In collaboration with the Engineering Department at Baylor. 2009.
Outside Reviewer, Understanding Style by Joe Glaser, 2nd edition. Oxford University Press, 2008.
Professional Writing Representative at Waco Non-Profit Network monthly meetings, 2006–2008.
Member of Graduate Faculty, 2006-present
Member of Professional Writing Committee, 2006-present
Member of Technology Committee, 2006-present
Advisor for students majoring in Professional Writing, 2006-present
Participant in Baylor’s Parent-Teacher Coffee, 2006–2010
Participant in the Beall Poetry Festival, 2006-present
Faculty Participant, Student Professional Writing Organization, 2008-present
Official English Department “Tweeter,” I created and currently maintain the Twitter Page for the Department of English at Baylor, 2008-present
Faculty Advisor to English Graduate Students, 2010–2011
Speaker at the English/Professional Writing/Linguistics Academic Session during Baylor’s Premiere Weekend, Spring 2010
Created flier for Dr. William Virgil Davis’ Poetry Reading, 2010
Member of Undergraduate Studies Committee, 2009–2010
Member of Student Scholarships and Awards Committee, 2009–2010
Member of Search Committee, Professional Writing Position, 2009–2010
Created brochure for Dr. Roger Rosenblatt’s “Tell Me a Story” presentation, 2009
Created brochure for Shannon P. Meehan and Roger Thompson’s presentation on their book, Beyond Duty: Life on the Frontline in Iraq, 2009
Member of Ad Hoc Committee for English Departmental Website, 2006–2008
Faculty Mentor to Graduate Teaching Assistants in the English Department, 2007, 2008
Researcher for Professional Writing Committee, 2007.
Active Participant in New Faculty Mentoring Meetings, 2006–2007
Active Participant in New Faculty Orientation, August 2006
University of Louisville
Graduate Student Representative of Comprehensive Exam Committee, English Department, University of Louisville, 2003–2004
Director of Spring Speaker Committee, organized and facilitated the event that brought Dr. Helen Fox to campus, English Department, University of Louisville, 2003–2004
Treasurer, English Graduate Organization, University of Louisville, 2003– 2004
Member, English Graduate Organization, University of Louisville, 2002–2004
Member, Twentieth Century Literature Conference Committee, University of Louisville, 2003, 2004
Member of Communications/Media University Committee, Baylor University, 2010-present
Contributor to Provost’s Office inventory of internships, Baylor, 2012
Volunteer for Baylor’s Annual Move-In Day, Baylor, 2008, 2009, 2012
Participant in the Academy for Teaching and Learning’s New Media Seminar, “Awakening the Digital Imagination: A Networked Faculty-Staff Development Seminar,” Baylor, 2012
Participant in HERStories, Baylor, 2010
Faculty Fellow, Summer Faculty Institute, Baylor, 2010
Faculty Partner, Dawson Residence Hall, Baylor, 2008–2010.
Participant in Baylor University Faculty Retreat, 2009
Professional Writing Faculty Representative to Prospective Students, Baylor, 2007–2009
Leader of University 1000, Baylor, 2008, 2009
Host of Welcome Week Dinner for Incoming Students, Baylor, 2008, 2009
Active Participant of a “Teaching Commons” Group, Baylor, 2006–2007
Member, McBay-Sims Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), 2010-present
Volunteer, Caritas, Mexia, TX, 2011
Tutor, Brain Ramp After-School Tutoring Program, Mexia, TX, 2011
Troop Leader, Girl Scouts of Central Texas, 2010–2011
Tee Ball Coach, Mexia, TX, 2010
Parent Volunteer, Texas Christian Academy, 2007–2009
Volunteer, Mission Waco Toy Drive, 2008