Research and Publications Committee

The goal of the AWAC Research and Publications Committee is to promote excellence in WAC research by providing opportunities to network, recognizing exemplary work, and creating opportunities for wider and more diverse participation in WAC research agendas.

Research in WAC should not only support our current traditions of academic writing, but also challenge them. As a committee, we are especially interested in supporting WAC scholarship that centers on diverse, equitable, and inclusive research practices; anti-racist/anti-oppressive writing pedagogies; social justice; and the increasingly international character of WAC as a field. We see rich opportunities for growth in all these areas.

We welcome committee members from all academic ranks, graduate students and emeriti, tenured and untenured, contingent and contracted alike; a range of racialized, gendered, classed, and embodied identities and backgrounds; and institutional affiliations, including SLACs, MSIs, HBCUs, AANAPISIs, two-year colleges, tribal colleges, regional comprehensives, R1 universities, and institutions across the globe. We understand and value the ways these backgrounds, identities, and institutional contexts bear on the experiences, expertise, and needs our members bring to researching and publishing in the field.

Our current activities include:

  • Coordinating writing groups
  • Sponsoring research and dissertation grants
  • Mentoring WAC researchers
  • Partnering with editors and publishers in WAC
  • Sponsoring WAC-focused conference panels

All Research and Publications Committee Members

Christopher Basgier, Auburn University
Beth Carroll, Appalachian State University
Jake Castle, Middle Tennessee State University
Min-Seok Choi, The Ohio State University
Tom Deans, University of Connecticut
Kimberly Donovan, U of New Hampshire at Mantchester
Heather M. Falconer, Curry College
Gracemarie Mike Fillenwarth, Rowan University
Susanne Hall, California Institute of Technology
Jennifer Hartshorn, Savannah College of Art and Design
Ashley Holmes, Georgia State University
Jacob Kaltenbach, Purdue University Global
Jacqueline Kauza, The Ohio State University
Maria Lewis,
Kgabo Maphoto,
Jason Markins,
Shubhangi Mehrotra,
Callie Messerschmidt,
Debbie Olson, Missouri Valley College
Michael Pemberton, Georgia Southern University
Gilma Linette Ramirez,
Daniel Ruefman, University of Wisconsin -- Stout
Kershnee Sevnarayan,
Stacey Sheriff, Colby College
Kathleen Turner Ledgerwood, Lincoln University
Elizabeth Wardle, Miami University (OH)
Hany Zaky,


Minutes from the Research and Publications Committee meetings are available to all AWAC members.