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Writing Walk-In Services Director, Lecturer
Kate Navickas is the Director of the Writing Walk-In Service and teaches Writing Workshop courses. She is joining the Knight Institute this year after finishing her PhD in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric from Syracuse University. She enjoys talking about, teaching, and working on writing with all writers—students, professionals, tutors, and teachers.
As the Director of the Writing Walk-In Service, Kate enjoys working with tutors and writers to not only improve specific writing projects, but to also grow more confident as writers. She aims to foster a strong collaborative team of tutors who love talking about and working with writing in order to give students the support they need at any stage in the writing process.
Her writing classes tend to focus on how writers understand, analyze and synthesize texts, work with other writers’ ideas, and the students’ own ideas. In her courses, she emphasizes a rhetorical approach that encourages students to consider how a communication’s audience, purpose, context, genre, and the writer’s identity can help writers to better navigate new writing situations. In addition to explicit discussions about how writing works, her fall 2016 courses will investigate civic writing. Kate believes that by studying how, why and where citizens engage with public issues, the course will offer a critical consideration of some of the ethical elements involved with public writing and civic engagement.
Kate has taught a variety of writing courses—from first year writing to professional writing to advanced research writing courses—on a variety of topics. Some of these courses have focused on literacy and language, sex and sexuality in pop culture, race in language and American culture, and on archival research into student histories at her previous institution. She enjoys developing courses that are relevant to student interests and delve into the complex social and cultural issues we all face.
Her dissertation research was on feminist writing assignments. In her work, she argues that pedagogical values, whether feminist or otherwise, should be visible in writing assignments as well as classroom practices. She is currently working on a conference proceedings publication on mapping pedagogy as an exercise for TA training. In addition to feminist pedagogy, her research interests include writing center scholarship, writing program administration, feminist rhetorics and social justice issues, and composition pedagogies and histories.
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