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Following are some of our alumni and what they are up to now.

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Ellie Browning,
Assistant Professor, Associate Director of Writing in the Disciplines, Critical Writing Program,
University of Pennsylvania

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Lauren Cagle,
Assistant Prof., Dept. of Rhetoric and Writing,
University of Kentucky

Lauren E. Cagle is an Assistant Professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies and Affiliate Faculty in the Environmental Studies major. She teaches courses on environmental rhetoric, technical communication, and communication in the natural and social sciences. Her research focuses on climate change communication, technical communication, disability studies, feminist theory, and ethics. She is especially interested in debates about climate change by non-technical stakeholders in the public sphere. Cagle's work has been published in Technical Communication Quarterly, the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, and the Journal of Business and Technical Communication.

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Greg Giberson,
Associate Professor of Writing and Rhetoric,
Oakland University

His work focuses primarily on the history and development of the undergraduate writing major. He has served as the director of the writing major at Oakland as well as chief advisor to OU writing majors. He has published three edited scholarly collections: What We Are Becoming: Developments in Undergraduate Writing Majors (Utah State UP); Writing Majors: Eighteen Program Profiles (Utah State UP); The Knowledge Economy Academic and the Commodification of Higher Education (Hampton). He is also coeditor of the Program Profiles section of Composition Forum.

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Sarah Beth Hopton,
Assistant Professor,
Appalachian State University

Sarah Beth joined the Appalachian State University faculty in 2015. Prior to her appointment at ASU, she was a graduate teaching assistant at the University of South Florida where she won the Provost's 21st Century Teaching and Learning award. Her research focuses on discourse analysis and data science methodologies to research discourses generated over controversial and complicated scientific issues like climate change, sustainability practices, and Agent Orange. She is a graduate of Lancaster University's Creative Writing program, and holds a BA from Florida Southern College in journalism. She was the 2000-2001 Rotary Ambassadorial scholar from district 6890. Sarah Beth teaches technical communications, as well as business & professional writing. She is an avid runner and nonfiction writer, and has a forthcoming book about the British murderess Mary Pearcey. Prior to entering the academy, she was managing partner in a successful public affairs firm in Tampa and presently consults with associations and nonprofit organizations on using social media to effect social change.

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Bonnie Lenore Kyburz,
Assistant Professor,
Lewis University

Bonnie Lenore Kyburz teaches writing, rhetoric, and digital media studies. A long time Sundance volunteer, film lover, performer, and rhetorician, Kyburz makes short digital films that hope to resonate as entertaining, provocative arguments, especially for an evolving linguistic academic scene. Her work also appears in Composition Studies, College English, and other NCTE publications. She is currently working toward publication of her book Screen(ing) Rhetorics: Affective Digital Mediations Toward Film-Composition with the #writing series and West Virginia University Press.

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Megan McIntyre, Lecturer Dartmouth University

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Kate Pantelides,
Assistant Professor,
Middle Tennessee State University

Kate Pantelides, PhD, has taught rhetoric, composition, and technical communication courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her research interests include rhetorical genre studies, discourse analysis, computer mediated communication, writing program administration, and the experience of parents in academe.  Pantelides' work has been published in College Composition and Communication, Composition Studies, Computers and Composition: An International Journal, and Composition Forum, among other venues. 

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Daisy Pignetti,
University of Wisconsin-Stout

Daisy Pignetti recently became the Program Director of the online BS in Professional Communication and Emerging Media. A proud New Orleans native, she has presented her research on citizen journalism and social media use in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to the Oxford Internet Institute and Association of Internet Researchers. She has also shared best practices for teaching with social media at The Teaching Professor, Technology, Computers and Writing, and College Composition and Communication conferences, and publications on these topics appear in Digital Tools in Composition Studies: Critical Dimensions and Implications" and the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives.

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Dan Richards,
Assistant Professor,
Old Dominion University

Daniel Richards specializes in technical and professional writing. His research interests include the visual risk communication, writing pedagogy, posthuman theory, and American pragmatism.

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Kyle Stedman,
Assistant Professor of English,
Rockford University

Kyle D. Stedman directs the writing center and teaches digital rhetoric, professional communication, first-year composition, and creative nonfiction. His work on music, intellectual property, and remix has appeared in Computers and Composition, Composition Forum, Harlot, and the Writing Spaces and Writing Commons"series of online textbooks. Once, he played a record with a sewing pin taped to a cone of construction paper during a conference presentation. He tweets a lot about the 90s TV show Party of Five@kstedman.

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Todd Taylor,
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Todd was born in the bitterly cold upper Northeast, a fact he has suppressed by living in (and loving) the South since he was three years old. His parents kept him in Jacksonville, FL from 1967 to 1973; Atlanta, GA from 1973 to 1977; and Tampa, FL from 1977 to 1983.

Todd attended Emory University in Atlanta from 1983 to 1987, graduating with a BA in English. He worked briefly in restaurants and advertising before beginning graduate studies at the University of South Florida in Tampa in 1991. There he completed a PhD in English with a specialization in rhetoric and composition. He joined the faculty in English at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in July 1997. He received tenure in July 2002 and became a full professor in July 2007. Todd served as Director of the UNC Writing Program from July 2005 to July 2009. In July 2009, he was appointed the Norman and Dorothy Eliason Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature. He directed the London Honors Study Abroad Program, Winston House, UK in fall 2009.

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Janice Walker,
Georgia Southern University

Janice R. Walker has published journal articles, book chapters, and books about computers and writing, research and documentation, tenure and promotion issues, and writing. She is founder and coordinator of the Graduate Research Network at the annual Computers and Writing conference, and co-coordinator for the Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy hosted annually by Georgia Southern University.