Carmen Christopher

Assistant Professor of English; Learning Center Director
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005 Carlyle Campbell Library (inside the Learning Center)
(919) 760-8611

Areas of Expertise
  • Rhetoric, writing, and composition
  • The rhetorics of the physical body and the materiality of language
  • Lived experience of writers

Work Experience

Professional biography

Carmen Christopher is the Learning Center Director, Assistant Professor of English, and the Dorothy Boone Decker Endowed Chair for Learning.  She earned a PhD from Old Dominion University in Rhetoric and Textual Studies; her dissertation recovers a methodology to map the lived experiences of freshman women students in first-year composition.  She hails from Julian, NC and now lives in Raleigh.   She enjoys gardening, yoga, book club, playing guitar, and boating.

Academic Credentials
  • PhD in English, concentration in rhetoric and textual studies, Old Dominion University
  • MA in English, concentration composition & rhetoric, NC State University
  • BA in English, concentration creative writing, UNC Greensboro

  • Dorothy Boone Decker Endowed Chair for Learning; awarded by the President of Meredith College (September 2012)
  • Laura Harrill Presidential Award for noteworthy contributions to the advancement of Meredith College (May 2012)
  • Sampson Community College Excellence in Teaching Award (May 2006)
  • NC State University Office of the Provost University Award for Excellence (April 2001)

  • “Tutoring Foreign Languages.”  College Reading & Learning Association Tutor Training Handbook.  Eds. Russ Hodges and Karen Agee.  Mason, OH: Cengage Learning, 2012.  348-350.
  • Review of Composition Studies in the New Millennium: Rereading the Past, Rewriting the Future by Lynn Z. Bloom, Donald A. Daiker, and Edward M. White, Eds.  Issues in Writing.  15.2 (Spring/Summer 2005).
  • “Recognizing Dialectical Difference: The Art of Training Writing Tutors” by Beth Bir (Fayetteville State University) and Carmen Christopher (NC State University).  Writing Lab Newsletter.  27.9 (May 2003).
  • Review of Stories from the Center: Connecting Narrative and Theory in the Writing Center by Lynn Craigue Briggs and Meg Woolbright, Eds.  NACADA Journal 22.1 (2002): 96.
  • Co-author of The Transition to Higher Education textbook, NC State, First Year College, 2002-2003.

  • “Many Hands Make Invisible Work: Volunteerism and the Female Academic.”  Panel presentation with Dr. Danielle Roach, Miami University; Ms. Megan Mize, Old Dominion University; and Ms. Sarah McGinley, Wright State University.  Rhetoric Society of America Conference, Atlanta, GA.  May, 2016.
  • “Ensembles of Dignity:  Anxieties in the Public Toilet.”  Virginia Tech’s Gender, Bodies and Technology Conference, Roanoke, VA.  April, 2016.
  • “Sharing Values across the Disciplines:  A Look at Writing Assignments.”  NC State University’s 7th Annual NC Symposium on Teaching Writing, Raleigh, NC.  February 2015.
  • “Lived Experiences of Freshmen Women Students.”  ODU 34th Annual Conference on the Teaching of Writing, Norfolk, VA.  March 2013.
  • “Meeting of Minds:  Extended Cognition and the Public Space of the Composition Classroom.”  College Composition and Communication Conference, Las Vegas, NV.  March, 2013.
  • “Research as Assessment, Assessment as Scholarship.”  NC Writing Center Network’s Southeastern Writing Center Association Conference, Greensboro, NC.  November 16, 2012.
  • “Natural Born Cyborgs?  How Neuroscience Explains Our Students’ Fascination with Unauthorized Technologies in the Classroom.”  ODU’s 32st Annual Spring Conference on the Teaching of Writing, Norfolk, VA.  March 29-30, 2012.

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