Carmen Christopher

Assistant Professor of English; Learning Center Director

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Office: 120 Jones Hall
Phone: (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

Professional biography

Carmen Christopher is the Learning Center Director, Assistant Professor of English, and the Dorothy Boone Decker Endowed Chair for Learning.  She is a doctoral candidate at 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

  • Doctoral candidate in English, concentration in rhetoric and textual studies, at Old Dominion University (projected graduation fall 2014)
  • MA in English, concentration composition & rhetoric, NC State University
  • BA in English, concentration creative writing, UNC Greensboro

Awards

  • 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)

Publications

  • “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.

Presentations

  • “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.
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