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Rachel Claire Riedner Faculty Member

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As a scholar of rhetoric and composition, I have active research and scholarship in writing studies. In terms of research, with my colleague Royce Francis, Associate Professor of Systems Engineering and Marie Parietti, Professor of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech, funded by the National Science Foundation for a grant entitled The Writes Project. This NSF grant support research on writing and identity in engineering education. With colleagues from GW's Physics Department, Alexander van der Horst, Bill Briscoe, and Gary White, as well as my Writing Program colleague, Carol Hayes, I am involved with a long term research project that studies writing and genre in STEM education. This study previously received a DICE award in AY 18/19 and received received an OVPR Cross-Disciplinary Grant support from GW in 2020. We are currently building towards an NSF submission. In terms of scholarship in writing studies, I am working with colleagues in Europe who are building infrastructure for the teaching of writing. A longstanding collaboration with colleagues at two Irish institutions, Maynooth University and Technological University, Dublin, and a new collaboration with the University of Limerick has created support for Irish writing in the disciplines teaching and research, and support for writing centers and writing in the disciplines curriculum in Ireland. My goal is to create more curricular and scholarly connections and collaborations between US and Irish colleagues. To accomplish these goals, I have several publications including an interview published this year with Ide O'Sullivan, the founder of the first writing centre in Ireland, in a US based rhetoric and composition journal. Another interview with Jonathan Worley, director of the Writing Centre at St Mary's College, Belfast, is in preparation. Maria Jose Gonzalez from TU Dublin has invited me to participate in the creation of a master's curriculum in Writing Studies for the entire country. My scholarship in feminist transnational rhetorics is the area that I have been engaged with for the longest period of time (my first and second books are in this area). My current (co-authored with Dr. Rebecca Dingo) book that received an advanced contract from University of Pittsburgh Press, a prestigious series in the field of rhetoric and composition. Tentatively titled, Beyond Recovery: Toward Feminist Rhetorical Praxis, the book offers a critique of the dominant methodologies used in feminist rhetorical studies: historical recovery, recognition politics, and affirmation narratives. Drawing from transnational feminist theory, intersectional feminist approaches, and cultural studies analysis of power, the book demonstrates a new method for doing feminist rhetorical scholarship. Currently, we have five chapters drafted.

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