Bronwyn T. Williams

Email: bronwyn.williams @
Office Hours: Spring Term: Th 3:00 - 5:00


Courses Taught

Prerequisite ENGL 300 or ENGL 309 or ENGL 310, or consent of instructor. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR). Introduction to the theory, research, and practice that informs the effective teaching of writing.
Prepares incoming TA's to teach in the University Writing Center. Provides a solid theoretical background for examining pedagogical issues important to an effective writing center, including such concerns as approaches to consulting with students, the role of grammar instruction in the writing center, consulting strategies for ESL students, the importance of computers in the writing center, record-keeping and resource development.
Involves discussion and analysis of advanced research topics leading to the dissertation.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing; English 691 or equivalent. A graduate seminar dealing with a specific topic or area of inquiry within the broad field of post-1900 theories of interpretation.

Educational Background:

  • Ph.D. from University of New Hampshire

Teaching Areas:

  • Writing Pedagogy and Theory; Literacy and Popular Culture; Writing with New Media; Literacy and Identity; Creative Nonfiction; Writing About Literature

Research Interests:

  • Literacy, Popular Culture, and Pedagogy; Literacy and Identity; New Media and Literacy; Creative Nonfiction and the "Personal" in writing; Cross-Cultural Literacy Practices

Honors & Awards:

  • Fulbright Fellowship - University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. Spring 2013


Personal Website


    Select Publications:


    New Media Literacies and Participatory Popular Culture Across Borders. Edited Collection. With Amy A. Zenger. Routledge Press. 2012

    Shimmering Literacies: Popular Culture and Reading and Writing Online. New Literacies and Digital Epistemologies Series. Peter Lang. 2009.

    Popular Culture and Representations of Literacy. With Amy A.Zenger. Routledge Press. 2007.

    Identity Papers: Literacy and Power in Higher Education. Editor of Collection. Utah State University Press. 2006.

    Tuned In: Television and the Teaching of Writing. Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook. 2002.

    Shimmering Literacies: Popular Culture and Reading and Writing Online. London: Peter Lang. (In Press).

    Journal Articles

    “Collages of Identity: Popular Culture, Emotion, and Online Literacies” National Society for the Study of Education, 110.1. 2011,  200–219

    “Dancing with Don: Or Waltzing with ‘Expressivism’” Enculturation. Fall 2011.

    “Seeking New Worlds: The Study of Writing Beyond our Classrooms” College Composition and Communication. 62.1 September 2010. 127-146.

    “Multilingual Literacy Strategies in Online Worlds” Response Essay. JAC 29.1&2. 2009. 255-259.

    “`Which South Park Character Are You?’ Popular Culture, Literacy, and Online Performances of Identity” Computers And Composition 25.1. 2008 24-39.

    “Dancing with Don: Or Waltzing with “Expressivism” Enculturation. Fall 2008.

    “Who Reads and Writes in Hollywood?: Reading Representations of Literacy in Contemporary Movies” With Amy Zenger International Journal of Learning. Vol 11. 2004.

    “Television, Authorship, and Student Writers.” Academic Exchange Quarterly. Special Issue on Media Literacy. 8.1. Spring 2004. 129-133.

    “Speak for Yourself?: Power and Hybridity in the Cross-Cultural Classroom.” College Composition and Communication. 54.4 June 2003. 586-609.

    “What They See is What We Get: Television and Middle School Writers” Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy 46.7 April 2003. 546-554.

    “Never Let the Truth Stand in the Way of a Good Story: A Work for Three Voices.” College English. 65.3. January 2003. 586-609.

    “The Pleasures Brought to Class: Literacy, Popular Culture, and the Middle School Classroom.” International Journal of Learning. Vol. 10. 2003. 965-976.

    “Reflections on a Shimmering Screen: Television’s Relationship to Writing Pedagogies.” The Writing Instructor. 2.0. December 2001.

    Book Chapters

    “Control and the Classroom in the Digital University: the Effect of Course Management Systems on Pedagogy.” in Literacy in the Digital University: Critical Perspectives on Learning, Scholarship, and Technology. Robin Goodfellow and Mary Lea, Eds. Routledge. 2013. 173-184

    “Writing Creative Nonfiction” in The Blackwell Companion to Creative Writing. Graeme Harper, Ed. Wiley Blackwell. 2013. 24-39.

    “The World on Your Screen: New Media, Remix, and the Politics of Cross-Cultural Contact.” In New Media Literacies and Participatory Popular Culture Across Borders. Edited Collection. With Amy A. Zenger. Routledge Press. 2012. 17-32.

    “Introduction: Popular Culture and Literacy in a Networked World.” In New Media Literacies and Participatory Popular Culture Across Borders. Edited Collection. With Amy A. Zenger. Routledge Press. 2012. 1-14.

    “Ethics and Representation.” with Mary  Brydon-Miller. for Sage Handbook of Digital Dissertations and Theses, Richard Andrews, et al. Eds. 2012. 181-197.

    “‘I’m not Always Laughing at the Jokes’: Humor as a Force for Disruption” With Julie Faulkner. In Disrupting Pedagogies and Teaching the Knowledge Society: Countering Conservative Norms with Creative Approaches. Julie Faulkner, Ed. IGI Global. 2011.

    “Riding Critical and Cultural Boundaries: A Multiliteracies Approach to Television Sitcoms” with Julie Faulkner. In Multiliteracies and Technology Enhanced Education: Social Practice and the Global Classroom. Darren Pullen and David Cole, Eds. Hershey, PA: IGI Global. 2009. 71-82.

    "Inspired Artists and Office Drones: Taking Literacy Narratives to the Movies" In Using Popular Culture in the Writing Classroom. Allison Smith, Trixie Smith, and Rebecca Bobbitt, Eds. Wadsworth. 2008.

    “Foreword” Multimodal Composition: Resources for Teachers. Cynthia Selfe, Ed. Hampton Press 2007.

    “Introduction: Literacy, Power and the Shaping of Identity. In Identity Papers: Literacy and Power in Higher Education. Bronwyn T. Williams, Ed. Utah State University Press. 2006. 1-13.

    “The Book and the Truth: Faith, Rhetoric, and Teaching Across Cultures.” Negotiating Roles of Faith in Teaching Writing. Elizabeth VanderLei and Bonnie Kyburz, Ed. Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook. 2005. 105-120.

    “Changing Directions: Participatory Research, Agency, and Representation.” With Mary Brydon-Miller. In Ethnography Unbound: From Theory Shock to Critical Praxis. Sidney Dobrin and Stephen Brown, Eds. Albany, NY: SUNY Press. 2004. 241-257.

    “Where Should We Want to Go Today? Some Cultural Implications of Computers and Composition.” In TnT: Texts and Technology. Janice R. Walker and Ollie O. Oviedo. Eds. Hampton Press. 2003. 241-270.