PhD Students Win CCCC Awards
PhD candidates Ashanka Kumari and Khirsten Echols have each received a highly competitive Scholars for the Dream Travel Award from CCCC. This is a very competitive national travel award for graduate students, and will allow Ashanka and Khirsten to travel to Kansas City in March to share their work at the CCCC conference.
Khirsten L. Echols holds degrees in English Language and Literature from Tougaloo College (BA) and Composition, Rhetoric, and English Studies from the University of Alabama (MA). Since 2013, she has taught a range of introductory and advanced courses in Composition, Business and Technical Writing, Literature, and University Orientation. She also has one year of experience as an editor of Cardinal Compositions, U of L’s digital and print student writing publication, and as a Writing Across the Curriculum consultant at Kentucky State University. At the 2018 CCCC conference in Kansas City she will present a paper on Digital Black Lit and Composition, titled "DBLAC: For Us, By Us.”
Ashanka Kumari's work examines graduate student professionalization, multimodal composition and pedagogy and the intersections among identity studies, digital literacies, social media, and popular culture. Additionally, Ashanka serves as an Assistant Director of the Thomas R. Watson Conference and an Assistant Editor of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. Ashanka holds a B.A. in English and B.A.C. in Journalism from the University of Alabama and an M.A. in English, Composition and Rhetoric from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. At the 2018 CCCC conference she will present her paper “‘My Life Is Just Like a List Now’: PhD Student Perceptions on Navigating Graduate Lives.”
Congratulations to Khirsten and Ashanka for their remarkable achievements!