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Student Spotlight May 2013


Hollye Wright



Hollye Wright graduated from UofL in 2006 Magna Cum Laude with a double major in English and Humanities. She received her Master of Arts in Teaching in 2008 and an MA in English from UofL in 2010. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition.


Specific areas of research (how you chose this research, why it interested you):

My research focuses on the literacy practices and skills that traditional students bring with them to college from various high school writing experiences. I explore how students can use the literacy practices and skills gained in the high school setting to foster writing growth and development as a college writer. I am particularly interested in conversations between secondary and post-secondary teachers of writing and the ways in which more collaboration between these groups has the potential to benefit students. I am currently exploring the literacy practices and skills promoted in the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition curriculum, instruction and assessment and the ways in which these practices and skills intersect or do not intersect with first-year composition courses. 

Awards, honors, publications:

In 2012, I received The Carolyn Krause Maddox Prize in Women's & Gender Studies for the best graduate paper on a topic in Women's & Gender Studies. In 2011, I was awarded the Part-Time Lecturer Teaching Award for excellence in teaching by UofL’s Composition Program and Gray’s Bookstore. I also received the ETS Recognition of Excellence in 2008 for an outstanding score on The PRAXIS Series Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12.

Long term goals/ aspirations:

My long-term goal is to teach writing and assist students in transitioning from secondary to post-secondary education. 

What accomplishment, academic or otherwise, are you most proud of?

I am most proud of my educational achievements and my courage to pursue an advanced degree.  

What was your favorite part of the graduate school experience?

My favorite part of the graduate school experience has been working with and learning from people that are passionate about their work. I have also really enjoyed meeting and working with people from different disciplines through my work with the Graduate Student Council.


Fun Facts

A talent you have always wanted:  To play a musical instrument. 
Favorite book: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Favorite quote:  “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple."- Dr. Seuss
Role Model: Too many to mention. 
Pet Peeve:  Side conversations during a presentation or class. 
If you weren’t in graduate school, what would you be doing now? I would probably be teaching middle school Language Arts.  

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