Jo Ann Griffin

Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition, University of Louisville, 2008

Dr. Griffin is Senior Lecturer in Women's and Gender Studies.

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  • "Comparing Technologies for Virtual Writing Center Conferences: Effects of Medium on Conversation." with Wolfe, Joanna. Writing Center Journal. 32.2 (2012), 60-92.
  • "Relationship Gaming and Identity: Stephanie and Josh." Gaming Lives in the 21st Century. Ed. Gail Hawisher and Cynthia Selfe. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
  • "Making Connections with Writing Centers." Multimodal Composition for the 21st Century: A Resource Book for Teachers. Ed. Cynthia Selfe. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2007.
  • "Local Practices, National Consequences: Surveying and (Re)Constructing Writing Center Identities." with Daniel Keller, Anne-Marie Pedersen, Iswari Pandey, and Carolyn Skinner.  Writing Center Journal. 26.2(2006), 3-21.
  • "Local Practices, Institutional Positions: Results from the 2003-2004 WCRP National Survey of Writing Centers." with Daniel Keller, Iswari Pandey, Anne-Marie Pedersen, and Carolyn Skinner. Writing Centers Research Project, University of Louisville,, 2005.
  • Writing at the Center: Proceedings of the 2004 Thomas R. Watson Conference, Louisville, KY. 7-9 Oct. 2004. Editor with Carol Mattingly and Michele Eodice. Emmitsburg, MD: IWCA Press, 2007.

Recent and Current Courses

  • Writing in Women's and Gender Studies
  • Women in American Culture
  • Women's Personal Narratives
  • Women: Humor and Comedy
  • Humanities Perspectives on Sex Roles
  • Gender and Public Dialogue
  • Reading Women Through the Courts (Spring 2015)

Research Interests

My research focuses on women's voices and the rhetoric of agency and instrumentality as well as rhetorical constructions of gender in public speech. I also work in the area of writing pedagogy -- how best to facilitate progress in honing writing skills.