I am a doctoral candidate in the Rhetoric & Composition program at Purdue University. My primary research areas are writing centers and writing program administration, as well as research methodologies and composition/creative writing pedagogies. My dissertation research focuses on the institutional and programmatic factors that affect relationships between writing programs and writing centers at small liberal arts colleges. I am also interested in empirical and archival research methods as way to better understand the work of writing programs and centers.
Currently at Purdue, I am the Writing Lab’s Business Writing Coordinator. In this position, I administer the undergraduate business writing consultant staff and teach ENGL 390B, the semester-long tutor training course for new business writing consultants. In addition, I teach ENGL 106, the first-year writing course at Purdue.
Previously at Purdue, I taught first-year writing for two years and was the Writing Lab’s Assistant Director in summer 2016. In 2016-2017, I was an assistant mentor for incoming graduate TAs in the first-year writing program. Formerly, I worked at the University of Notre Dame as a graduate writing tutor and as a consultant in the Graduate School’s Office of Grants & Fellowships.
I hold an MFA in creative writing from the University of Notre Dame and continue to publish poetry and write literary criticism. My creative work is heavily influenced by media theory and archival/documentary methods. The history of northern Indiana has served as a particularly important part of my inspiration. This creative work influences my studies and teaching at Purdue.
When I’m not spending time on my academic or creative work, I can usually be found expanding my wine collection, watching one of my favorite TV shows, or listening to podcasts (favorites include Comedy Bang Bang, Jordan Jesse Go, You Must Remember This, and My Favorite Murder). And of course, I read like a monster – everything from poetry to romance to YA to the classics. I probably own more F. Scott Fitzgerald paraphernalia than any other person in America.
You can find me on Twitter @bethtowle.