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 issues of socioeconomic class and access. 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 have taught multiple versions of the first-year composition course at Purdue, including an online section this fall and have worked as a graduate tutor in the Purdue Writing Lab for four years. In 2016-2018, I served as the Writing Lab’s Business Writing Coordinator. In this position, I administered the undergraduate business writing consultant staff and taught the semester-long tutor education course for new business writing consultants. I also have served as a summer Assistant Director for the Writing Lab and was an assistant mentor for new graduate teaching assistants 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 and Fellowships, where I also was the interim Fulbright program advisor.
I hold an MFA in creative writing from the University of Notre Dame and continue to write and publish poetry. My first chapbook, Rhadbdomancy, was released by Adjunct Press in 2016 . My creative work is heavily influenced by media theory and archival/documentary methods. The history of Midwestern marshlands and the ecological impact of their erosion over time are also major influences on my work.
When I’m not spending time on my academic or creative work, I can almost always be found reading a book. My favorite writers are Marilynne Robinson, Hilary Mantel, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tana French, and Susan Howe. On the rare times a book is not handy, you will likely see me expanding my wine collection, listening to comedy and crime podcasts, or valiantly defending the beauty of my home state, Indiana.
You can find me on Twitter @bethtowle