Christopher Comer, Dean
Assistant Professor, Director of Composition
WRIT 101: College Writing I
WRIT 201: Rhetorics of Compassion
WRIT 540: Teaching College Composition
IRSH 380: Irish Women Writers
C & I 194: First-Year Seminar
UNC 101: First-Year Seminar
Ph.D., Composition Studies, University of New Hampshire
M.A., Irish Studies, Boston College
B.A., English, Native American Studies minor, Montana State University, Bozeman
Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy (RCL), Irish Studies, Feminist Rhetorics and Pedagogies, Studies of Gender and Sexuality in Rhetoric and Composition, Indigenous and Survivance Rhetorics, Basic Writing Pedagogy, Bridge and Transitional Programs, Trauma Narratives, Second Language Writing.
Grants and Awards
CCCC Emergent Researcher Award, "Considering the Context: A Study of Early College and College in the High School Programs." $10,000 grant, January 2017-March 2019. (with Patricia Wilde)
"The Trouble with Invisible Labor: Irish Women’s Work beyond the Emotional, Communal, and Spiritual." Plenary Speaker, American Conference for Irish Studies/An Chomhdháil Mheiriceánach do Léann na hÉireann, Spokane, WA. October 21, 2017.
Selected Conference Presentations
“The Ecology of Equality: Critical Imagination, Intersectionality, and Civic Participation.” American Conference for Irish Studies. Cork, Ireland. June 18-22, 2018. (forthcoming).
“Context Matters: Rethinking Best Practices for Dual Enrollment Programs in First-Year Writing.” with Patricia Wilde and Ashley Benson. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Kansas City, MO. March 14-17, 2018.
“It’s the Small Pieces that Make the Big Picture: The Rhetorical Work of Rendering Visible Women’s Labors.” with Patricia Wilde and Lydia McDermott. Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference. Dayton, OH. October 4-7, 2017.
“Spirits and Debate: Barbadian Tippling Houses as Rhetorical Meeting Spaces.” The International Society for the History of Rhetoric Biennial Conference. London, UK. July 26-29, 2017.
“'Grounded in Tradition. Charging into the Future': Cultivating Success for Students Transitioning from Tribal Colleges to Four-Year Institutions.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Portland, OR. March 15-18, 2017.
“Flipping the Script: Utilizing Inclusive Pedagogy to Reverse Difference as Deficit Models.” International Society for the Advancement of Writing Research: Writing Research Across Borders World Conference. Bogotá, Columbia. February 15-18, 2017.
“Roots and Wings: Balancing Hybrid Sources of Knowledge in the Composition Classroom.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Houston, TX. April 6-9, 2016.
“Rum Dame of the Tippling House: Bajan Women as Agents of Revolution, Rum, and Rhetorical Action.” Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference. Tempe, AZ. October 28-31, 2015.
“Doubling Down: Cultivating Success in Unconventional Spaces.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Tampa, FL. March 18-21, 2015.
“Conscious Cleansing: Rhetorics of Reconciliation and Ireland's Magdalen Laundries.” Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition New Work Showcase, Conference on College Composition and Communication. Tampa, FL. March 18, 2015.
“Can Trauma be Rewritten?: Survival, Triumph, and Revision in Refugee Writing.” National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention. Washington, D.C. November 20-23, 2014.
“Revising to Remember Ourselves: Listening and Responding to Traumatic Texts.” Thomas R. Watson Conference. Louisville , KY. October 16-18, 2014.
“Beyond the Laundry Basket: Rhetorical Silence and the Bleaching of Self in Magdalen Laundries.” Rhetoric Society of America Biennial Conference. San Antonio, TX. May 22-26, 2014.
“Unfolding the Laundry: Using Critical Imagination to Holistically Expand Magdalen Survivor Silence.” Feminisms Workshop. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Indianapolis, IN. March 19-22, 2014.
“More than a Muse: Employing Rhetorics of Imagination to Link Past and Present.” Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference, Stanford University, Stanford, CA. September 25-28, 2013.
“Leaving Las Vegas…with Models.” Conference on College Composition and Communication- International Writing Centers Association Collaborative. Las Vegas, NV. March 13, 2013.
“Quiet Turmoil and Fresh Ink: Refugee Writers, College Composition, and Revision.” Conference on College Composition and Communication- Research Network Forum. Las Vegas, NV. March 14, 2013.
“Learning by Example: Models as Untapped Resources.” National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing. Chicago, IL. November 2-4, 2012.
“Me Life No Rest: Trauma and Revision Among Refugee Writers.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. St. Louis, MO. April 6-9, 2012.
“Reclaiming Magdalenism or Washing Away Sin: Magdalen Laundries and the Rhetorics of Feminine Silence.” Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference. Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN. October 12-15, 2011.
“Melancholy and the ‘Other’ as seen in The Tempest: Considering Post-colonialism, Usurpation, and Caliban’s Plight.” AIGSA New Voices in Indigenous Research Conference. Berkeley, CA. April 24-25, 2003.
"Fashion Forward?" Misogyny in American Culture: Causes, Trends, Solutions. Edited by Letizia Guglielmo, ABC-CLIO publishers (forthcoming 2018).
“Job Seekers, Be Like the Willow Tree.” Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition Blog. September, 12, 2016.
“Conscious Cleansing: Rhetorics of Reconciliation and Ireland's Magdalen Laundries.” Digital New Work Showcase. Spec. issue of Peitho 17.2 (Spring/Summer 2015). Web.
“Reclaiming Magdalenism or Washing Away Sin: Magdalen Laundries and the Rhetorics of Feminine Silence.” Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 44.1 (2015): 264-79.
“Freewriting Reprogrammed: Considerations for Adapting Freewriting to Online Writing Courses.” In G. Rijlaarsdam (series Ed.) & M. Deane & T. Guasch. Studies in Writing: Learning and Teaching Writing Online: Strategies for Success. Leiden: Brill, 2015. (with Patricia Wilde)
Department of English
Area of Expertise
Basic Writing Pedagogy; Cultural Studies; Feminist Reserach; Indigenous and Survivance Rhetorics; Irish Studies; Rhetoric, Composition and Literacy; Second Language Writing; Studies of Gender and Sexuality in Rhetoric and Composition; Trauma Narratives
Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), Committee on Diversity
The Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition
National Council of Teachers of English
Rhetoric Society of America