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Erin Costello Wecker

Erin Costello Wecker

Associate Professor of English & Irish Studies, Director of Composition

Office: LA 220
Email: erin.wecker@umontana.edu
Office Hours:

Fall 2021

Office Hours via Zoom: Thursday 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. or by appointment

Zoom link: https://umontana.zoom.us/j/96013628666?pwd=d1FFOGF0Z3cwakFjamU4eFRkTnBrdz09

 


Personal Website

Current Position

Associate Professor of English & Irish Studies, Director of Composition

Courses

WRIT 201: Rhetorics of Compassion

WRIT 391: Fashion Forward? : Rhetorics of Misogyny in Fashion and Beauty

WRIT 540: Teaching College Composition

IRSH 380/381: Contemporary Irish Women's Writing

IRSH 382/391:Rhetorics of Irish Music from Traditional to Punk

C & I 194: First-Year Seminar

UNC 101: First-Year Seminar

 

 

Education

Ph.D., Composition and Rhetoric, University of New Hampshire

M.A., Irish Studies, Boston College

B.A., English, Native American Studies minor, Montana State University, Bozeman

Research Interests

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, and Bridge and Transitional Programs.

 

 

Projects

Grants and Awards

 

The Humanities Institute at the University of Montana, “The Persistent Agitator: Kate Kennedy’s Mission for Gender Pay Parity and Protection from Arbitrary Demotion and Dismissal.” $1,500 grant. 

 

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)

International Appointments

Remote Reviewer, COALESCE Research Fund, Irish Research Council / An Chomhairle um Thaighde in Éirinn, 3 Shelbourne Buildings, Crampton Avenue, Ballsbridge, Dublin, D04 C2Y6. 2019

National Appointments

Co-Chair, "Building Coalition across Commonplaces." Feminist Workshop, Conference on College Composition and Communication. Milwaukee, WI. March 25, 2020.

Co-Chair, "Living Feminist Lives: Materialities, Methodologies, and Practices." Feminist Workshop, Conference on College Composition and Communication. Pittsburgh, PA. March 13, 2019.

Invited Lectures

“Mining the Archives: Amplifying Women’s Contributions to Irish Independence” with the Honorable Ambassador Daniel Mulhall. Plenary Speaker, Office of the Consulate General of Ireland, San Francisco, CA. (forthcoming December 2021).

"Archival Methods: From Invention to Publication." University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. November 18, 2020.

“Ireland and the West: A Case for Engaged Partnerships between Community and Academic Stakeholders.” with Ambassador Daniel Mulhall and Vice-Consul, Michael Treacy (Office of the Consulate General of Ireland, San Francisco). Missoula, MT. November 10, 2020.

“Mothers and Other Actresses: Performative Readings and Responses.” with Anne Enright and Katie Kane, Montana Book Festival. Missoula, MT. September 11, 2020.

"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.

"Interdisciplinary Keywords Roundtable." with Matthew Spangler, Donna Potts, Sarah Townsend, and Andrew Sanders, American Conference for Irish Studies-West. Portland, OR. October 12, 2019.

Selected Conference Presentations

"Who's In? Who's Out? Addressing Dual Enrollment's Equity Problems." with Patricia Wilde and Patricia Portanova. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Chicago, IL. March 9-12, 2022. (forthcoming)

"Speculative Design: Rhetorics of Reconciliation, Resistance, and Community Healing in Response to Institutional Abuse." American Conference for Irish Studies/An Chomhdháil Mheiriceánach do Léann na hÉireann. Derry, Northern Ireland. June 2-5, 2021.

"You’re Invited to the Coalition: Fostering Practices of Equity and Inclusion in Dual Enrollment Programming." with Patricia Wilde. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Spokane, WA. April 7-10, 2021.

"(Mis)Remembering Women: Inhospitable Rhetorical Mechanisms of Public Memory." with Patricia Wilde, Nancy Ruth Small, and Holland Prior. Rhetoric Society of America Biennial Conference. Portland, OR. May 22-24, 2020.

"One Bourbon, One Scotch, but No Beer: Civil Disobedience and Rhetorics of Erasure in Pub Culture." American Conference for Irish Studies/An Chomhdháil Mheiriceánach do Léann na hÉireann. Houston, TX. April 1-4, 2020.

"Making Room at the Dual Enrollment Table: Coalition Building as a Democratizing Practice." with Patricia Wilde, Ashley Benson, and Mandi Klimpel. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Milwaukee, WI. March 25-28, 2020.

“Persistence of Memory: Remembering as Feminist Activism.” with Patricia Wilde, Cristy Beemer, and Molly Campbell. Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference. Harrisonburg, VA. November 13-16, 2019.

"From the Snug to the Pub: Rhetorical Agency and the Disruption of Women’s Erasure from Public Spaces." American Conference for Irish Studies-West. Portland, OR. October 10-12, 2019.

"'Rocking the System Not the Cradle': Exploring the Irish Suffrage Movement through Material Culture and Public Memory." American Conference for Irish Studies/An Chomhdháil Mheiriceánach do Léann na hÉireann. Boston, MA. March 20-23, 2019.

"Disrupting Narratives of Exclusion, 1955-2019: Exposing Inequities of Composition in Dual Enrollment." with Patricia Wilde, Casie Moreland, and Christine Denecker. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Pittsburgh, PA. March 13-16, 2019.

"‘Did your Granny have a Hammer?’ Militants and Muses: Public Memory and the Irish Suffrage Movement." American Conference for Irish Studies-West. Jackson, WY. October 11-13, 2018.

“The Ecology of Equality: Critical Imagination, Intersectionality, and Civic Participation.” American Conference for Irish Studies/An Chomhdháil Mheiriceánach do Léann na hÉireann. Cork, Ireland. June 18-22, 2018.

“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.

 

Selected Publications

Refereed Publications

"Neither Here Nor There: A Study of Dual Enrollment Students' Hybrid Identities in First-Year Composition." (with Patricia Wilde) Teaching English in the Two-Year College, vol. 48, no. 1, 2020, pp. 16-43.

"Put Down What You're Carrying: Disrupting Apologia through Rhetorical Tactics of Change." Studi irlandesi. A Journal of Irish Studies, vol. 10, no. 10, 2020, pp. 193-216.

"Looking Backward to See Forward: An Investigative History of Concurrent Enrollment/Dual Credit Writing Courses." WPA: Writing Program Administration, vol. 42, no. 3, 2019, pp.112-118.

“The Trouble with Invisible Labor: Irish Women's Work beyond the Emotional, Communal, and Spiritual.” Ireland, Irish America, and Work. Edited by Donna Potts and Amy May, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018, pp. 22-36.

“Reclaiming Magdalenism or Washing Away Sin: Magdalen Laundries and the Rhetorics of Feminine Silence.” Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, vol. 44, no.1, 2015, pp. 264-79.

“Freewriting Reprogrammed: Considerations for Adapting Freewriting to Online Writing Courses.” Learning and Teaching Writing Online: Strategies for Success. Edited by Mary Deane and Teresa Guasch, Brill Academic Publishing, 2015, pp. 113-127. (with Patricia Wilde) 

Book Chapters

"Fashion Forward?" Misogyny in American Culture: Causes, Trends, Solutions. Edited by Letizia Guglielmo, ABC-CLIO publishers, 2018, vol. 1, pp. 49-74.

(Misogyny in American Culture: Causes, Trends, Solutions, was named one of the best reference books of 2018 by Library Journal)

Publications

“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.

Edited Works

The Best of the Rhetoric and Composition Journals. Parlor Press. 2021. (Associate Editor)

The Best of the Rhetoric and Composition Journals. Parlor Press. 2020. (Associate Editor)

The Best of the Rhetoric and Composition Journals. Parlor Press. 2019. (Associate Editor)

A Guide to College Writing I. Fountainhead Press, 2018. Third Edition. (Editor)

Triple Divide. Fountainhead Press, 2018. Third Edition. (Editor)

A Guide to College Writing I. Fountainhead Press, 2017. Second Edition. (Co-Editor)

Triple Divide. Fountainhead Press, 2017. Second Edition. (Editor)

A Guide to College Writing I. Fountainhead Press, 2016. First Edition. (Co-Editor)

Triple Divide. Fountainhead Press, 2016. First Edition. (Editor)

Fresh Ink: Essays from Boston College’s First-Year Writing Seminar, Vol. 12, No. 2., 2009. (Co-Editor).

 

Home Department

Department of English 

Affiliations

The Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition

American Conference for Irish Studies / An Chomhdháil Mheiriceánach do Léann na hÉireann

Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC)

Rhetoric Society of America

Council of Writing Program Administrators

National Council of Teachers of English

Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Executive Commitee, University of Montana

Montana Museum of Art and Culture, Education & Program Committee