Director of The Institute for Literacy, Diversity, and Identity
Dr. Jennifer Clary-Lemon
Jennifer Clary-Lemon (PhD, Arizona State) is assistant professor of rhetoric in the Department of Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications, Director of The Global College Institute for Literacy, Diversity, and Identity (formerly The Global College Institute for Literacy and Transformative Learning) and Editor of the journal Composition Studies. Her research interests have recently focused around writing and positionality—argument and the discourses of civic life, and ethnic and racial identity. This is represented by her current work with the discursive construction of immigrant identities of post-WWII Irish emigrants to Manitoba. Her past work on community-based and experiential learning, feminist praxis, mentoring, critical multiculturalism, and civic engagement at all levels of curriculum have led her to envision learning as a transformative experience, based on the conceptualization of teaching as reflective practice.
Jennifer teaches courses in writing and theory, writing and identity, and offers a full-year writing practicum course that gives students an opportunity to partner with community organizations in a reciprocal relationship that draws on student writing expertise.
In the Summer of 2009, she offered a Summer Institute supported by the former Institute for Literacy and Transformative Learning in Writing and Reading Women's Lives: Life Writing Workshop; as well, she has been asn active member of the Experiential Learning Initiative Network ELiN since its inception in the Spring of 2008. Collectively, Jennifer's research and teaching activities draw on a deep belief that language cannot be separated from the contexts of who we are at any given point in time.
Jennifer has been a Wakonse-Arizona Fellow since 2005 and is a Research Affiliate for the Prairie Metropolis Centre. Her recent publications include Argument in Composition (2009), Relations, Locations, Positions: Composition Theory for Writing Teachers (2006), as well as articles in Discourse and Society (2010), the American Review of Canadian Studies (2009), and College Composition and Communication (2009, 2010).