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Lydia Wilkes

Lydia Wilkes

Assistant Professor of English

Office: LA 233



PhD in English (2015), Indiana University

MA in English (2006), Indiana University

BA in English (2004), Louisiana Tech University

As a scholar of Rhetoric, Composition, and Writing Studies, my research interests include rhetoric and violence, cultural rhetorics, disability rhetorics, online writing instruction, and writing program administration. My publications have examined white fragility in an online writing environment, rhetorical framing of a veterans-specific syllabus statement, approaches to teaching about war in a time of Forever War, and negotiations of disability disclosure in higher education. My current research projects include two co-edited collections tentatively titled Rhetoric and Guns and Toward More Sustainable Metaphors of Writing Program Administration and an article on what writing program administrators need to know to prepare writing teachers to work with military-affiliated students.

When I teach ENGL 6631: Seminar in Teaching Writing, I emphasize current, research-based pedagogical approaches to teaching first-year writing, such as Teaching for Transfer and threshold concepts, in order to best prepare graduate students to teach writing effectively at ISU and beyond. The course also focuses on the cognitive, developmental, social, and emotional dimensions of learning to teach, and on creating course materials that provide high-quality learning opportunities for first-year writing students who bring a wide array of prior knowledge and experience to the classroom.  



“The Same Old Racist Stuff: White Fragility, Rhetorical Listening, and Affect in Online Writing Instruction.” The Proceedings of the Annual Computers and Writing Conference 2016-2017. Fort Collins: WAC Clearinghouse, 2018.

“Framing a Veterans Syllabus Statement for Faculty.” Journal of Veterans Studies 2.1 (2017): 113-16.


Review of Kerschbaum, Stephanie L., Laura T. Eisenman, and James M. Jones, eds. Negotiating Disability: Disclosure and Higher Education. Disability Studies Quarterly 39.4-r (2019). Annual review issue. Forthcoming.

“Experience, Remembrance, Writing: Teaching War Writing in a Time of War.” Composition Forum 28 (2013): n.p.

Editorial Positions

Co-Editor, The Proceedings of the Annual Computers and Writing Conference. Ft. Collins, CO: The WAC Clearinghouse (University Press of Colorado). 2016-present. 2 vols.

Editorial Board Member, PraxisWiki, Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. 2017-present.

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Veterans Studies. 2015-present.

Courses Taught

ENGL 6635: Teaching English Online

ENGL 6631: Seminar in Teaching Writing

ENGL 4493: Senior Seminar in Professional Writing

ENGL 4407: Topics in Professional Writing – Digital Rhetoric & Multimodal Composition

ENGL 4401/5501: Advanced Composition – Writing for Experts, Writing for the Public

ENGL 4401/5501: Advanced Composition – Writing With and Beyond the Human

ENGL 3307: Professional & Technical Writing

ENGL 1101: Writing and Rhetoric I

ENGL 1101P: Writing and Rhetoric I Plus