Dr. Erica Cirillo-McCarthy

Director, University Writing Center & Assistant Professor, Department of English

Dr. Erica Cirillo-McCarthy
(615) 898-2921
Room 362a, James E. Walker Library (LIB)
MTSU Box 70, Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Office Hours

Fall 2020: Thurs, 11-1pm and by appointment

Departments / Programs

Degree Information

  • PHD, University of Arizona (2012)
  • MA, Florida Atlantic University (2006)
  • BA, Florida Atlantic University (2003)

Areas of Expertise

Writing center pedagogy and praxis

Feminist rhetorical theory and praxis

Multimodality

Archival research methods

Biography

Erica Cirillo-McCarthy directs the University Writing Center and is a faculty member in the Department of English. Previously, she taught writing and rhetoric courses for the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stanford University, where she also served as the Assistant Director of the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking. Her scholarship has been published in Praxis: A Writing Center Journal, the Journal of Global Literacies, Technologies, and Emerging Pedagog...

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Erica Cirillo-McCarthy directs the University Writing Center and is a faculty member in the Department of English. Previously, she taught writing and rhetoric courses for the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stanford University, where she also served as the Assistant Director of the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking. Her scholarship has been published in Praxis: A Writing Center Journal, the Journal of Global Literacies, Technologies, and Emerging Pedagogies, and other edited collections. She earned her PhD in Rhetoric, Composition, and the teaching of English from the University of Arizona.

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Publications

"Let's Meet in the Lounge: Toward a Cohesive Tutor Pedagogy in a Writing and Speaking Center." What We Teach and How: Educating WritingTutors, A Writing Lab Newsletter Inaugural Digital Edited Collection. Eds. Ted Roggenbuck & Karen Johnson. January 2019. With Sarah Pittock.

“Rhetorics of Interruption: Navigating Sexism in the Academy.” 

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"Let's Meet in the Lounge: Toward a Cohesive Tutor Pedagogy in a Writing and Speaking Center." What We Teach and How: Educating WritingTutors, A Writing Lab Newsletter Inaugural Digital Edited Collection. Eds. Ted Roggenbuck & Karen Johnson. January 2019. With Sarah Pittock.

“Rhetorics of Interruption: Navigating Sexism in the Academy.” Surviving Sexism in Academia: Strategies for Feminist Leadership. Eds. Holly Hassell and Kirsti Cole. New York: Routledge, 2017. With Elise Versoza-Hurley & Amanda Wray. 

 “‘We Don’t Do That Here’: Calling Out Deficit Discourses in the Writing Center To Reframe Multilingual Graduate Support.” Access and Equity in Graduate Writing Support Special Issue of Praxis: a Writing Center Journal 14.1 (December) 2016. With Celeste DelRusso & Elizabeth Leahy.

“Multimodal ≠ Multivocal: Incorporating an Ethic of Inclusion to Facilitate Critical Framing.” Multimodality Special Issue of Journal of Global Literacies, Technologies, and Emerging Pedagogies 3.1. (July) 2015.

Kairos and Stasis Theory: A Pathway towards Writing Center Vitality.” Writing Center Theory and Practice Special Issue of Academic Exchange Quarterly 18.4 (Winter) 2014.

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Presentations

Selected Conference Presentations:

"National Day on Writing: Collaboration and Research." IWCA Collaborative@CCCC. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Pittsburgh, PA. 13 March 2019.

“Staying Positive When Everything Seems Negative: Addressing the Affective Dimension of Reading Anonymous Faculty Survey Responses on Student Writing." Southeastern Writing Center Association 2019 Conference. Myrtle Beach, SC. 21-23 February 2019.

"Radical Archivists:...

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Selected Conference Presentations:

"National Day on Writing: Collaboration and Research." IWCA Collaborative@CCCC. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Pittsburgh, PA. 13 March 2019.

“Staying Positive When Everything Seems Negative: Addressing the Affective Dimension of Reading Anonymous Faculty Survey Responses on Student Writing." Southeastern Writing Center Association 2019 Conference. Myrtle Beach, SC. 21-23 February 2019.

"Radical Archivists: Building a Willfulness Archive to Combat Sexism and Exclusion in the Academy." National Women's Studies Association Conference 2018. Atlanta, GA. 8-11 November 2018. 

“When Pathos is King: Counter-Reason and the Fall of Ethos.” Rhetoric Society of America. Minneapolis, MN. 31 May-3 June 2018.

“Revolution Revisited: Theresa Enos’ Gender Roles and Faculty Lives in Rhetoric and Composition 2017.” Feminisms & Rhetorics Conference. 4-7 October 2017. Dayton, OH.

4C17 Featured Session: “Cultivating Rhetorics of Interruption as Feminist Praxis in Rhetoric and Composition Studies.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Portland, OR. 15-18 March 2017.

“Graduate Student Writers and Interdisciplinary.” International Writing Center Association Conference. Special Interest Group Facilitator. 13-16 October 2016. Denver, CO.

“Frames and Codes: Institutional Ideology and Sustainability in Writing Center Mission Statements.” Rhetoric Society of America. 26-29 May 2016.

“Narrating Stanford’s Hume Center for Writing & Speaking: A Digital Historiography.” IWCA @ CCCC Collaboratory 2016. Works in Progress Roundtable. 6 April 2016. Houston, TX.

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Research / Scholarly Activity

Current Research Projects:

A Digital Historiography of three Writing Centers: This research project documents the history of three centers, including the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking. Throughout this research, I collect documents, interviews, and observations, which then act in concert with each other as I explore the historic and cultural texts and events which underlie the founding of the center and further contextualize the current iteration o...

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Current Research Projects:

A Digital Historiography of three Writing Centers: This research project documents the history of three centers, including the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking. Throughout this research, I collect documents, interviews, and observations, which then act in concert with each other as I explore the historic and cultural texts and events which underlie the founding of the center and further contextualize the current iteration of these centers and extrapolate best practices.

Feminist rhetorical practices: Using data from our international qualitative survey on sexism in the academy, this project draws attention to the exclusionary acts faced by teacher-scholars across institutions. The first publication from this date set argues for the value of tactical and strategic feminist interruptions as a means of enacting change in academic professional contexts. The second publication zooms in on respondents from the field of rhetoric and composition and identifies sexism and exclusion as it is located and exercised in relation to rhet/comp disciplinary work, ultimately demonstrating the need for increased vigilance to interventionary feminism within our professional lives.

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In the Media

Click here to read about the UWC/JEWL Inaugural Creative Writing Contest

Click here to read how the UWC continues to support students through COVID-19

Click here to read an MTSU News story on Document Drop, our new support service

Click here to watch my interview with Andrew Oppmann on MTSU's "Out of the Blue."

Click here to listen to my interview with Gina Logue on MTSU's "On the Record." 

 

Courses

Fall 2020

Tutoring Pedagogy Course

Directed Reading on Oral History in Rhetoric & Composition

Previous Teaching

Undergraduate

ENG 1010

ENG 1020

ENG 3555: Tutoring Pedagogy

Graduate

Archival Research Methods