TEACHER, SCHOLAR, FEMINIST

I'm currently an instructor of composition and rhetoric at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, TN, where I teach introductory composition (ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020). My previous teaching experience includes Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, Tennessee, and the University of Washington in Seattle, where I earned my PhD in English in June 2017. My dissertation, entitled Texts that Teach: Curriculum, Affect, and Critical Pedagogy in the Neoliberal University, focused on teaching literature through a critical feminist praxis at the undergraduate level. In this project, I bridged together literary studies and composition studies in order to understand the efficacy of social justice pedagogies on student learning. I argued that literature offers a sustained and nuanced framework for engaging students in unfamiliar narratives that enable them to rethink their common assumptions of race, class, gender, and sexuality on a global scale. I examined how literature, as a vehicle, can intervene in students' social cognitive schemas, but can only be realized through strategic scaffolding and intentional, explicit critical pedagogies that privilege narratives that counter students' common assumptions. My research also focuses on Africana women's literature, feminist affect studies, and curriculum design and development.

In my former capacity at the University of Washington, I taught introductory composition and literature courses for first and second year writers. These courses focused on feminist theory and literature, American ethnic literature, critical race theory, and transnational literatures. I have also taught a 'bridge' course which targeted primarily first-generation and international students. This class was designed as a vehicle by which first-year undergraduate students might become confident, comfortable, and fluent in both writing and learning at the university.   

Before my time at the University of Washington, I attended Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN, where I majored in English Literature and minored in Women's and Gender Studies. My undergraduate honors thesis, "The Lesbian in the Room: Breaking the Silence of Lesbian Desire in Radclyffe Hall's The Well of Loneliness and Vita Sackville-West's All Passion Spent" focused on British women writers in the early 20th century and their approaches to gender and sexuality. I argued that both novels instantiated Adrienne Rich's idea of the lesbian continuum, in particular, the ways in which this grouping of literature portrays sexuality and gender expressions on a continuum. This project was the catalyst to pursuing feminist theory and scholarship at the undergraduate level, but it was my experience in Black Women as Writers, taught by my mentor Dr. Tina Johnson at MTSU, that motivated me to focus on the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, and education in my scholarship.  

For more, please visit: washington.academia.edu/ShaneMcCoy