Erica Lynn Cirillo-McCarthy

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590 Escondido Mall, Sweet Hall, 320a, Stanford, CA 94305

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T/TH 02:00pm-04:00pm


I teach in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric and work in the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking. Currently, I'm teaching a second-year writing, researching, and presenting course titled "'Like' this class: The Rhetoric of Public Relations."

During summer 2014, I had the wonderful opportunity to teach for Stanford's 2 to 4 Accelerator Program, where I created a writing course titled "Veteran(s) Matter(s)" specifically for student veterans transferring from community college to elite 4-year institutions. This course has three goals: for students to develop an understanding of academic discourse as a genre; to develop and exercise rhetorical knowledge; and to see writing as a social act. The program and our class was the focus of a Stanford Report news article:

I earned my PhD from the Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English program at the University of Arizona in 2012. I have taught developmental writing, college writing, multimedia composition, writing center pedagogy, and rhetorical analysis since 2003. My research focuses on writing center sustainability and representation, writing program administration, composition and writing center pedagogy. I am currently working on a VPUE and PWR-funded research project in which I will archive Stanford's Hume Center for Writing and Speaking through textual analysis, interviews, and observations. In addition, I am working on a collaboratively-written accepted book chapter titled ""Rhetorics of Interruption: Navigating Sexism in the Academy."

Please read my latest peer-reviewed articles, "Multimodal ≠ Multivocal: Incorporating an Ethic of Inclusion to Facilitate Critical Framing," published in the Journal of Global Literacies, Technologies, and Emerging Pedagogies Special Issue on Multimodality. 3.1 (July) 2015, and "Kairos and Stasis in Writing Center Administration," published in Academic Exchange Quarterly, Winter 2014, 18.4.

I claim New York and Florida as my places of origin, and I currently live in Redwood City with my husband and two cats, named Zuppi Da Clams and McVitie.

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