2022 Bedford New Scholars Advisory Board: Biographies

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Bedford/St. Martin's is pleased to announce the participants in the 2022 Bedford New Scholars Advisory Board! Advisory Board members are:


Olalekan AdepojuOlalekan Adepoju


Olalekan Adepoju (recommended by Andrea Olinger) is a doctoral candidate in the University of Louisville’s Rhetoric and Composition program. He teaches a variety of courses in writing, including first-year composition and intermediate college writing. He also serves as the assistant writing center director, where he works with international/multilingual students as well as graduate students and faculty writers. Currently, Olalekan is an executive committee member of the Non-native English-Speaking Writing Instructors (NNESWIs) in the United States. His research interests lie in writing studies, intercultural rhetoric, ESL teaching, and discourse analysis. He has continued to write about these interests and published in both peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed journals.


Dilara AvciDilara Avci


Dilara Avci (recommended by Dev Bose) is pursuing her MA in Teaching English as a Second Language at the University of Arizona. She has taught writing and literacy across diverse backgrounds and age levels, from elementary school to college. She is currently teaching First-Year Composition. Her research interests are the role of individual learner differences such as language aptitude and anxiety in writing and material design with a focus on digital literacies and critical pedagogy. She believes in the importance of sharing experiences and creating an inclusive learning environment and has been involved in a variety of Teaching-as-Research Projects, Faculty Learning Communities and conferences on writing and teaching practices.

Noah BukowskiNoah Bukowski


Noah Bukowski (recommended by Scott DeWitt) is pursuing a PhD in Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy, specializing in Disability Studies at The Ohio State University. Noah attempts to foreground accessible pedagogies and collaboration in all of his work on teaching writing. He has taught First Year Writing, Introduction to Disability Studies, and co-taught Introduction to Teaching First Year Composition as a Graduate Writing Program Administrator. Ever since his undergraduate degree and into graduate school, Noah has worked in the writing center as both a tutor and administrator. In 2019, Noah co-authored a chapter in Theories and Methods of Writing Center Studies with Brenda Brueggemann titled "Writing Center Research and Disability Theory." Noah is currently most interested in the work of finessing accessible pedagogies during the pandemic.


Brittny ByromBrittny Byrom


Brittny M. Byrom (recommended by Michael Harker) is a PhD student in Rhetoric and Composition and serves as the Associate Director of Technology and Finance of the Georgia State University Writing Studio. Her primary research focuses on the intersection of theories of rhetorical empathy and beauty and justice. Her work in writing center research concentrates on developing balanced practices between tutor emotional labor and collaborative learning environments. Brittny began teaching in 2017 and began working in writing centers in 2015.


Antonio HamiltonAntonio Hamilton


Antonio Hamilton (recommended by Kristi McDuffie) is pursuing his PhD in Writing Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He teaches first-year composition courses and is a member of the Rhetoric Advisory Committee. His research interest focuses on how writing is remediated and potentially restricted in online writing environments, such as Automated Writing Evaluation software and Language Models. He is specifically interested in writer agency when writing with these programs, and what forms or styles of writing are prioritized. His research draws on intercultural rhetoric, algorithmic knowledge, and rhetorical genre studies perspectives to assess how writing is digitally transformed.


Laura Hardin MarshallLaura Hardin Marshall


Laura Hardin Marshall (referred by Paul Lynch and Nathaniel Rivers) is a PhD candidate at Saint Louis University, specializing in Rhetoric and Composition. Her research focuses on the response practices of writing instructors and consultants, examining what feedback we offer to students, how we offer it, and what students then do with that feedback as they work through their revisions and future assignments. She has taught courses on basic writing and college preparation, introductory and advanced composition, and writing consulting and has published articles on writing program and writing center administration.


Rachel MarksRachel Marks


Rachel Marks (recommended by Angela Rounsaville) is pursuing her PhD in Texts and Technology with an emphasis in Digital Humanities at the University of Central Florida, where she expects to defend her dissertation “On your Left!”: Exploring Queerness, Masculinity, and Race in the Marvel “Captain America” Fandom in May 2024. She currently teaches the first-year writing course Composition II: Situated Inquiry of Writing and Rhetoric and has taught Composition I: Introduction to Writing Studies in the past. She has also served as a consultant at the University Writing Center and as a student editor on Stylus: a Journal of First-Year Writing. Her research focuses on LGBT representation in popular media, fan interaction and critique on social media platforms, and how fans respond to representations of queer characters in the media.


Madhu NadarajahMadhu Nadarajah


Madhu Nadarajah (recommended by Nick Recktenwald and tia north) is pursuing her PhD in English with a concentration in Cultural Rhetorics at the University of Oregon where she is researching the discursive practices within the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora. She is currently serving as the Assistant Director of the Composition Program where she worked on redesigning the Composition Policy Handbook, helped with graduate teaching instruction, and facilitated the annual Composition Conference. She is also a Culturally Responsive Teaching Fellow in which she draws on her work in Cultural Rhetorics to provide anti-oppressive teaching principles for the wider Composition community in the classroom.

Lupe Remigio OrtegaLupe Remigio Ortega


Lupe Remigio Ortega (recommended by Mary Fiorenza) is a dissertator pursuing her PhD in English, Composition & Rhetoric at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. She currently serves as the Senior Assistant Director of English 100, the first-year writing/freshman writing requirement at UW-Madison. In this position she works mentoring first-time English 100 instructors, which includes leading fall and spring orientation, teaching a first-year writing proseminar, and organizing and leading professional development workshops. Previously she has taught English 100 at UW-Madison as well as first-year writing at California State University Fresno and the first-year writing equivalent at Reedley College in Reedley, California. Her research focuses on transnational literacies, indigenous literacies (oral and spiritual), and the impact of migration on Mixtec literacy practices in the US and Mexico.


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