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Neil Baird, Director
OFFICE: 213 Simpkins Hall: 309-255-7103
OFFICE HOURS: M,TH 1-2, W 3:30-5:30 (SPRING 2014)
Dr. Neil Baird’s current research examines how students learn to write in their majors. He is specifically interested in barriers to disciplinary enculturation. His ongoing ethnographic and case study research explores the role the body plays in the writing of collegiate football players, how perceptions of ownership influence thesis writing group discourse at the MA level, and barriers to transfer in 300-/400-level writing courses. His research also investigates how advances in computer technology and social networking are transforming rhetorical theory and qualitative research methodologies.
Dr. Baird continues this research at Western Illinois University, where he teaches writing studies courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels and directs the University Writing Center.
"The Embodied Literacies of Collegiate Football Players"
"NextGen Students and Undergraduate Ethnography: The Challenges of Studying Communities Born Digital." The New Digital Scholar: Exploring and Enriching the Research and Writing Practices of NextGen Students. Eds. James P. Purdy and Randall McClure. [Forthcoming; Information Today, Inc.]
"Virtual Vietnam Veterans Memorials as Image Events: Exorcising the Specter of Vietnam" Enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture 6.2 (2009): http://enculturation.gmu.edu/6.2/baird.
Tiffany Dimmick, Secretary
OFFICE: University Writing Center, Malpass Library, 3rd Floor, West Side
OFFICE HOURS: M-F (12:40-4:30)
I graduated from WIU in 2011 with a degree in English education and a minor in creative writing. I would love to teach middle school students someday. I've been married for four years and recently had my first child at the end of August 2013. I love being a mom and spending every moment with my son. When I used to have free time, I would scrapbook my millions of pictures, read young adult literature, listen to Christian music, eat raw cookie dough or anything with chocolate chips, and watch movies and TV shows on Netflix. I enjoy working in the Writing Center and meeting new people.