Eastern Michigan University
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Thomas Passwater

Graduate Assistant

Thomas Passwater Pray-Harrold 613P

Winter 2016: TBD



BA, English Studies, East Carolina U, 2014

MA, Written Communication, Eastern Michigan U (pursuing)

Office Hours:

Mondays & Wednesdays:

9:00-11:00am, Pray Harrold 613P

Phone: 734.480.8483

Academic Interests:
● Queer Rhetorics and Queer Theory
● Cultural Rhetorics
● Research Methods in Rhetoric and Composition
● Theories of Rhetoric and Composition

Academic Conference Presentations:

Forthcoming. Presenter. “#Canon: The Queer Potential of the Changing, Participatory Role of Fandom,” Cultural Rhetorics Conference, Lansing MI, October 2016.

Presenter. “Making Programs, Hacking Outcomes: Building Assessments that Matter,” Eastern Michigan University English Graduate Student Association Conference, Ypsilanti MI, March 2016.

Presenter. “Risk and Value(s) in Economies of Writing,” University of Michigan's LangRhet Studies Conference, Making Meaning: Discourses of Identity, Power, and Access, Ann Arbor MI, November 2015.

Presenter. “That Awkward Moment When…”: (Re)Framing Consultant Feelings of Clumsiness, Awkwardness, and Frustration in Writing Consultations,” Michigan Writing Center Association Ideas Exchange, Dowagiac MI, October 2015.

Co-Presenter. “Threshold Concepts and the Inevitability of Transgressive Invitation,” Michigan State University WIDE-EMU (Un)Conference, Lansing MI, October 2015.

Co-Presenter: ““Don't Just Say Yes; Say *Yes... And*”: Literacy Improvisation for Reframing Consultant Professional Development in the Center,” International Writing Center Association, Orlando FL, October 2014.

Co-Presenter: “Constructing Performances: LGBTQ Writing Consultants in the Center,” North Carolina English Teachers Association, Raleigh NC, September 2014.

Interests and Expertise


WRTG120: Composition I: Writing the College Experience
WRTG121: Composition II: Researching the Public Experience

Recent Publications and Presentations