Dr. Amy Rupiper Taggart
Office: Minard 318E48
My twin passions are rhetoric as social action and understanding the twisty ins and outs of teaching and learning. That combination led me early in my career to service learning and community engaged learning. I’ve continued to work with community partners ever since in a range of the classes I teach, from Introduction to Writing Studies to Literacy, Culture, and Identity. My research, too, has involved inquiries into how students and teachers can participate in communities and communities can benefit from and provide opportunities for people in higher education.
In the last few years, I worked as Director of First-year Writing and served as President-Elect, President, and Past President of the campus Faculty Senate. Those terms being complete now, I look forward to starting and finishing research projects on social movement rhetoric, felt coercions in learning situations, and innovative wiki-style pedagogical environments as well as teaching a wider range of courses again.
I’m thrilled to be working now with Kurt Schick of James Madison University and H. Brooke Hessler of Oklahoma City University on the second edition of The Guide to Composition Pedagogies, a book Schick and I had the good fortune to co-edit with the late Gary Tate. The book intends to offer for newcomers to the teaching of writing an overview of a range of theoretical and practical approaches to instruction; it is both bibliographic and a good starting point for navigating writing studies. The new edition will feature new chapters on Second Language Writing instruction, Online and Hybrid Pedagogies, and New Media approaches, among others.
Last updated August 15, 2012.