Office: OC3031Email: shawkins1
Assistant Professor of English
"I come to USI from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where I completed an MA in English, with an emphasis in literature, and a PhD in English, with a specialization in Rhetoric and Composition. My specialty teaching area is professional and technical writing; I teach courses like ENG412, "Writing for Professions," and ENG411, "Writing in the Digital Age." I also teach undergraduate research methods, writing in the secondary schools, the writing center practicum, basic writing, and first-year writing, and I am a member of USI's graduate faculty.
Theoretically, I align myself with the ecocomposition movement. Ecocomposition looks for systemic relationships and strives for methodological harmony. My primary area of research is writers' metacognition, including affective factors such as self-efficacy and motivation; my publications are mainly in this area.
At USI, I am also the Assistant Director of Composition, in which capacity I help to administer the first-year writing program."