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Writing Initiative Faculty Fall 2014

Kelly Kinney

Director and Co-Founder of the Binghamton University Writing Initiative and Assistant Professor of English, General Literature and Rhetoric

Kinney holds a PhD in rhetoric and composition from Ohio University, an MA in rhetoric and composition from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and a BA in political science and English from Purdue University. Prior to joining the Binghamton faculty in 2007, she was Coordinator of First-Year Writing at the University of Notre Dame. She is currently at work on a solo monograph on the intersections of writing program administration and graduate student labor, and a co-edited collection (with Rebecca Moore Howard) on pedagogies derived from The Citation Project, a sixteen-institution research collective studying how students use sources. Kinney serves on the Executive Board of both the State University of New York Council on Writing and the national Council of Writing Program Administrators. She is the winner of the Binghamton University STAR Award for Service (2009), the Council of Writing Program Administrators Research Grant Award (2010), and (with Kristi Murray Costello and Mark Brantner) the Conference on College Composition and Communication's Certificate of Writing Program Excellence (2011). Her work has been published in a range of scholarly journals, including Kairos, WPA Journal, Composition Forum, Composition Studies, and other venues.

Robert Danberg

Coordinator of Campus-Wide Writing Support

Danberg holds a PhD in composition and cultural rhetoric from Syracuse University (2010), his MFA in poetry at Sarah Lawrence College, and his BA in English from the State University of New York at Purchase. He has taught writing at Sarah Lawrence College, Syracuse University, Cornell University, Ithaca College, and Onondaga Community College, as well as in adult education programs, at-risk students programs, and adult literacy programs. His scholarly interests include the theory and practice of teaching and learning, creativity and the imagination, and Jewish literature and culture.

Sean Fenty

Associate Director of First-Year Writing 

Fenty teaches First-Year Writing and coordinates Area-Based Writing 111 sections. He earned his MA (2002) and a PhD (2008) in English, with a focus on New Media Studies, at the University of Florida, and his BA in English and Religious Studies at the University of South Florida. Prior to joining the Binghamton faculty in 2012, he was a writing instructor and the Dual Credit Coordinator for the Department of English at the University of Louisville. Since 2000, he has taught a variety of writing courses at the University of Florida, City College of Gainesville, and the University of Louisville. In addition to first year composition, business writing, and writing about literature courses, he also taught Teaching Writing to upper level undergraduates, and led pedagogy workshops for dual credit writing instructors at the University of Louisville. In addition to his teaching of writing and writing pedagogy, he has presented at several conferences on topics such as reading and writing in new media, videogame narratives, and comics. He has also published articles on hypertext, videogames, and comics.

Aja Martinez

Assistant Professor of English, General Literature, and Rhetoric

Martinez holds a PhD in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English, an MA in English, and a BA in Anthropology from the University of Arizona. Martinez has been the recipient of several awards including: the Conference on College Composition and Communication Scholars for the Dream Award, the UA New Start Summer Bridge Program Outstanding Instructor Award, and the Julie Christakis DeFazio Excellence in Teaching Award. An advocate of service learning, she has coordinated a writing partnership between her composition students and high school students toward the promotion of increased access to college. Her publications include "'The American Way': Resisting the Empire of Force and Color-Blind Racism," published in College English; the NCTE edited collection Code-Meshing as World English: Pedagogy, Policy, Performance, with Vershawn Ashanti Young; and "Critical Race Theory Counterstory as Allegory: A Rhetorical Trope to Raise Awareness About Arizona's Ban on Ethnic Studies," a forthcoming article in Across the Disciplines. Her scholarship focuses on contemporary forms of racism and its effects on marginalized peoples in institutional spaces, and her efforts as both teacher and scholar strive towards increasing access, retention and participation of diverse groups in higher education.

Paul Shovlin

Director of the Writing Center

Shovlin helped to design WRIT 110 with Kristi Murray Costello. He earned his PhD (2010) in rhetoric and composition from Ohio University, where he also earned his MA and BA in English language and literature. Prior to joining the faculty in 2010, he held the position of Interim Director of the Center for Writing Excellence at Ohio University, taught English as a second language for the Peace Corps in Eastern Europe, and supported community literacy programs in Brooklyn, NY. He especially enjoys working with Chinese students in the Binghamton University University Readiness Program. His scholarly interests include new media studies, critical pedagogy, the art of the personal essay, and rhetorics of technology and popular culture.

Wendy Stewart

Lecturer of First-Year Writing

Stewart earned her MA in English from the University of Saskatchewan and, while pursuing her PhD at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, taught writing and reading in various disciplinary contexts. She has also taught suicide prevention and crisis intervention and communication. Her work inside and outside the academy aids her in working with tutors and writers, and reinforces her commitment to helping people come to voice in scholarly and civic contexts.


The Writing Initiative also benefits from strategic alliances with faculty and administrators across the university, including Associate Professor of English and Hinman College Faculty Master, Al Vos, a regular instructor of WRIT 111, and Director of the English as a Second Language Program, Jennifer Brondell.

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Last Updated: 10/11/14