R109. Disrupting Class: Changing Pedagogical Landscapes in the Writing Classroom

Room 2A, Washington State Convention Center, Level 2
Thursday, February 27, 2014
9:00 am to 10:15 am


This panel focuses on the ways teachers can challenge and disrupt pedagogical landscapes. By employing a variety of mediums including social media, video games, and boundary-crossing genres like prose poetry and graphic novels, we create a hybrid approach to teaching writing that distills and translates the classroom experience into out-of-classroom reality. Featuring five teachers of writing (creative, performance, composition, and community), this panel presents resources for disrupting class.



Andrea Spofford is assistant professor of poetry at Austin Peay State University. She teaches poetry workshop, literature, and both basic and standard composition with service-learning components, using hybrid genres throughout.

Kate Guthrie Caruso teaches writing and literature for community colleges in Denver, CO. She is also the designer/facilitator of a writing MOOC using game-based learning. In classes she explores landscapes such as digital storytelling, twitter, and hybrid fiction.

Cole Cohen is the Program Coordinator for UC Santa Barbara's Interdisciplinary Humanities Center. A 2011 finalist for the Bakeless Prize and  the AWP prize in Nonfiction, she was a Yaddo Fellow.

Johnny Jones is assistant professor of African American Studies at Austin Peay State University where he teaches theatre and composition. He designs curriculum with an emphasis on performance within contemporary African American culture.

Kristin Cerda teaches in various contexts, including for-profit universities, ESL classrooms, and writing workshops. A poet studying feminism and hybridity, she teaches rhetoric through popular music and food writing, focusing on personal narrative.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center