Dr. Jenn Fishman

Jenn Fishman
Dr. Jenn FishmanMarquette University

Marquette Hall, 248

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-3467

Associate Professor


I am a rhetoric and composition/writing studies teacher and scholar. A member of the Marquette faculty since 2011, I am also the former Director of the First-Year English Program and co-founder of the Writing Innovation Symposium. In addition, I am a 2018-2019 Faculty Civic Dialogues Fellow.

My published scholarship includes more than a dozen peer-reviewed articles and book chapters; the Research Exchange Index (REx), which is a scholarly database for writing research (2016); and special issues of CCC Online (2012), Peitho (2015), and Community Literacy Journal (forthcoming, 2018). I am the Principal Investigator of 3 grant-supported research projects and the recipient of the 2006 Richard Braddock Award. My current projects center longitudinal and undergraduate research as well as community writing.

Over the course of my career, I have contributed extensive national professional leadership. I am Past President of the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition and the founding Co-Chair of the CCCC Committee on Undergraduate Research. I am also an inaugural member of the Literacy in Composition Studies Editorial Board and the Coalition of Community Writing (CCW) Board of Directors. In these roles and others, my modus operandi is to make available meaningful opportunities for others.

Were I to tag my academic work or make an abecedary to represent what is important to me, I would be sure to include these terms: access—books—civic rhetorics—digital scholarship—embodied literacies—first-year writing—graduate education—histories—inquiry—Jane Rhetor—knowledge transfer—longitudinal writing research—mentoring—new media—old media—popular education—qualitative and quantitative research methods—rhetoric as a teaching tradition—student-centric pedagogies—theater as a site of rhetorical education—undergraduate research—video composing—writing program administration—x-ray metaphors for historiography—young scholars—zone of proximal development.

Courses Taught

  • Rhetoric and Composition

Research Interests

  • Contemporary writing research, especially longitudinal studies of college writing
  • Digital rhetorics and multimedia composition, including digital video composing
  • Historical rhetoric and writing
  • Knowledge transfer and the development of writing expertise
  • Performance studies, including theater histories


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Honors and Awards

  • Received the National Council of Teachers of English Student Affiliate Excellence Award (for MASA, the Milwaukee-Area Student Affiliate of NCTE)
  • Received a CCCC Research Initiative Grant for "Tracing the Impact of Undergraduate Research in Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies" with co-Principal Investigators Jane Greer and Dominic DelliCarpini.
  • Mellon Presidential Discretionary Grant (awarded through Kenyon College) for "Kenyon Writes"
  • Richard A. Braddock Award for Outstanding Article on Writing or the Teaching of Writing in CCC for "Performing Writing, Performing Literacy"
  • WPA Research Grant for "Does it Transfer: Tracing FYC Students' Rhetorical Practices across Multiple Mediums"

Additional Information

Office Hours

Spring 2023

  • On Sabbatical

Teaching Schedule

Spring 2023

  • On Sabbatical

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