Dr. Katie Garahan

Katie Garahan is an Assistant Professor of English and the director of the CHBS Writing Center. She holds a PhD in Rhetoric and Writing, MA in English, and graduate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies from Virginia Tech and a BA in English Education from Gardner-Webb University. She specializes in rhetoric and composition and writing center theory and practice. Her writing center research is published in WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship and How We Teach Writing Tutors: A WLN Digital Edited Collection.

Before pursuing graduate work, Professor Garahan taught English at Forestview High School in North Carolina, and this work significantly informs her research, particularly her focus on rhetorics of educational policy, advocacy, and dissent. She has presented her research at national conferences including the Rhetoric Society of America Biennial Conference, the College Composition and Communication Conference, and the Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference. Her article “The Public Work of Identity Performance: Advocacy and Dissent in Teachers’ Open Letters” was published in Rhetoric & Public Affairs.