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My name is Keelan Hawkins, I'm a first year Rhetoric and Composition PhD student hat FSU. I have a Masters of Fine Arts in poetry from Bowling Green State University, a Masters in English with a concentration in Rhetoric and Composition from Appalachian State University, a Bachelor of Arts in English from MTSU, and a Bachelor of Sciences in Psychology from MTSU. I got into the field of rhetoric and composition because one of my brother's graduate Composition teachers swung by a coffee shop we were at and talked to us both about the class and the field of composition as a whole. I took a summer class out of curiosity (Theories in Composition) and I was hooked. The class kicked my butt, of course, but I worried about the class because I was already so invested in the ideas being discussed.

Now I'm entering my fifth year of teaching collegiate composition (and my fourth year of being a Writing Center tutor) and that desire to learn more about the field and serve students to the best of my ability hasn't diminished. I aim to dedicate my time to learning more about rhetorical pedagogical models, writing center scholarship, genre and design thinking theories, and how any/all of these can influence our teaching and tutoring of students in meaningful and sustainable ways.

Woman Writing

Research Interests

  • Writing Centers/WAC

    • Diversity

    • Collaboration

    • Student Outreach

  • Classicist Rhetorics

    • Pedagogical Models

    • Knowledge Construction

Dry Plants

curriculum vitae


MFA in Poetry, May '20

Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH


M.A. English Rhetoric & Composition Concentration, May ‘18

Appalachian State University, Boone, NC

B.S. Psychology; B.A. English, May ‘15

Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN

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