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Hillary Coenen, PhD Student in Composition and Rhetoric

Address: 440 Student Union
Message: 405-744-9474
E-mail: coenen@ostatemail.okstate.edu 

BA, Angelo State University
MA, English, Midwestern State University  

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Feminist Rhetoric
  • History of Rhetoric
  • Writing Center Theory
  • Multimodal Composition  


  • Selected Chapters in Guide to Writing and Research at Oklahoma State University and Beyond

Honors and Offices

  • Assistant Director, OSU Writing Center (Spring 2014 – Present)

  • President, English Graduate Student Association (Fall 2014 – Present)

Conference Presentations

  • “In and Out: Exploring the Closet Metaphor in Writing Centers and Composition Classrooms.” South Central Writing Center Association Conference. Oklahoma State University, Feb. 2014

  • “Be Our Guest: A Hospitable Approach to Facing Class in the Writing Center.” International Writing Center Association Collaborative @ Conference on College Composition and Communication. St. Louis, MO, Mar. 2012

  • “Reflections on ‘Finding Our Writing Center: The Search for Identity amidst Student Misperceptions.’” University of Oklahoma Writing Center.  Apr. 2011 

Current Research/Articles in Progress

  • A Paci-Feminist Ethic: Woolf’s and Yousafzai’s Rhetorical Responses to Tyranny
  • “Staffing as Investing: Should Writing Centers be Used as Sites for Teacher Training?” 

Why OSU?

  • Primarily, I chose OSU based on a feeling that the faculty members would provide thoughtful, flexible support, that the atmosphere would promote learning, and that I would be challenged. My experiences over the last year have reinforced that intuition. I have received a great deal of support from faculty members, administrators, staff, and my fellow graduate students. By hosting events for EGSA this year, I have learned that to be even truer than I initially because I have seen how genuine and enthusiastic faculty members are in their desire to support graduate students. It also doesn’t hurt that the campus is just beautiful!