Upcoming Events

04/20/2018 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Monthly Faculty Meetings
04/30/2018 - 05/04/2018

Ho'omana Nathan Horton, MA student in TESOL/Linguistics

Address: TBD
Message: 405-744-9474
E-mail: nahorto@ostatemail.okstate.edu 

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • English for Academic Purposes

  • Language Attitudes

  • Language Variation

Honors and Offices

  • Editorial Assistant – Journal of Linguistic Geography

  • Vice President – TESLing Club

Conference Presentations

  • “Conveying Academic Expectations in the Writing Center: The not-so-black-and-white negotiation of ‘Standard American English’” South Central Writing Center Association Conference, March 2014

  • “Teaching Hypothetical Conditionals for Argumentative Writing in an L2 Classroom” OKTESOL, October 2014

  • “The Glad Acceptance of Sacrificial Responsibility”: Defining Manhood and Accountability in a Christian Men’s Group” Language and Linguistics Student Conference, November 2014

Current Research/Articles in Progress

  • RODEO – Research on Dialects of English in Oklahoma


Hillary Coenen, PhD Student in Composition and Rhetoric

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

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


Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Feminist Rhetoric
  • Writing Center Theory & Pedagogy
  • Social Justice Rhetorics & Antiracist Pedagogy
  • Composition Pedagogies  


  • "Scene Report: Creating the Conversation Workshops in Oklahoma City." Writing Networks for Social Justice.  Eds. Liz Lane and Don Unger. Independent, 2017.
  • "Making Research Connections.” Inquiry, Research, and Argument at Oklahoma State University. Ed. Lynn Lewis. Fountainhead, 2016.
  • "Annotated Bibliography.” A Guide to Writing and Research at OSU and Beyond. Eds. Ron Brooks, Jessica Fokken, and Benjamin Smith. Southlake: Fountainhead, 2015.
  • "How to Locate Your Perspective.” A Guide to Writing and Research at OSU and Beyond. Eds. Ron Brooks, Jessica Fokken, and Benjamin Smith. Southlake: Fountainhead, 2015.

Selected Conference Presentations

  • "Transforming Patriarchal Academic Institutions through Feminist Research: Exploring the Laboring Bodies and Languages of Women Writing Program Administrators” Roundtable Presentation. Conference on College Composition & Communication, Kansas City, MO, March 2018.
  • "Beyond Inclusion: Developing a Mindful Approach to Racial Justice in Tutor Training.” South Central Writing Center’s Association Conference. University of Central Arkansas, Feb. 2018.
  • "HeForWhom?: Identification and Transnational Feminism in Women’s Rights Advocacy.” Feminisms & Rhetorics Conference, Dayton, OH, October 2017.
  • "The One Girl (R)Evolution: Malala Yousafzai’s Multicultural Girl Power Rhetoric.” Rhetoric Society of America Conference, Atlanta, GA, May 2016.
  • "A Paci-feminist Ethic: Woolf’s & Yousafzai’s Rhetorical Responses to Tyranny.” Feminisms & Rhetorics Conference, Arizona State University, October 2015.
  • "Terms of Engagement: Mapping Methods of Feminist Historiography.” Computers & Writing. University of Wisconsin-Stout, May 2015.

Honors and Offices

  • Social Justice Specialist, OSU Writing Center (Aug. 2017 - Present)
  • Interim Writing Center Director, OSU Academic Service for Student-Athletes (Jan. 2018 - Apr. 2018)
  • Assistant Director, OSU First Year Composition Program (Aug. 2015 - May 2017)
  • Founder, OKState FACE, Feminists Advocating for Community and Equity (Oct. 2015 – Present)
  • Assistant Director, OSU Writing Center (Jan. 2014 - Aug. 2015)
  • President, English Graduate Student Association (Aug. 2014 - Aug. 2015)

Current Research/Articles in Progress

  •  Working Dissertation Title: “Inviting You to See it Differently”: How Interpersonal Antiracist Activism Can Use Rhetoric and Writing Center Pedagogy"
  • Article in Progress: “A Paci-Feminist Ethic: Woolf’s and Yousafzai’s Ethics of Care and Justice in Times of Tyranny

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 here have reinforced that intuition. I have received a great deal of support from faculty members, administrators, staff, and my fellow graduate students. It also doesn’t hurt that the campus is just beautiful!

Jeff Tate, PhD student in Technical Writing

Address: 205 Morrill Hall
Message: 405-744-9474
E-mail: jeff.tate@okstate.edu 

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Genre Theory
  • Activity Theory
  • Online Education, especially in composition and technical writing 

Conference Presentations

  • TYCA Conference, San Antonio, TX, Fall 2007

Cara Ernzen, MA Student in TESL

Address: 414 Morrill Hall

Email: cara.ernzen@okstate.edu



areas of interest and expertise

  • Second Language Writng
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Genre


conference presentations

  • "Tutors as Literacy Sponsors," South Central Writing Center Association Conference. Stillwater, OK, Spring 2014
  • "Teaching Modal Verbs in Context: A Discourse-Based Approach," OKTESOL. Edmond, OK, Fall 2014. 


Current research/articles in Progress

  • Online language learning narratives

Tim O’Neil, PhD student in Early American Literature

BA Oklahoma State University
MA Oklahoma State University 

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Colonial American Literature through the Nineteenth Century
  • Colonial American History
  • Cotton Mather
  • Jonathan Edwards
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne

Honors and Offices

  • Jacob K. Javits Fellow – 2007-present
  • OSU Creativity Initiative, Steering Committee Member – 2008-present
  • OSU Freshman Research Scholars Program, Director – 2008-present 

Conference Presentations

  • OSU Representative for The Office of Scholar Development and Recognition
    Education, Innovation and Discovery: The Distinctive Promise of the American Research University, Hilton Washington D.C., November 2008.

  • “Eden in the New England Wilderness: Milton’s Position in Hawthorne’s ‘Young Goodman Brown.’” Boundaries Crossed: English in the Age of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Tulsa, March 2008.

  • "Advice for Applicants to the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship.”
    Getting It Right: A Workshop for New Advisors, National Association of Fellowships Advisors, University of Arkansas, July 2008. 

Current Research/Articles in Progress

  • I am currently preparing a critical edition of Cotton Mather’s letters to The Royal Society—collectively titled the “Curiosa Americana”—from the original 1723 manuscripts held by the American Antiquarian Society.  I am also working on an article that examines vision and utopian construction in Hawthorne’s The Blithedale Romance.    

Why OSU?

OSU is a vibrant collegial community of experienced, innovative scholars who are uniquely “knit together by this bond of love and live in the exercise of it.”