Staci Shultz is an assistant professor of English at Wesleyan College. She teaches a variety of writing courses, including ESL, Advanced Argumentation, and Professional Writing. She was a HASTAC Scholar during her time at the University of Michigan as a PhD student in the Joint Program in English & Education, and she looks forward to returning the favor by sponsoring undergrads at Wesleyan.
My scholarship centers on college students' extracurricular writing practices, specifically those who write fan fiction for the television show House, M.D. I examine the writing ideologies at work in these often-contested writing communities, examining how a site "sponsors" literacy practices (Deborah Brandt, 2001) and the ways in which participants' practices are recruited, enabled, and sometimes suppressed. I argue that acknowledging the writing our students do outside of the composition classroom can help us create more dynamic and relevant pedagogies and also help us better prepare them for a variety of rhetorical situations.