Wesley Dunning

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PhD candidate in English: Composition & TESOL whose research interests are ecological approaches to composition, identity construction, linguistic landscape, digital literacies, social media writing, and poetry

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I am a second-year Ph.D. student in the Graduate Studies in Composition and TESOL program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. I earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing—Poetry from the University of Memphis and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Colorado State University. I have taught courses in Composition, Research Writing, and Poetry Workshop during three semesters at Memphis, and I taught American & World Literatures for one year at a public high school in North Carolina.

My research interests in technology intersect with ecological approaches to composition, identity, and social media. Specifically, I am interested in pursuing the following questions: 1) How does identity relate to notions of place/non-place in social media? 2a) In what ways do college student writers construct their identities of place and non-place on social media? 2b) What characteristics of their composing reveal place/non-place identity construction? By investigating these questions of place, identity, and social media, I aim to develop a pedagogy that challenges our college composition students to learn about the interdependence of mind, body, and society and to positively impact local and global communities.

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