Interim Assistant Director, Scholarship Area

almjeljm@jmu.edu

Contact Info

Courses Taught

WRTC/WMST/SCOM 420, Feminist Rhetorics
WRTC 484, Writing for NonProfits
WRTC 486, Writing in the Community,
WRTC 500, Critical Questions in WRTC

Education

PhD     Bowling Green State University, English, Writing and Rhetoric
MA      Eastern Kentucky University, English, Rhetoric and Composition
BA       Eastern Kentucky University, Journalism            

Biography

Jen Almjeld is an Associate Professor of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication at James Madison University teaching courses in research, media theory, and composition. Her publications appear in Computers and Composition, Kairos and Girlhood Studies. She is the co-author of a composition textbook and has authored several book chapters, most recently a co-authored piece called “Organic Mentorship: Feminist model of mentoring as strategy to support scholars and leaders” appearing in the edited collection Surviving Sexism in Academia: Strategies for Feminist Leadership. Almjeld is also involved in several community engagement projects and initiatives including serving as an instructor for the Young Women’s Leadership afterschool program and serving on JMU’s Engagement Advisory Group. 

Current Research Interests

Her work most often centers on issues of identity creation and performance as well as composition in multiple modalities. She is also interested in the practical and pedagogical concerns of faculty life and is currently focused on ways faculty successfully incorporate engagement initiatives into their teaching and scholarly lives.

Select Publications

Journals

  • "The f-word: A decade of hidden feminism in Kairos." Co-authored as class project with Hillary Chester, Rachel Fisher, Kortney Frederick, Troy Fultz, Julia Germain, Tyler Haas, Judy Hong, Meghan Lavin, Sierra McAliney, Peggy Michel, Allison Michelli, Mallory O'Shea, Samantha Perez, Mary Pitts, Morgan Shaughnessy, Kinzie Stanley, Brooklyn Steele, Kelly Vingelis, Chelsea Weatherhead. Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. January 2016.
  • “Collecting Girlhood: Pinterest Cyber Collections Archive Available Feminine Identities.” Girlhood Studies. December 2015, vol. 8.3, 6-22.
  • “Training Technofeminists: A Field Guide to the Art of Girls’ Tech Camps.” Co-authored with Jen England. Computers and Composition Online. Fall 2015-Spring 2016. http://casit.bgsu.edu/cconline/fall15/almjeld_england/
  • "A Rhetorician's Guide to Love: Online Dating Profiles as Remediated Commonplace Books." Computers and Composition. June 2014.
  • "Virtual Teaming: Crossing Borders and Faculty Collaboration in Online Spaces." Co-authors Natalia Rybas and Sergey Rybas. Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. January 2013.
  • "Producing Local Knowledge: The Grad Class Assignment as Curricular Outreach." Co-authored as class project with Tanya Allred, Jennifer Bracken-Scott, Bonnie Chapman, Nate Daniel, Emily Hernandez, Robin Korody, Bryan Lindenberger, Santiago Lopez, Seth Meyers, Omar Montoya, and Frances Walker. Computers and Composition Online: Fall 2010-Spring 2011.

Book Chapters

•    "Organic Mentorship: Feminist model of mentoring as strategy to support scholars and leaders.” Co-authors Meg McGuire and Kristine Blair. In Surviving Sexism in Academia: Strategies for Feminist Leadership, editted by Holly Hassel and Kristi Cole. Routledge: London. July 2017.

•    "Getting 'Girly' Online: The Case for Gendering Online Spaces." In Handbook of Research on Writing and Composing in the Age of MOOCs, editted by Elzabeth Monske and Kristine Blair. IGI Global: Hershey, PA. 2017. p 87-105.

  • "Multimodal Methods for Multimodal Literacies: Establishing A Techno-Feminist Research Identity." Co-author Kristine Blair. In Composing (Media) = Composing (Embodiment), edited collection by Anne Wysocki and Kristin Arola. March 2012.  


Textbook

      • "CrossCurrents: Cultures, Communities, Technologies." Co-authored textbook with Kristine Blair and Robin Murphy, Cengage Learning/Wadswork. January 2013

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