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Assistant Professor
Year Started at JMU: 2021
Contact Info


Ph.D., Rhetoric & Writing (Digital Rhetoric and Professional Writing emphasis), Michigan State University, 2021

M.A., Written Communication (Professional & Technical Writing Emphasis), Eastern Michigan University, 2017

B.S., Language, Literature, & Writing, Eastern Michigan University, 2013

Professional Focuses

Writing for businesses and nonprofits, Content Strategy, Mulitmodal Rhetoric, Visual Rhetoric, Black Women's Entrepreneurship, Black Feminisit Theory, Black Popular Culture


Peer reviewed

Wourman, Ja'La; Mckoy, Temptaous, Shelton, Cecilia, Sackey, Donnie, Jones, Natasha, Harper, Kimberly. "CCCC Black Technical and Professional Communication Statement and Resource Guide." Sept 2020.

Wourman, Ja'La J and Shingi Mavima. "Our Story Had to Be Told! A Look at the Intersection of the Black Campus Movement and Black Digital Media." Spark: A 4C4Equality. Vol 2. 9 July 2020.


Mckoy, T., Shelton, C., Wourman, J., Jones, N., Haywood, C., Harper, K., & Sackey, D.
Black Technical And Professional Communication: Special Issue. Technical Communication Quarterly. (expected Fall 2022).

Leger, S., Rodriguez, E., Wourman, J., Kelly, S., & Lauren B.
Writing, Composing, and Circulating Sound for Social Change. A special issue of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. 2021.

Blog Posts

Wourman, Ja'La. The Rhetoric of Participation: Considering Genevieve Critel's work with Katherine DeLuca & Lauren Obermark. Computers & Compositions. Digital Press. Oct. 2019.

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