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Kathryn Comer, PhD

Director of First-Year Writing
Assistant Professor of English
kcomer@barry.edu

Education

  • BA in Literature, Eckerd College
  • MPhil in Anglo - Irish Literature, Trinity College Dublin
  • MA in English, University of Colorado Boulder
  • PhD in English - Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy Studies, The Ohio State University

Areas of Interest

Rhetoric and Composition, Pedagogy, Narrative Theory, Multimodal Composition, Literacy Studies, Publishing, Professional Writing, Writing Program Administration

Biography

Dr. Kathryn Comer is Assistant Professor of English and Director of First-Year Writing at Barry University. Her scholarship revolves around composition pedagogy, narrative rhetoric, and multimodal literacy, and her teaching balances critical theory and practical application. During her graduate work at OSU, she participated in the launch of the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives, a project that continues to inspire her; the co-authored “The Pedagogy of the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives: A Survey” appears in Computers and Composition: An International Journal. She is a founding editor of Harlot: A Revealing Look at the Arts of Persuasion, a digital journal about everyday rhetoric designed to bridge the gap between academic and public discourses; this work has led to publications in - “Something’s Fishy Here” - and about - "Language and Limitations: Toward a New Praxis of Public Intellectualism" in Global Academe: Engaging Intellectual Discourse - Harlot.

Director of FYW, Comer works with the Barry University community to develop a curriculum dedicated to critical perspectives and transferable skills. She is currently working on a research project examining the potential for student involvement in assessing and improving the FYW experience for future Barry students.

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