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Shevaun Watson


Shevaun E. Watson became Assistant Professor and Director of Composition at UW-Eau Claire in July 2009.  Previously, she was an Assistant Professor of English at the University of South Carolina for five years.  Before that, she worked with the Campus Writing Coordinator at UC-Irvine.  Originally from the Twin Cities, Shevaun is very happy to be back in the upper Midwest (though she will dearly miss the glorious springtimes of the South).

Shevaun received her B.A. in English from the University of Minnesota (’93), her M.A. in Rhetoric and Composition from UW-Milwaukee (’99), and her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition from Miami University of Ohio (’04).  Her primary areas of scholarship include writing studies (Writing Centers, WPAs, WAC/WID) and early African American rhetoric and literacy (18th C).  Her dissertation on blacks’ testimonial rhetorics during the Early Republic won awards from both the Rhetoric Society of America and the American Society for the History of Rhetoric (NCA).  She is currently completing a related manuscript, entitled Coming to Terms: Essays Toward a Cultural History of Black Rhetoric in Early America, which traces the rhetorical practices of slaves and free blacks in Charleston, Boston and Philaldelphia between 1740 and 1828.  Her forthcoming article in College Composition and Communication (Sep ’09), “‘Good Will Come of This Evil’: Enslaved Teachers and the Transatlantic Politics of Early Black Literacy,” provides an excerpt from her manuscript.  Shevaun’s other work on literacy, history of rhetoric, and writing studies has appeared in Early American Literature, Rhetorica, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Writing Center Journal, Women and Literacy (Daniell and Mortensen), Culture Shock and the Practice of Profession (Anderson and Romano), and Silence and Listening (Glenn and Ratcliffe).

Shevaun teaches primarily Composition at Eau Claire, where she happily works with students on their writing.  She also teaches English 397, the Peer Tutoring course.  Her other teaching interests include graduate studies in Composition and Introduction to American Literature. 

Dr. Watson welcomes queries and comments pertaining to the Composition Program and the University Writing Center from students, faculty, staff, and other interested parties.