Dr. Ryan Shirey

Dr. ShireyI arrived at the study and teaching of writing through my work as a Writing Center tutor and the pursuit of a Graduate Certificate in the Teaching of College Writing during my Ph.D. coursework in English and American literature at Washington University in St. Louis. While my initial training was in literary studies, I found that my teaching and research interests began to develop along lines that led me closer to the work being done by scholars and teachers in Rhetoric and Writing Studies. These interests included digital literacies, multimodal composition, genre theory, and Writing Center pedagogy (across a wide spectrum of theoretical concerns). I remain an engaged literature scholar (with interests in British Romanticism, Modernism, Scottish literature, and crime and detective fiction), but I devote most of my attention to collaborating with the peer tutors of the WFU Writing Center and coordinating their scheduling, training, and assessment as Interim Director of the Writing Center. I have a passion for Writing Center work and believe deeply in our mission as an alternative site for peer-oriented learning on this campus. I am also committed to the idea of creating a vibrant, interdisciplinary culture of writing here at Wake Forest, and I believe that such a goal is precisely where the interests of the Writing Center and the Writing Program complement one another beautifully.