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Center Graduate Students: Chelsea Catt


Chelsea Catt is a Ph.D. student in the department of Curriculum & Instruction and the Center for Writing Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Biographical Statement

I grew up in Mattoon, Illinois and started my pursuit of higher education at a community college. I firmly believe in strengthening open enrollment access and providing excellent academic support for students, which is why I have been highly involved with writing workshops and writing centers. I earned my MA from Eastern Illinois University where I concentrated on Composition Rhetoric and Professional Writing Studies. After graduating, I taught comp/rhet courses and worked as a full-time Grants Specialist before returning to Academia as a Ph.D. student. My current research projects involve a narrative inquiry into the experiences of first-generation college students and a case study of a basic writing course.

Research Interests

College Readiness & Writing Skills

First-Year Writing Pedagogies

First-Generation College Students

Substance Abuse/Addiction Discourse Communities

Courses Taught

CI 401: Introduction to Teaching in a Diverse Society, UIUC

ENG 120: Composition I, Lake Land College

COM 112: Composition II, Lincoln Land Community College

CAP 111: Honors Composition, University of Illinois at Springfield

Other Positions Held