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Center Graduate Students: Bruce Kovanen


Bruce Kovanen is an PhD student in the Center for Writing Studies and the English Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Biographical Statement

Bruce Kovanen hails from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He attended Knox College where he graduated with a BA in Psychology and honors in Composition and Rhetoric. As a student at Knox, Bruce developed a strong interest in writing studies while working as a writing consultant in Knox’s writing center and as a GED tutor in the Carl Sandburg Adult Learning Center. During his time at Knox, Bruce completed a year-long research project examining Knox’s First-Year Preceptorial program using archival sources, focus groups, and writing surveys. He also served on the CCCC Working Group tasked with revising the CCCC Guidelines for the Ethical Conduct of Research in Composition Studies. His current work focuses on the relations between writing and gesture.

Research Interests

Composition Pedagogy, Writing Program Administration, Research Methodologies and Ethics, Semiotic Practices, Literate Activity, Cultural-Historical Activity Theory, and Sociocultural Perspectives of Literacy and Learning

Positions Held

Assistant Director, Undergraduate Rhetoric Program (Spring 2017-Spring 2018)

Peer Mentor, Undergraduate Rhetoric Program (Fall 2016)