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Center Graduate Students: Ryan Ware


Ryan Ware is a first-year P.h.D student in the department of English and the Center for Writing Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Biographical Statement

I am from Central Maine, and I received my undergraduate degree in Secondary Education with an English concentration from the University of Maine, Orono. I taught high school English for three years, which led to an interest in what writing can do for, and to, students. I returned to the UMaine, Orono for an MA in English, focusing on Composition & Pedagogy. For a special third year of my Master’s work, I was awarded the Ulrich Wicks Fellowship through the English department so that I could continue to teach, mentor first-year TAs of first-year writing, and, most formatively, work more closely with my mentor, Dr. Dylan Dryer, to extend my MA thesis to a year-long, longitudinal study. I defended my thesis, “Contradictory Activity Footings: An Institutional Ethnography of English Teacher Development” in May, 2016.

Research Interests

I am deeply interested in Rhetorical Genre Studies (Miller, 1984; Bawarshi, 2003; Dryer, 2008), and hope to use it as a base to carve out a research space in the field of Writing Studies. More particularly, I am interested in the intersection(s) of Rhetorical Genre Studies, Cultural-Historical Activity Theory (Prior, 1998; Prior & Shipka, 2003; Russell, 1997), Institutional Structuration (Giddens, 1984), and Institutional Ethnographic methodologies (Smith, 2005; 2006, ed.) as a complex, multiform “lens” to begin investigating both literate activity and constructs of languageā€”in-and-out of the academy.