Curriculum Vitae

Rebecca Petitti
68F Bartlett Hall | UMass Amherst
r.petitti@umass.edu | rebeccawrites.org

EDUCATION:
PhD Student in Rhetoric and Composition, University of Massachusetts Amherst

M.A. in English, Northeastern University, May 2015
Thesis: “Designing an Effective Introduction to Writing Studies Course: Guiding Students Through the Field of Rhetoric and Composition”

B.A. in English Language and Literature, Bridgewater State University, May 2013
Graduated Magna Cum Laude
Thesis: “A Study in Sherlock: Revisiting the Relationship Between Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson”


RESEARCH INTERESTS
Transnational Rhetorical Studies | Digital Rhetoric
Human Rights Rhetoric | Emerging Media
Digital Pedagogy | Multimodal Composition


HONORS AND RESEARCH GRANTS:
Voted Best in Panel,  College English Association 2014 Conference | March 2014

Northeastern University Graduate Student Scholarship | Spring 2014

Adrian Tinsley Program Summer Research Grant, Summer 2012
Bridgewater State University Office of Undergraduate Research
“A Study in Sherlock”
Funding Amount: $4000.00

Dean’s List Standing |  Consecutive Semesters Fall 2010 – Spring 2013

Bridgewater State University Honors Program | September 2009-May 2013


PUBLICATIONS:
Petitti, Rebecca. (in progress). “Making a Refugee: USA for UNHCR, Neoliberal Narratives, and Gendered Pamphlet Performance.”

Petitti, Rebecca. (in progress). “Affective Identification and the Rhetorical Response to Terror.”

McLaughlin, Rebecca. “A Study in Sherlock: Then and Now.” The Undergraduate Review: Volume IX. Ed. Stacy Moskos Nistendirk. Bridgewater: Bridgewater State University, 2013. 105-9. Print. 


PAPERS PRESENTED:
“Making a Refugee: UNHCR and Discursive Construction,” Thomas R. Watson Conference, Louisville, KY, October 20-22, 2016.

“A Space for Opportunity: Geographic Displacement and Genre as Action in Persepolis,” Pop Culture Association/ American Culture Association National Conference, New Orleans, LA, April 1-5, 2015.

“The Power of Violence and Silence in 12 Years a Slave,” College English Association National Conference, Baltimore, MD, March 27-9, 2014.

“A Study in Sherlock: Then and Now, ” Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference, Washington, D.C., March 27-30, 2013.

“No Friend Like a Sister- Highlighting Female Strength” Sigma Tau Delta National Conference, Portland, OR, March 20-3, 2013.

“Roundtable: Film and Literature: Adapting Gender,” Presented with: Christina Jasper and Caitlin Larracey, Sigma Tau Delta National Conference, Portland, OR, March 20-3, 2013.

“Examining the Other: The Racial Other in Wuthering Heights and The Moonstone,” Third Annual Literary and Linguistics Undergraduate Colloquium, Wenham, MA, March 31, 2012.


TEACHING EXPERIENCE:
University of Massachusetts Amherst Writing Program
Instructional Technology Coordinator | September 2016-Present

University of Massachusetts Amherst Writing Center
Graduate Writing Consultant | September 2016-Present

University of Massachusetts Amherst Writing Program
Teaching Associate | September 2015-Present
Course Title: College Writing

Northeastern University
Teaching Assistant | January 2015 – May 2015
Course Title: Introduction to Writing Studies
Completed with Dr. Mya Poe

Northeastern University Writing Center
Writing Consultant | September 2013 – May 2015

Northeastern University
Teaching Assistant, January 2014 – May 2014
Course Title: Early African-American Literature
Completed with Dr. Nicole Aljoe

Bridgewater State University Writing Studio
Senior Writing Consultant, September 2011 – May 2013
Writing Consultant, January 2011 – September 2011
Writing Fellow, September 2010 – December 2010

Bridgewater State University
Teaching Assistant, September 2010-December 2010
Course Title: Writing Rhetorically [Targeted Course]
Completed with Dr. Kathryn Evans


MEMBERSHIPS:
National Council of Teachers of English
Rhetoric Society of America


 

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