Congratulations to Program Alum Mary Helen O’Connor for Winning Two Prestigious Awards

“Dr. Mary Helen O’Connor, senior faculty associate for the Office of International Initiatives and assistant professor of English at Georgia State University’s Perimeter College, has been named the 2018 recipient of two prestigious university awards: a George M. Sparks Award and the Carl V. Patton President’s Awards for Community Service and Social Action in the Outstanding Faculty Award category. She is the first in university history to receive both honors in the same year.” Read more from the Office of International Initiatives’ article here.

Dr. O’Connor is a graduate of our Ph.D. in English (Rhetoric and Composition), and we are thrilled that her excellent service and community engagement initiatives are being recognized with these prestigious university awards. Congratulations, Mary Helen! We are so proud of your accomplishments!

Call for Urban Fellows at GSU: Info Session 3/21, Apps Due 4/9

See the call below for Urban Fellows at GSU for the next academic year. Graduate students from any department can apply, and this would be a great opportunity if you are interested in studying issues related to cities, urban development, Atlanta studies, or place-based studies. Contact Karen Johnston (see info below) with questions. ~Ashley Holmes

Attention Graduate Students – Call for Urban Fellows for 2018-2019 Academic Year – Graduate Students From All Departments Welcome to Apply

Are you interested in:

·         Developing an understanding of the many problems and challenges that cities face through research, readings, course lectures, and site visits?

·         How to evaluate the many interconnected factors and policies that create these problems and challenges?

·         The advantages of comparative analysis to find solutions to the problems that cities face?

·         Developing a deep understanding of a particular urban issue of interest through researching and writing?

·         A possible opportunity to publish your Urban Fellows research paper in the Journal of Comparative Urban Law and Policy?

 Come to the Urban Fellows Information Session Wednesday, March 21 from 12-1 p.m. in Room
345 of the College of Law at 85 Park Place.
  In this session, you will learn more about the urban fellows program (goals, course structure, requirements, etc).  You will also hear presentations by current urban fellows about their research paper topics.  Lunch will be served.

 Application Process to be an Urban Fellow:  Fillout attached application, and email it back to Karen Johnston atkjohnston3@gsu.eduby April 9th at midnight. The program is open to all graduate students.

 What is the Urban Fellows Program?  Healthy cities, sustainable cities, equitable cities, resilient cities, smart cities – what do these buzz words really mean?  What challenges do cities face in trying to achieve these goals?  How are other cities tackling these problems and challenges?  Answering these and other related questions are central tenets of the Urban Fellows Program, a year-long course comprised of lectures, hands-on learning experiences, and research and writing.  Students participating in the course are required to write a 25 page research paper due in the spring semester; select Urban Fellows papers will be published in the Journal of Comparative Urban Law & Policy.  Students who successfully complete this program will be awarded a certificate.  This interdisciplinary program is run by the College of Law’s Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth; top graduate students are selected from across Georgia State University and Georgia Institute of Technology School of City and Regional Planning to participate.

 Topics generally covered in the lecture series include:  sustainability; resilient cities; smart city initiatives; environmental and natural resources; basic city services, infrastructure, and transportation; racial and social equality; fair and affordable housing; land use; health.

 Class Meetings: 
This class will meet Wednesdays from 4:10-5:30 p.m. in both the fall and spring semesters (Changes underway!  I am working on revamping the program to limit lectures to the Wednesday afternoon time slot; historically, there have been lunch lectures as well.
  Currently this is a 2 credit hour class, and does not meet every Wednesday but as scheduled).

Karen Johnston

Assistant Director, Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth

Managing Editor, Journal of Comparative Urban Law and Policy –

Georgia State University College of Law

Phone:  404-413-9175



Congratulations to all the presenters and attendees who represented GSU at the 2018 Southeastern Writing Center Association (SWCA) Conference! SWCA was February 22-24 at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, where we had a number of GSU graduate students and two undergraduates presenting their research.







Below is a listing of presentations with GSU presenters. Congrats, all!

Growing Pains: Learning to (Hopefully More Than Just) Tolerate Technological Tutoring

  • Meagan Malone, Kathryn Dean, David St. John, Jennifer Carter, Caitlin Creson, and Jay Shelat (GSU Alum)

Transition/ Translation: Linguistic Transience for ELL and Multilingual Learners

  • Meagan Malone, David St. John, and Brianny Paulino

A Space for Transitions: Liminal Positions in Writing Centers

  • Nicole Turner, Jennifer Carter, and Caitlin Creson

Mentors and Mentees in Writing Centers: Transitions in Writing from a Solitary Act to Social Activity

  • Kathryn Dean, Brianny Paulino, and Joan Banez

Do You Want to Be Our Partner? Exploring the Benefits and Challenges of Transitioning to Symbiotic Relationships With Other Organizations

  • Brittny Byrom, Alec Prevett, and Nicole Turner

Authority and Role Transitions: Tutors in Peer-Review and Classroom Settings

  • Bowie Hagan, Joan Banez, Shabana Sayeed, and Harlow Schinholzer

Building Bridges Between Generations: Transitions, Exigencies and Institutional Constraints in Writing Center Studies

  • Jessica Rose and Dr. Mary Hocks

Paid P/T Communications Coordinator Position

The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is hiring!


Job Title

Communications Coordinator


Part-time position: 20 hours/week, $18-22/hour

Start Date

Feb/Mar 2018


Are you equally passionate about the transformative powers of cycling and storytelling? We’re looking for someone like you to help garner support for our advocacy work by creating, editing, and sharing content that is accurate, informative and compelling.

See the complete job ad and information for applying here.

Congratulations to Jen Carter, Newly Appointed Assistant Editor of Kairos

I’d like to take a moment to recognize one of our Ph.D. students at GSU, Jen Carter, who was recently selected as an Assistant Editor for Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. The process of choosing new editors is competitive and includes multiple rounds of scrutiny, so this is quite an accomplishment. In the newest issue of the journal, Editor Cheryl Ball welcomes the new set of assistant editors, including Jen, in her “Logging On” feature, linked here and excerpted below:

Congratulations, Jen!

CCCC Kansas City: GSU Happy Hour

Hi everyone,
If you’re planning on attending CCCC in Kansas City in March, join us for a GSU happy hour on Thursday, March 15, 2018 5-7PM. We realize conference schedules are particularly busy this year, but if you can find time, join us at Cleaver and Cork at 1333 Walnut Street, Kansas City, MO 64106.  
Hope you have a great conference!
All best,

Computers & Writing Graduate Research Network (Deadline Apr. 24th)

This is a great opportunity to share your works-in-progress research and/or teaching projects! ~Ashley Holmes
Join us again this year at the annual Graduate Research Network (GRN)!
We are seeking in-process writing and research projects for roundtable discussions at the eighteenth annual Computers & Writing Graduate Research Network on May 24, 2018 at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. Deadline for submissions (and to apply for Travel Grant funding) is April 24, 2018. 
We also need Discussion Leaders, advertisers/donors, and Ride2CWers! For more information visit our Web site at http://www.gradresearchnetwork.org, or email me (Janice Walker) at
Hope to see you there!