Courtney Adams Wooten

Courtney Adams Wooten

Courtney Adams Wooten

Director

Assistant Professor

Writing Program Administration, Feminist Rhetorics, Composition

Courtney Adams Wooten began her career at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX, serving as the writing program administrator there for four years before joining GMU as the Director of Composition. She currently serves on the Council of Writing Program Administrators' Executive Board, and she is the book review editor for WPA: Writing Program Administration. She co-edited the collections WPAs in Transition and The Things We Carry: Strategies for Recognizing and Negotiating Emotional Labor in Writing Program Administration, and she has published in Composition Studies, WPA, Peitho, and Harlot as well as several edited collections. 

Current Research

Recasting “Woman”: Childless-by-Choice Women’s Rhetorical Identity Constructions. A monograph analyzing the ways childless-by-choice women employ doxa as they rhetorically negotiate their identities.

“‘I Get Some Discrimination They Don't Get, They Get Discrimination I Don't Get’: Childfree Reproductive Experiences in English Studies.”

“WPA Work at Large Institutions: Quantitative Survey Results.” 

Selected Publications

The Things We Carry: Strategies for Recognizing and Negotiating Emotional Labor in Writing Program Administration. Courtney Adams Wooten, Jacob Babb, Kristi Murray Costello, and Kate Navickas, eds. Logan, UT: Utah State University Press, 2020. 

WPAs in Transition: Navigating Educational Leadership Positions.Courtney Adams Wooten, Jacob Babb, and Brian Ray, eds. Logan, UT: Utah State University Press, 2018.  

“Beyond the Anecdote: Rhetorical Processes of TA Sensemaking.” Chapter accepted in Sensemaking in Writing Programs and Writing Centers. Ed. Rita Malenczyk.

“The Pursuit of (Un)Happiness in Rhetoric and Composition TAs’ Experiences.” Chapter accepted in Not Nearly All in a Row: Liminality and Variation in the Composition and Rhetoric TAship. Ed. Bill Macauley. Utah State University Press.

“Collegiality as Surveillance? Implementing Collegiality Statements in Institutions of Higher Education.” With Megan Condis. Academic Labor: Research and Artistry 2.1 (2018): 1-13. Available at https://digitalcommons.humboldt.edu/alra/vol2/iss1/3

 

Expanded Publication List

“Control and Constraint: Margaret Thatcher and the Dynamics of Gendered Rhetoric During Prime Minister’s Questions.” Peitho 20.2 (Spring 2018): 337-362.

“Rethinking SETs: Retuning Student Evaluations of Teaching for Student Agency.” With Brian Ray and Jacob Babb. Composition Studies 46.1 (Spring 2018): 34-56.

  • Received the Council of Writing Program Administrators Outstanding Scholarship Award, 2020.

“Travels, Transitions, and Leadership.” With Jacob Babb. In WPAs in Transition.Courtney Adams Wooten, Jacob Babb, and Brian Ray, eds. Logan, UT: Utah State University Press, 2018.

“Toward a Rhetoric of Expectations and Standards: Collaborative Assessment and Curricular Revision.” With Jacob Babb. InContingency, Exploitation, Solidarity. Eds. Seth Kahn, William Lalicker, and Amy Lynch-Biniek. WAC Clearinghouse. Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2017. 169-182.

“WPAs Reading SETs: Confronting Authority and Contingency.” With Brian Ray and Jacob Babb. WPA: Writing Program Administration40.1 (Fall 2016): 50-66.     

“Dottie and Me: Constructing Childless-by-Choice Alternative Rhetorics.” Harlot 13 (2015): n.p. Web.

“The Mediation of Literacy Education and the Extension Program at UNC-Chapel Hill, 1912-1924.” Composition Studies 41.2 (2013): 40-57.

Rev. of Nicholas N. Behm, Gregory R. Glau, Deborah H. Holdstein, Duane Roen, and Edward M. White’s The WPA Outcomes Statement – A Decade Later. Composition Studies 41.2 (2013): 134-137.

“‘We Have Issues!’: Mentors Share Their Stories.” With Jane B. Smith, Jamerson Magwood,Heather Harman, Heath Whatley, Gary Caulder, and Brittany Cecil. Southern Discourse 10.2 (Spring 2007): 3, 13.

Grants and Fellowships

“Writing@Mason: Articulating, Sharing, and Supporting Threshold Knowledges for Mason Core Writing Courses.” Curriculum Impact Grant, GMU, July 2019. With Michelle Lafrance, E. Shelley Reid, Tom Polk, and Susan Lawrence. 

“Civic Engagement in Mason Writing.” Curriculum Impact Grant, GMU, July 2018. With Jessica Matthews.

Courses Taught

ENGH 101: Composition

ENGH 302: Advanced Composition

ENGH 615: Proseminar in Composition Instruction

Education

Ph.D in English (Rhetoric and Composition), University of North Carolina at Greensboro, May 2014.

M.A. in English, Winthrop University, May 2008.

B.A. in English with Honors, Wingate University, May 2006.

Recent Presentations

Co-leader of “Self-Care in Challenging Times.” Council of Writing Program Administrators Virtual Conference, July 2020. 

“Working to Redefine ‘Happy’: Gendered Happiness Scripts and Childfree Women.” Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference. Harrisonburg, VA. November 2019.

“Morphing Administrative Design in Public Writing Programs.” Conference on Community Writing. Philadelphia, PA. October 2019.

“Building Public Writing Programs at Diverse Institutions.” Council of Writing Program Administrators. Baltimore, MD. July 2019.

“Beyond the Anecdote: TA Sensemaking as Writing Program Underlife.” Council of Writing Program Administrators. Baltimore, MD. July 2019.

“Disrupting Happiness Scripts Through Embodied Performance.” Conference on College Composition and Community. Pittsburgh, PA. March 2019.

“Power, Performance, and the Untenured WPA.” Respondent. Conference on College Composition and Community. Pittsburgh, PA. March 2019.