I entered the field of composition and rhetoric as an undergraduate peer tutor in my college’s writing center. My early tutoring experiences were formative in developing both my research interests and teaching methods, which enact the collaborative writing talk and affiliative relationship-building characteristic of writing centers and community literacy programs (and of tutoring and peer mentoring, more broadly).
Today I study one-with-one writing talk, which takes place regularly in schools, workplaces, homes, and community sites. I am interested in the potential of this talk (and the relationship-building, writing, revision, and rethinking involved) to bring about more equitable relations. I use applied conversation analysis (CA) to study in-the-moment interactions and take a mixed-method approach, tracing evolutions over time. I ask: When and how do writers assert their right to speak? How do writers negotiate power relations with imagined/intended audiences? How can writing and writing relationships contribute to a more racially and socially just world?
Much of my work—my research, teaching, professional service, and community involvement—is motivated by my commitment to equity in education. In my classroom teaching, this commitment manifests in undergraduate research and community-based learning. With students, I seek to understand the power of writing to facilitate personal and social transformations for writers and their communities.
To read some of Beth Godbee’s scholarship, preview her SelectedWorks page here.
- Composition, Rhetoric and Literacy Studies
- Monday 5:45-8:15 pm in the Raynor Library (Bridge)
- Thursday 1:00-1:50 (MH Hall 222)
- By appointment
- 3210/101 TTh 2:00-3:15 Lalumiere 210
- Writing Practices and Processes: Ethnography of the University: Developing an Inquiry State of Mind
- 4210/101 TTh 3:30-4:45 Lalumiere 210
- Writing, Literacy and Rhetoric Studies: Writing for Social Justice
- Composition, rhetoric, and literacy studies
- Qualitative research methodologies
- Social justice education
- Equity, justice, peacemaking, and community organizing
- Feminist and womanist pedagogies and epistemologies
- Cultural rhetorics and relational communication
- Community writing and community-based research
- Writing centers and writing across the curriculum
- “Making Commitments to Racial Justice Actionable,” with Rasha Diab, Thomas Ferrel, and contributions by Neil Simpkins. Performing Antiracist Pedagogy in Rhetoric, Writing, and Communication, edited by Frankie Condon and Vershawn Young. Across the Disciplines Books, 2016. 19-39. (Reprint with revisions; e-book and print versions.)
- “Why Inquiry Matters: An Argument and Model for Inquiry-Based Writing Courses,” with Katherine Ellington and Megan Knowles. Wisconsin English Journal 58.2 (Fall 2016): Web.
- "Forum Theatre: Using Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed to Build Receptive Competence,” with Rasha Diab. Contemplative Practices for Anti-Oppression Education. Ed. Beth Berilla. Pedagogical Resource in Scholarly Website (2015): Web.
- "Body + Power + Justice: Movement-Based Workshops for Critical Tutor Education,” with Moira Ozias and Jasmine Kar Tang. Writing Center Journal 34.2 (2015): 61-112.
- “Stretching Beyond the Semester: Undergraduate Research, Ethnography of the University, and Proposals for Local Change,” with Jessie Bazan, Megan Glise, Ariel Gonzalez, Katelyn Quigley, and Brittany White. Perspectives on Undergraduate Research and Mentoring (PURM) 3.2 (2015): Web.
- "Asserting the Right to Belong: Feminist Co-Mentoring Among Graduate Student Women,” with Julia Novotny. Feminist Teacher 23.3 (Fall 2014): 177-195.
- “Making Commitments to Racial Justice Actionable," with Rasha Diab, Thomas Ferrel, and Neil Simpkins. Across the Disciplines 10.3 (2013): Web.
- “Toward Explaining the Transformative Power of Talk About, Around, and for Writing.” Research in the Teaching of English 47.2 (Nov. 2012): 171-197.
- “A Multi-Dimensional Pedagogy for Racial Justice in Writing Centers.” With Rasha Diab, Thomas Ferrel, and Neil Simpkins. Praxis: A Writing Center Journal. 10.1 (2012): Web.
- “Organizing for Antiracism in Writing Centers: Principles for Enacting Social Change.” With Moira Ozias. Writing Centers and the New Racism: A Call for Sustainable Dialogue and Change, edited by Laura Greenfield and Karen Rowan. Logan, UT: Utah State University Press, 2011. 150-174. *Award Winner: The book received the 2011 International Writing Centers Association (IWCA) Outstanding Book Award.
- “Resisting Altruism: How Systematic Power and Privilege Become Personal in One-on- One Community Tutoring.” Community Literacy Journal 3.2 (Spring 2009): 37-52.
- “Making It Count: Mentoring as Cultural Currency.” With Tanya Cochran. Stories of Mentoring, edited by Michelle F. Eble and Lynée Lewis Gaillet. West Lafayette, IN: Parlor Press, 2008. 301-305.
- “Navigating Conversational Turns: Grounding Difficult Discussions on Racism.” With Sarah Dees and Moira Ozias. Praxis: A Writing Center Journal 5.1 (Fall 2007): Web.
- “A (Re)cognition of Peerness as Friendship.” Writing Lab Newsletter 29.6 (Feb. 2005): 13-15.
- Faculty Development, Research, and Travel Awards, Marquette University, 2012-2016
- Rynne Research Fellowship, Marquette University Center for Peacemaking, 2015
- Summer Faculty Fellowships, Marquette University, 2012 and 2014
- Chairs’ Memorial Scholarship, Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), 2011
- Josephine De Kármán Fellowship, 2010-2011
- Graduate Research Grants, International Writing Centers Association (IWCA), 2004 and 2010
- Teaching Fellow, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2010
- Mary Adams Dissertation Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2010
- Ben Rafoth Graduate Research Award, International Writing Centers Association (IWCA), 2008
- Peer Tutor Award, Southeastern Writing Center Association (SWCA), 2005