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Elizabeth (Betsy) Allan

Elizabeth (Betsy) Allan

Title: Assistant Professor
Office: 304 O'Dowd Hall
E-mail: allan@oakland.edu

Biography

Elizabeth (Betsy) Allan completed her PhD in English (Composition and Rhetoric) at Temple University. Her primary research focus is the development of writing pedagogy that will meet the current challenges of redefining writing to include the new media of 21st-century literacies. In her dissertation, Betsy investigates the multimodal literacy practices and rhetorical strategies of undergraduate architecture students and their studio professors. She demonstrates that design studio pedagogy shares critical elements with classical rhetoric and with the “pedagogy of multiliteracies” developed by the multimodal theorists of the New London Group. Betsy came to composition and rhetoric with a background in education (M.Ed.) focusing on secondary English. She has extensive experience teaching in diverse contexts in higher education. She has also worked in the Temple University Writing Center as a tutor, trainer, and workshop facilitator. In 2007, Teaching English in the Two Year College published her article, "The Triple-Voiced Adjunct: Finding a Middle Space while Teaching Writing on the Road." In addition to her expertise in multiliteracies, Betsy is well-versed in writing program administration, faculty development, curriculum development, and assessment.

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