Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgMy academic interests rest on the assumption that soical trends, popular cultures, and political agendas influence the way that universities understand and teach first-year composition. With the idea in mind, the first-year writing classroom transforms from a space dedicated to lessons on grammar, punctuation, and narrative structures to a rhetorical distillery that at once reflects and directs the ways students and faculty understand the larger culture and the role of academia within it. During my studies at Carnegie Mellon, I hope to expand my knowledge of first-year composition pedagogies and the social movements that paralleled them. By viewing cultural context and trends in composition instruction together, I hope to gain insight into current movements within the field.
Stephanie "Marek" Muller is a Denver native who considers Iowa City to be her second home. While studying playwriting in Iowa, she realized that her passion for animals superseded her love for theatre, but that without writing, she would be bored to tears. For this reason, she is studying Rhetoric with a focus on animals. She is interested in all forms of how people converse about animals: the discourses surrounding animal rights and welfare, how ethos and pathos contribute to and hinder the efforts of animal rights activists, the perceived connections between meat-eating and masculinity, and the place of "animal" studies as a discipline in the "human"ities.
After this year, she plans to continue onto her doctorate. Outside of class she can be found writing comic plays, performing in musicals, searching for Thai food, and watching "The Office" for the umpteeth time.
Email: email@example.comMeghan is a M.A. Rhetoric student who is excited to explore her lifelong love of words. She is especially interested in studying how rhetoric can be applied in healthcare to contribute to healthier populations and its impact on social movements. She has her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame where she studies English, Political Science, and the art of climbing campus structures without getting caught. (Just kidding, Mom!) In her spare time, Meghan enjoys running, hiking, cooking, writing, volunteering, all things outdoors, and frequenting local ice cream establishments.