Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dively, Ronda


This portfolio contains three separate research essays and a reflection that are related through a common theme, that of ethos. The research papers include: (1) an essay on the pedagogical value of Wikipedia when teaching students about developing authorial ethos; (2) a research essay on the value of writing centers employing tutors whose writing is not yet proficient in the standards set for academic discourse; and (3) a research essay on the use of blogs in first-year composition courses as a means of fostering agency, ownership of ideas, audience awareness, and metadiscourse use. These papers represent the variety of research I undertook during the M.A. program as well as my research interests moving toward the future.




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