Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dively, Ronda


This thesis portfolio discusses my journey as a Master of English graduate student at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. I began as a graduate student in nineteenth-century American literature and switched concentrations halfway through my degree to Rhetoric and Composition. The decision to change programs was the result of my love for teaching beginning composition courses at SIUC. My passion for teaching drives each installment of this portfolio, focusing on my journey as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, my examination with a prominent theorist in the discipline of Rhetoric and Composition, and my interest in student engagement in the First-Year Composition classroom. My goal for this thesis portfolio is to offer a fresh perspective on Rhetoric and Composition, which allows me to explore my voice within the field.




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