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Travis Webster

Travis Webster, Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Writing and Director of Writing Across the Curriculum

Travis Webster, Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Writing and Director of Writing Across the Curriculum
Travis Webster, Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Writing and Director of Writing Across the Curriculum for the University Writing Program

Department of  English
408 Shanks Hall
181 Turner Street NW
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Travis Webster is an assistant professor of rhetoric and writing at Virginia Tech. He is the author of Queerly Centered: LGBTQA Writing Center Directors Navigate the Workplace (Utah State University Press, 2021), which won the International Writing Centers Association's 2022 Outstanding Book Award and the Conference on College Composition and Communication’s 2023 Lavender Rhetorics Book Award. His articles and chapters appear in College Composition and Communication, Writing Center Journal, WPA: Writing Program Administration, The Peer Review, and edited collections. He has worked in writing centers since 2002 and, since 2006, has taught undergraduate writing courses at all levels and graduate courses about writing centers, WAC, composition pedagogy, and cultural rhetorics.

  • Writing Centers
  • Writing Across the Curriculum
  • Queer and Cultural Rhetorics 
  • LGBTQIA+ Labor and Higher Education
  • Lifespan Writing 
  • Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2012
  • M.A., Miami University, 2008
  • B.A., Stephen F. Austin State University, 2005
  • Review Board, WAC Journal, 2022-present
  • At-Large Representation to the Executive Board, International Writing Centers Association (IWCA), 2018-2021
  • Chair, IWCA Research Grants, 2018-2020 
  • Co-Chair, IWCA LGBTQIA+ Standing Group, 2018-2020 
  • Review Board, The Peer Review: Journal for Writing Center Practitioners, 2016-present 
  • Review Board, Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric and Society, 2019-present
  • 2023 Lavender Rhetorics Book Award for Excellence in Queer Scholarship, Conference on College Composition and Communication
  • 2022 Outstanding Book Award, International Writing Centers Association
  • 2021 Thank-a-Teacher Recognition, VT Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
  • 2019 Educator of the Year, Pace University-Westchester LGBTQA Center
  • 2016 International Writing Centers Association Research Grant

Journal Articles

“Unicorn Status, Queer Activism, and Bullied Laboring: LGBTQ Writing Center Administrators Talk About Invisible Work.” Writing Center Journal 39.1-2: 97-118.

“Antiracism Across the Curriculum: Practicing an Integrated Approach to WAC and Writing Center Faculty Development.” (with Rebecca Hallman Martini). WPA: Writing Program Administration. Special Summer Issue on Black Lives Matter and Antiracist WPA Projects 44.3 (2021): 100-105. Eds., Jennifer Sano-Franchini and Sheila Carter-Tod.  

“Embracing the Always-Already: Toward Queer Assemblages for Writing Across the Curriculum Administration.” (with Jonathan Rylander). College Composition and Communication 72.2 (2020): 198-223.

Book Chapters

“Queer Rhetorics as Intervention Methods: The Curious Case of Conversion Violence.” The Routledge Handbook of Queer Rhetorics. Routledge (2022): 382-89. Eds., Jackie Rhodes and Jonathan Alexander.

“What Online Writing Spaces Afford Us in the Age of Campus Carry, ‘Wall-Building,’ and Orlando’s Pulse Tragedy.” (with Rebecca Hallman Martini). Writing and Composing in the Age of MOOCs. IGI Global (2017): 278-93. Eds., Elizabeth Monske and Kristine Blair. 

“Kairotic gaze/gays: LGBTQ Identity and Graduate Student Professionalization in the Rhetoric and Composition Field.” (with Matthew B. Cox). Metamorphosis: The Effects of Professional Development on Graduate Students: The Fountainhead Press X Series for Professional Development. Fountainhead Press (2016): 83-100. Eds., Andrea Davis and Suzanne Webb. 

Other Creative Works

“Writing Centers as Brave/r Spaces.” (edited with Rebecca Hallman Martini). The Peer Review: Journal for Writing Center Practitioners 1.2 (2017).

  • ENGL 1105: First-Year Writing I
  • ENGL1106: First-Year Writing II
  • ENGL3764: Technical Writing
  • ENGL5034: Teaching Practicum
  • ENGL 5426: Cultural Rhetorics 

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