Joanna Lin Want

Joanna Lin Want

Assistant Teaching Professor, University Writing Program

B.A., English, Indiana University
M.F.A., Creative Writing, Indiana University
Ph.D., English and Education, University of Michigan

Professor Want's interest in education began in southwest Detroit where she served as a Jesuit Volunteer in the role of educational advocate at Our Lady of Guadalupe Middle School for Girls. The personal and professional relationships she developed there with fellow teachers and students impressed upon her the relational nature of teaching and learning, a theme that she continues to contemplate in her research today. Her scholarship focuses on the voices and experiences of military students (veterans and active military) in their college composition courses and considers how their insights might contribute to the development of postsecondary writing pedagogy. Her academic interests include composition and creative writing pedagogy, rhetorical genre studies, veteran studies, and the practice of hospitality in educational contexts.

Recent Scholarly Activity
“Hospitable Course Design & Student Diversity: Reading and Writing about War in the First-Year
     Composition Classroom.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Tampa, FL.
     March 2015.
“Open Access Through Pedagogical Hospitality: What Unique Insights Can Student Veterans Offer?”
     Conference on College Composition and Communication, Indianapolis, IN. March 2014.
“Navigating Difference, Creating Connection Among ‘Peers’: A Pilot Study of Student Veterans’
     Experiences in College Writing Classrooms.” Writing Program Administrators (WPA) Conference.
    Albuquerque, NM. July 2012.

Contact Information
300 O’Shaughnessy Hall (Office)
205 Coleman-Morse Center (Mailbox)
(574) 631-0159