Assistant Teaching Professor
University Writing Program
B.A., Christopher Newport University
M.A., University of Windsor
Ph.D., University of Arizona
Jessica Shumake's research interests include community literacy, archival research methods, and university-community partnerships. Her teaching is energized by meaningful writing partnerships with community organizations and local schools. She has been involved with the teaching of argument writing in cross-level collaborative writing exchanges since 2011. She is the book review and new media editor for the Community Literacy Journal.
Shumake, Jessica, and Rachael Wendler Shah. "Reciprocity and Power Dynamics:
Community Members Grading Students." Reflections: A Journal of Public Rhetoric,
Civic Writing, and Service Learning, vol. 17, no. 2, 2017, pp. 5–42.
Shumake, Jessica. Review of Timothy Laquintano's Mass Authorship and the Rise of Self-Publishing.
Community Literacy Journal, vol. 12, no. 1, Fall 2017, pp. 100–103.
Shumake, Jessica. Review of "Visual Rhetoric for Social Change in the Writing Classroom."
CCCC 2016, Panel J. 24. Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, vol. 21, no. 2, 2017.
Shumake, Jessica. “Archival Research as a Queer Practice: ‘Pull Here.’” The Writing Instructor:
A Networked Journal and Digital Community for Writers and Teachers of Writing, March 2015.
Shumake, Jessica. "Hiding and Seeking Rhetorical Visibility of LGBTQ People at the Smithsonian."
Re/Framing Identifications: Rhetoric Society of America Proceedings, edited by Michelle Ballif,
Waveland Press, 2014, pp. 221–229.
Shumake, Jessica. "Writing for the Public: Argumentation and Imagination." Writing Public Lives:
From Personal Interests to Public Rhetoric. 3rd ed., edited by Chris Minnix and Carol Nowotny-Young.
Hayden-McNeil, 2012, pp. 255–278.
"The Irritation of Doubt and the Possibility of Change: When Inquiry Raises More Questions
Than Answers." Conference on College Composition and Communication. Milwaukee, WI.
"Toward Rhetorical Flexibility: Sustaining Student Attention through Style-Based Pedagogies."
Writing and Well-Being Conference. Tucson, AZ. January 2020.
"Rhetorical Relics Revisited: An Exploration of Methods to Counter Antifeminist Activism Against
the ERA Past and Present." Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference. Harrisonburg, VA.
"Rhetorical Pedagogies: Centering Local Community Perspectives and Considering Indignation
as a Rhetorical Virtue." Conference on Community Writing. Philadelphia, PA. October 2019.
"Inducements to Assessment: (Re)inventing Gay Pulp Fiction Audiences." Rhetoric Society of America
(RSA) Conference. Minneapolis, MN. June 2018.
"Doing the Labor of Rhet-Comp Outside the Field: Technical Literacies and Paths Back Home."
Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). Kansas City, MO. March 2018.
"Publishing Keyword Essays and Reviews with the Community Literacy Journal" Roundtable.
Conference on Community Writing (CCW). University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. October 2017.
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