Keynote Speakers

Art Young

Writing, Learning, Collaboration: A Tale of Two Universities”

Art Young smiles at the camera and poses in front of a beige background.Art Young is the Robert S. Campbell Chair and professor emeritus of English at Clemson University, where he founded and coordinated Clemson’s award-winning communication across the curriculum program (1989-2009). In March 2002, Young received the Exemplar Award from the Conference on College Composition and Communication for outstanding achievement in teaching, research and service. Formerly, he was professor and head of the Department of Humanities at Michigan Technological University (1971-1987), where he joined with colleagues to create a nationally recognized writing across the curriculum program (1977-1987). In 1996, Michigan Tech awarded him an honorary Doctor of Sciences and Arts degree for his contributions to WAC locally and nationally. He is the author of numerous book chapters, articles and reviews and is the co-editor of seven books on WAC. He has served as a consultant on WAC to more than 70 colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad.

Kathleen Yancey

“Tracing WAC’s Braided Trajectory: Community, Practice, Research, and Theory”

Kathleen Yancey smiles at the camera and poses in front of a red and white wall.Kathleen Blake Yancey, Kellogg W. Hunt Professor of English and Distinguished Research Professor Emerita at Florida State University, has served as president or chair of several scholarly organizations: the National Council of Teachers of English, the Conference on College Composition and Communication, the Council of Writing Program Administrators and the South Atlantic Modern Language Association. Co-founder of Assessing Writing, she is a past editor of College Composition and Communication, and she has also guest edited several journal issues, including for Across the Disciplines. Author or co-editor of 16 scholarly books — among them “Assessing Writing across the Curriculum: Diverse Methods and Practices” and “Writing Across Contexts: Transfer, Composition, and Sites of Writing” — she has authored over 100 articles and book chapters, often with colleagues. Her awards include the Purdue Distinguished Woman Scholar Award, the CCCC Research Impact Award, the FSU Graduate Teaching Award, the CCCC Exemplar Award and the NCTE Squire Award.

Julia Chen

Directions for English Across the Curriculum: Lessons from WAC”

Julia Chen smiles at the camera and poses in front of a blue background.Julia Chen is the director of the Educational Development Centre at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and courtesy associate professor at the Department of English and Communication. Her research interests include English across the curriculum, leveraging technology for education and using learning analytics for quality enhancement. She is the principal investigator of several joint-university projects on EAC and using technology for literacy development. Chen is deeply honored to be selected as a Distinguished Fellow of the Association for Writing Across the Curriculum. She is also a two-time recipient of her university’s top award for excellent performance and a Principal Fellow of Advance HE. The inter-institutional EAC team that she leads received the competitive 2022 Hong Kong University Grants Committee Teaching Award (collaborative team category). Chen was the organizer of three international EAC conferences in 2015, 2018 and 2021 and looks forward to welcoming WAC scholars to the next.

Ligia Mihut

Linguistic Justice: Rights, Policies, and Practices from a Transnational Perspective”

Ligia Mihut smiles at the camers and poses in front of a blue background.Ligia A. Mihut (mee-hootz) is an associate professor of English at Barry University where she teaches first-year composition and multimedia writing courses. Mihut received her Ph.D. in English with a specialization in writing studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her areas of research include immigrant literacies/rhetorics, linguistic justice and transnationalism. Drawing on two years of ethnographic research, Mihut is currently working on a book, “Immigrants, Brokers, and Literacy as Affinity,” exploring literacy’s entanglement in networks of economic and political frames. As the recipient of the 2015-2016 CCCC Research Initiative Award (with Alvarez, Khadka and Sharma), she is also involved in a comparative study of writing practices in four different countries: Romania, Nepal, India and Colombia. Her work has been published in CCC, Literacy in Composition Studies, Reflections and several edited collections.