Clemson faculty gather for lunch at the Picture a Scholar event.

What is the Faculty Fellows program?

The Pearce Faculty Fellows program seeks to meet the needs of faculty in departments from across campus who are interested in learning strategies for teaching writing in undergraduate and graduate disciplinary classrooms.

Faculty Fellows are selected for their interest in transforming writing instruction and professional communication on Clemson’s campus. Specifically, Pearce Faculty Fellows seek to enhance efforts to develop more interdisciplinary curricula and to enhance vital areas of graduate and undergraduate education: Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC), Writing In the Disciplines (WID) and Communication Across the Curriculum (CxC).

The Pearce Faculty Fellows program aims to enhance the academic profile of faculty and student research by developing strategies for effective professional communication, with an emphasis on scientific writing and digital and visual communication. The objectives of the program are to increase the visibility, quality and scope of writing on Clemson’s campus, to collaborate with faculty in the teaching of writing and professional communication and to support faculty in the use of technologies for digital and visual communication. To accomplish these objectives, the Pearce Center offers an opportunity to complete a year-long writing- or communication-centered research project.

Apply to be a Faculty Fellow

Interested in becoming a Faculty Fellow? Read more about the responsibilities of the program and fill out the below application.

Apply to be a Faculty Fellow

Faculty Fellows Project Descriptions

Karen High poses in front of a natural background and smiles at the camera.Karen High

Professor: Engineering and Science Education

Dr. High’s plan for her research project centers on several items. As her current educational research focuses on current and future STEM faculty development, her research for the Pearce Faculty Fellows program will focus on areas that help faculty incorporate writing and communication into their curriculum. She particularly plans to focus on helping current and future STEM faculty design communication curriculum that addresses accreditation and general education requirements. Additionally, she will be developing a graduate level course for STEM graduate students that will enhance their communication and critical thinking skills. Part of this course will evolve through the development of a partnership campus-wide cohort/faculty learning community on developing graduate level curriculum in STEM communication.

Carl Blue poses in front of a yellow wall and smiles at the camera.Carl Blue

Associate Professor: Graphic Communications

“TWIG: Technical Writing Initiative in Graphic Communications.” A
twig is a slender, organic shoot growing from a branch or stem of a tree or shrub; a twig is also a small branch of a blood vessel or nerve. In slang, twig means to catch on; you either twig something or just twig, i.e., get wise, understand the statement or situation. Dr. Blue’s project is to develop a concise, supplemental technical writing resource in Canvas for graphic communications majors and instructors (and beyond) based on assembled competencies derived through a Delphi Study of responses from academics and industry professionals. This resource is meant to enlighten and encourage student success in Writing In the Disciplines.

Shanna Hirsch poses in front of a natural background and smiles at the camera.Shanna Hirsch

Associate Professor: Education and Human Development

Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is an innovative tele-mentoring and tele-networking model that was developed by the University of New Mexico Health Science Center. In 2021, Clemson University (PI: Shanna Hirsch) became an ECHO replication partner and conducted a pilot study with local educators. Results indicated participants learned new content but also developed a sense of community. Dr. Hirsch’s goal is to create an ECHO for Clemson faculty and staff in higher education. The focus of the ECHO will be designed to support professional communication to enhance graduate education. For information about Project ECHO, visit

Lesly Temesvari poses in front of a natural background and smiles at the camera.Lesly Temesvari

Alumni Distinguished Professor: Biological Sciences

Dr. Temesvari is collaborating with Tigers ADVANCE to organize a “Picture a Scholar” symposium, which will be held on Clemson’s campus in March 2022. The symposium will highlight women scholars on campus through short talks. There will also be a keynote address by an outside speaker and ample networking opportunities. Dr. Temesvari will also invite and help the symposium speakers create short videos about their scholarship, which will be distributed to middle and high schools.

Lea Jenkins poses in front of a natural background and smiles at the camera.Lea Jenkins

Associate Professor: Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

Increasingly, prospective employers are asking candidates to submit writing samples as part of the interview process. These samples enable employers to differentiate between candidates, and the content can demonstrate the ability of a candidate to grasp difficult concepts and convey information to customers. Dr. Jenkins’ Pearce Faculty Fellows project is to develop effective strategies for teaching Writing In the Disciplines. In particular, the focus of the writing projects is executive summaries, which are an important component of technical reporting requirements. Engineers will be expected to write these summaries quickly; their success will depend, in part, on their ability to use these summaries to communicate a result. Her fellowship term will be spent gathering insight on writing pedagogy and evaluation metrics. She will use this information in real time to create writing assignments, continuously assessing the outcomes with members of the cohort to refine the process for her students. At the end of the term, she will provide insight on ways to incorporate writing as an integral part of mathematics courses in the engineering curriculum.

To learn more about our Faculty Fellows, read about their areas of study and professional careers below.

Faculty Fellow Bios

Guest Speakers

At each of the monthly meetings, Pearce Faculty Fellows host a guest speaker to discuss relevant topics in WAC/WID/CxC. Find more information on our series of speakers below.

Joanna Wolfe smiles at the camera and poses in front of a large bookshelf. Dr. Joanna Wolfe is a professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research focuses on equity and communication, technical communication and Writing In the Disciplines. Her research has received awards from several distinguished organizations, including National Council of Teachers of English, the American Association of Engineering Educators, the IEEE Professional Communication Society and the Association for Computing Machinery.

Kathleen Yancey poses for a professional headshot in front of a light brown backdrop. Dr. Kathleen Yancey is the Kellogg W. Hunt Professor of English and Distinguished Research Professor at Florida State University. Yancey co-founded and is co-editor of the journal Assessing Writing, a refereed international journal providing a forum for ideas, research and practice on the assessment of written language. She also served as editor of College Composition and Communication, the flagship journal in the field. Her research spans several areas, including students’ transfer of writing knowledge and practice and the intersections of culture, literacy and technologies.

Chris Basgier smiles at the camera and poses in front of a brick wall. Dr. Christopher Basgier is the Director of University Writing at Auburn University. Since joining the faculty at Auburn, he has designed and implemented a variety of faculty development programs aimed at creating more meaningful writing assignments across the disciplines. In addition to these efforts, Basgier serves as an associate editor on the “Across the Disciplines Books” series, which publishes scholarship relevant to Writing Across the Curriculum, Writing In the Disciplines and interdisciplinary communication.

Alice Horning sits at a dinner table at a banquet and looks off camera with a smile. Dr. Alice Horning began teaching at Oakland University in 1982 where she taught English and linguistics until her retirement in 2016. She also served as the director of first-year composition for 10 years and helped secure the funding for Oakland University’s writing center, which is still serving students today. Her research is focused on the intersection of reading and writing, concentrating on students’ reading difficulties and how to address them in writing courses and across the disciplines.

Laura Palmer poses for a professional headshot in front of a yellow backdrop. Dr. Laura Palmer is a professor and chair of the Department of Technical Communication and Interactive Design at Kennesaw State University. She began her career working in publication design and production. She then decided to pursue her master’s and Ph.D. in technical communication before joining the faculty at Southern Polytechnic State University (now Kennesaw State University). Palmer seeks to reignite interest in technical communication and show a new generation that the field offers a number of exciting career paths. Currently, her research focuses on re-envisioning the technical editing class, roles for technical communicators in SEO and analytics, and the emerging use of blockchain for search marketing.


Chris Anson smiles at the camera and poses in front of several colorful buildings. Dr. Chris Anson is a distinguished university professor and professor of English at North Carolina State University. He also serves as the director of the campus writing and speaking program where he works with faculty across all disciplines to improve undergraduate education in both spoken and written communication. Anson has published 18 books and over 140 journal articles focusing on teaching and learning writing. He is also a member of several distinguished journals’ editorial or reader’s boards, including College English and Across the Disciplines. His most recent work is a co-edited collection of essays entitled “Writing-Enriched Curricula: Models of Faculty-Driven and Departmental Transformation.”