Zachary Beare

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Assistant Professor

Biography

My work in the field of Composition and Rhetoric has included upper and lower-division teaching experiences at multiple post-secondary institutions, one-with-one instructional experiences in writing centers, and both writing program and writing center administration.

My research investigates rhetorical practices and sites of rhetorical activity that are overlooked and/or undervalued. Most recently, my work has focused on how Composition and Rhetoric specialists "story" the discipline—how they compose narratives about the field, their teaching, their students, and their research—in public digital spaces and other non-traditional sites of disciplinary knowledge-making.

Teaching and Research Interests

At NCSU, I have the incredible pleasure of serving as the Associate Director of First-Year Writing. I love the work of mentoring and supporting new teachers of writing. Much of my current research and teaching centers on the work of Writing Program Administration and teacher development. 

Additionally, I frequently am engaged in projects which examine rhetorical practices and sites of rhetorical activity that are overlooked and/or undervalued. I see my scholarly projects as working in the tradition of queer and feminist scholarship focused on uncovering (or recovering) the values, possibilities, and disruptive potentials of ignored or illegitimated cultural practices.  As part of this broader critical project, my work investigates the ways in which unrecognized and/or under-theorized rhetorical activity might aid us in better contextualizing the work and history of the field, might inform or help us better understand political and activist movements, and might allow more (or more diverse) voices to be heard in both disciplinary and extra-disciplinary conversations.

 

Education

  • Ph.D. in English-Composition and Rhetoric from University of Nebraska, 2017
  • M.A. in English Studies from Western Washington University, 2010
  • B.A. in English-Literature from Western Washington University, 2008