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Knowlton, Ginger H

Teaching Associate Professor


Research Areas research areas


research overview

  • I hope that some of my research can unearth a sort of dialectic between ecocomposition and travel studies, particularly through an examination of the veil through which first-world travelers tend to gaze upon third-world cultures. I've begun research in the fields (no pun intended) of garden rhetorics and the attendant rhetorics of social justice. A related, and particularly fecund, field that I wish to investigate is the range where the rhetoric of geography/ecology and travel studies will intersect: creative nonfiction. As ever, I'm very taken with creative writing, in varied form: prose poem, haiku, creative nonfiction, fiction. Finally, and most importantly, I hope to continue to investigate ways to incorporate emotional intelligence/secular mindfulness practice in the curriculum as listed here as well as in university-level models - in particular, I'm studying interdisciplinary approaches to mindfulness and emotional agility.


  • Rhetoric, composition, literary studies, poetry, creative nonfiction, visual rhetoric, visual arts, travel studies, ecocomposition, ecopoetics, writing, cultural geography, environmental studies, emotional intelligence and secular mindfulness studies


courses taught

  • WRTG 1150 - First-Year Writing and Rhetoric
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022
    Rhetorically informed introduction to college writing. Focuses on critical analysis, argument, inquiry and information literacy. Taught as a writing workshop, the course places a premium on invention, drafting and thoughtful revision. For placement criteria, see the arts and sciences advising office. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • WRTG 2020 - Introduction to Creative Nonfiction
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Explores from both the reader's and writer's perspectives the forms of creative nonfiction, including personal essay and memoir. Students will read and write extensively within this genre, develop skill in revision and peer critique and learn how to submit work for publication. Does not fulfill core requirements. Department enforced prerequisite: WRTG 1150 or equivalent (completion of lower-division writing requirement).
  • WRTG 3020 - Topics in Writing
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022
    Through sustained inquiry into a selected topic or issue, students will practice advanced forms of academic writing. Emphasizes analysis, criticism and argument. Taught as a writing workshop, places a premium on substantive, thoughtful revision. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Department enforced prerequisite: WRTG 1150 or equivalent (completion of lower-division writing requirement).