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Emily Wierszewski Ph.D.
Joined Seton Hill
South Lyon, MI
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Emily Wierszewski joined SHU in 2010. Her research is situated at the intersection of multimodality, assessment, and pedagogy, and she is always interested in how multimodal approaches to composition can support first-year students. She recently published an article describing how she uses comics to teach visual rhetoric to upperclassmen in the interdisciplinary comics journal ImageText, and she revised her dissertation research on how teachers assess multimodal texts for a chapter in the stellar online volume Digital Writing Assessment and Evaluation. She primarily teaches first-year writing courses and directs the Undergraduate Writing Program. She loves working with English majors in courses like Linguistics, Writing for the Internet, Writing Poetry, and Media Aesthetics: Word + Image. She thinks graphic novelists like Alison Bechdel and Scott McCloud are geniuses, and she is more than a little obsessed with the wizarding world of Harry Potter.


  • Ph.D. in English/Literacy, Rhetoric, and Social Practice from Kent State University (Kent, OH), 2010
  • M.A. in English/Written Communication from Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti, MI), 2006
  • B.A. in English/Writing from Adrian College (Adrian, MI), 2004


  • Research is about theses instead of discovery. (Forthcoming). D.M. Loewe and C. Ball (Eds.), Bad Ideas About Writing.
  • Finding their voices: Comics and synthesis in first-year research writing. (2016). In J. Purdy and R. McClure (Eds.), The Future Scholar. Information Today.
  • Creating graphic non-fiction in the postsecondary English classroom to develop multimodal literacies. (2014). ImageTexT, 7(2). [More Information]
  • 'Something old, something new’: Evaluative criteria in teachers’ responses to student multimodal texts. (2013). In H. McKee and D. DeVoss (Eds.), Digital Writing Assessment and Evaluation. Computers and Composition Digital Press.


  • Stephen P. Witte Doctoral Fellowship, 2009-2010
  • Council of Writing Program Administrators Research Grant, 2016-2017 [More Information]



  • Multimodality and Disability: Lessons Learned from a Co-Constructive Relationship with a Visually Impaired Student. (2016, July). Panel presentation at the Council of Writing Program Administrators 2016 Conference. Raleigh, NC.
  • Successfully Building a Student-Directed Self-Placement Writing Measure. (2016, June). Interactive session at the Conference of the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AAHLE), Milwaukee, WI.
  • Rhetoric and Lost Marbles: Applying Aristotle to Grasp Graphic Narrative. (2015, November). Comics Panel Presentation at the Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association Annual Conference (PAMLA), Portland, OR.
  • An Experiment in Images: Using Comics to Teach Research Writing. (2015, February). Concurrent session at the Lilly Conference on Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning, Newport Beach, CA.
  • Teaching Visual Rhetoric with the ComicLife App. (2014, November). Concurrent session at the Teaching and Learning with the iPad Conference 2014, Raleigh, NC.
  • Visualizing research for the common good: Engaging first-year students in community-based academic research through comics and infographics. (2013, February). Poster session presented at the Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience, Orlando, FL. (With L. Chambers) [More Information]
  • Using iPads for grammar drills?: Technology and normalcy in Basic Composition. (2013, July). Panel presented at the Writing Program Administrators 2013 Summer Conference, Savannah, GA. (With C. Cusick, L. McClain, & K. Pennesi) [More Information]
  • Creating an assessment community. (2011, July). Panel presented at the Writing Program Administrators 2011 Summer Conference. (With L. Patterson)
  • A readerly eye: Teachers reading student new media work. (2011, April). Paper presented at the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), Atlanta, GA.
  • Teaching remix with ‘R.I.P!’ (2011, April). Roundtable presented at CCCC, Atlanta, GA.