Shannon Carter:

I am an associate professor of English and co-director of the Converging Literacies Center (CLiC). My research interests include prison literacy and potential applications of New Literacy Studies and activity theory to writing center work and the basic writing classroom. Other, related interests include conservative rhetoric and academic labor. My book, The Way Literacy Lives: Rhetorical Dexterity and Basic Writing Instruction, was published in 2008 with SUNY Press.

Tabetha Adkins:

I am an assistant professor of English at Texas A&M University-Commerce where I direct the writing program and co-direct the Converging Literacies Center (CLiC). My research focuses on literacy studies, and I teach courses in research and pedagogy.

Donna Dunbar-Odom:

I serve as professor and head of the department of Literature and Languages at Texas A&M University- Commerce. My research focus is composition and literacy studies—specifically literacy acquisition and the working-class student, but I also teach literary theory and pedagogy courses. I have directed dissertations on film and composition, basic writing theory, neo-expressivist composition theory, and teaching writing in the two-year college, among others.

Special Thanks:

Special Thanks to Luca Morazzano and Michael Lewandowski for their help with some of the technical elements of the article. We are also grateful to Kris Blair, Dickie Selfe and the anonymous reader who all provided very good feedback to the first draft.