Allison (she/her/hers) is a PhD candidate in the Department of English and the Center for Writing Studies.
I was born and raised in Ohio, where I completed my undergraduate coursework at Denison University, a small liberal arts college. After graduating from Denison with a B.A. in English Literature, I worked in higher education administration before beginning my graduate studies at the University of Illinois. Working in the writing center during my college years ignited my interest in writing studies, and I've continued this writing center engagement via the Writers Workshop at Illinois, where I've worked as a graduate consultant, researcher, and Assistant Director. Throughout my time at Illinois, I've taught introductory and advanced composition courses in living-learning communities and online, served as an Assistant Director of the Undergraduate Rhetoric Program, and worked with ePortfolios in the university's pilot general education initiative, the Grand Challenge Learning program. These diverse teaching and administrative experiences combined to inform my dissertation research currently underway, From Dorm Room to Classroom: Writing Center and Writing Program Partnerships with Residence Halls. My dissertation puts into conversation writing studies and higher education research and gives voice to the students, instructors, and administrators who engage in these cross-curricular partnerships.
- Writing center theory, practice, and administration
- Writing in college residence halls
- Writing program administration
- Composition studies
- MA, English (Writing Studies), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2016
- BA, English Literature, Denison University, 2011
- Dissertation Course Release Fellowship, 2019-2021
- English Department Summer Research Grant, 2019
Awards and Honors
- Rhetoric Program Award for Excellence in Writing Instruction, 2019
- English Dept. Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2019
- List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Summer, 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019
- Rhetoric 233 (Advanced Composition): Themed course titled, "Consuming Arguments Around Food"
- Rhetoric 105 (Writing and Research): Taught sections in living-learning community and online settings, as well as traditional classroom settings
Additional Campus Affiliations
Wisniewski, Carolyn, María Paz Carvajal Regidor, Lisa Chason, Evin Groundwater, Allison Kranek, Dorothy Mayne, and Logan Middleton. “Questioning Assumptions about Online Tutoring: Findings from a Mixed-Method Study of Face-to-Face and Synchronous Online Writing Center Tutorials.” The Writing Center Journal. (Forthcoming).