Jessica Shumake

Assistant Teaching Professor


B.A., Christopher Newport University
M.A., University of Windsor
Ph.D., University of Arizona


Jessica Shumake's research interests include community literacy, archival research methods, and university-community partnerships. Her teaching is energized by meaningful writing partnerships with community organizations and local schools. She has been involved with the teaching of argument writing in cross-level collaborative writing exchanges since 2011. She is the book review and new media editor for the Community Literacy Journal.

Scholarly Work

Recent Writing

Recent Talks

  • “Compassionate or Cruel? Configuring Zones of Optimism in Post-COVID First-Year Writing.” Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). Chicago, IL. March 2022.
  • “Reflections on Reframing Students’ Fear of Missing Out: The Role of Writing Teachers as Transitional Audience Members.” Conference on Community Writing (CCW). Washington, DC. October 2021.
  • "The Irritation of Doubt and the Possibility of Change: When Inquiry Raises More Questions Than Answers." Conference on College Composition and Communication. Milwaukee, WI. March 2020.
  • "Toward Rhetorical Flexibility: Sustaining Student Attention through Style-Based Pedagogies." Writing and Well-Being Conference. Tucson, AZ. January 2020.
  • "Rhetorical Relics Revisited: An Exploration of Methods to Counter Antifeminist Activism Against the ERA Past and Present." Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference. Harrisonburg, VA. November 2019.
  • "Rhetorical Pedagogies: Centering Local Community Perspectives and Considering Indignation as a Rhetorical Virtue." Conference on Community Writing. Philadelphia, PA. October 2019.
  • "Inducements to Assessment: (Re)inventing Gay Pulp Fiction Audiences." Rhetoric Society of America (RSA) Conference. Minneapolis, MN. June 2018.
  • "Doing the Labor of Rhet-Comp Outside the Field: Technical Literacies and Paths Back Home." Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). Kansas City, MO. March 2018.
  • "Publishing Keyword Essays and Reviews with the Community Literacy Journal" Roundtable. Conference on Community Writing (CCW). University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. October 2017.

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