Jessica Shumake

Assistant Teaching Professor University Writing Program


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

  • "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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