Joanna Lin Want

Associate Teaching Professor


B.A., English, Indiana University
M.F.A., Creative Writing, Indiana University
Ph.D., English and Education, University of Michigan


Professor Want's interest in education began in southwest Detroit where she served as a Jesuit Volunteer in the role of educational advocate at Our Lady of Guadalupe Middle School for Girls. The personal and professional relationships she developed there with fellow teachers and students impressed upon her the relational nature of teaching and learning, a theme that she continues to contemplate in her research today. Her scholarship focuses on the voices and experiences of military students (veterans and active military) in their college composition courses and considers how their insights might contribute to the development of postsecondary writing pedagogy. Her academic interests include composition and creative writing pedagogy, rhetorical genre studies, veteran studies, and the practice of hospitality in educational contexts.

Scholarly Work

  • "Putting Policy Into Practice: Teaching Writing Across the Military-Civilian Divide," Conference on College Composition and Communication, Kansas City, MO. March 2018.
  • "Making MLK Day and the College Composition Classroom Co-Curricular in the Era of Black Lives Matter and Charlottesville," Writing Innovation Symposium, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI. February 2018.
  • “What We Learn From Veterans: Best Practices for Diverse Writers in Diverse Contexts,” Conferences on College Composition and Communication Midwest, Cincinnati, OH, June 2017.
  • “Hospitable Course Design and Student Diversity: Reading and Writing about War in the First-Year Composition Classroom,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Tampa, FL, March 2015.
  • “Open Access Through Pedagogical Hospitality: What Unique Insights Can Student Veterans Offer?” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Indianapolis, IN, March 2014.
  • “Navigating Difference, Creating Connection Among ‘Peers’: A Pilot Study of Student Veterans’ Experiences in College Writing Classrooms,” Writing Program Administrators (WPA) Conference, Albuquerque, NM, July 2012.
  • “Listen to Strangers: A Response to Dale Jacobs’ ‘The Audacity of Hospitality,’” JAC, Volume 31, Number 1-2, 2011. 241-248.
  • “Beyond ‘Training for Grading’: Fostering More Hospitable Classroom Relationships Through Our Assessment Practices,” Writing Program Administrators (WPA) Conference, Baton Rouge, LA, July 2011.
  • “Are We Blogging Yet?: Building Students’ Genre Awareness Through Classroom Blogs,” Computers and Writing Conference, Ann Arbor, MI, May 2011.
  • “Fostering Meta-awareness and Bridging Assignments Through Reflection,” National Council of Teachers of English Conference, Orlando, FL, November 2010.
  • “Inviting Transfer: Exploring New Media Composition,” Computers and Writing Conference, West Lafayette, IN, May 2010.
  • “From Soldier to Student: Addressing the Needs of Returning Student Veterans,” Michigan Writing Centers Association Bright Ideas Conference, Livonia, MI, October 2008.
  • “Engineering Your Resume: Resume Writing As Focused Outreach” Michigan Writing Centers Association Bright Ideas Conference, Livonia, MI, October 2008.
  • “Listening and Responding to the Needs of Returning Adult Students,” Michigan Tutorial Association Connections Conference, Muskegon, MI, October 2007.

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