Chair and Associate Professor, Rhetoric and Communication Studies
Dr. Holiday is an associate professor in and chair of the Department of Rhetoric and Communication Studies at University of La Verne.
Her/their research interests focus primarily on postmodern ethics and can be divided into two categories: ethics in the teaching of writing and the politics of difference. She has published articles in Rhetoric Review and Composition Forum and has contributed book chapters to Decolonial Conversations in Posthuman and New Materialist Rhetorics; The WPA Outcomes Statement—A Decade Later; Serendipity in Rhetoric, Writing, and Literacy Research; What We Wish We’d Known: Negotiating Graduate School; and Reinventing (with) Theory in Rhetoric and Writing Studies (the latter two of which she co-edited). Having been perplexed and troubled throughout life by a violence-filled world, they are currently working on a book that analyzes intrapersonal, interpersonal, and group violence as interrelated aspects of the larger culture and that depicts violence as a learned cultural construct in which we all take a part.
With a Master’s of Composition from California State University, San Bernardino (2006: dual concentration of Writing Studies and TESL) and a Ph.D. in English from Arizona State University (2012: Rhetoric, Composition and Linguistics Program) accompanied by a Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies (2011) from Arizona State, she uses that background to inform her teaching at University of La Verne.
Ph.D. English (2012)
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
- Primary Area: Rhetoric and Composition
- Secondary Areas: Contemporary Rhetorical Theory, Difference Studies, Feminist Historiography
- Dissertation: Reframing the Problem of Difference: Lillian Smith and Hierarchical Politics of Difference
- Committee: Maureen Daly Goggin (chair), Elenore Long, and Keith Miller
- Examinations (Portfolio and Comprehensive) with distinction (2009)
Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies (2011)
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
M.A. English Composition
California State University (May 2006), San Bernardino, CA
- Dual Concentration: TESL and Composition
- Thesis: Evolving Outcomes of the WPA Outcomes Statement
- Kellie Rayburn Memorial Award, honorable mention
- Reinventing (with) Theory in Rhetoric and Writing Studies: Essays in Honor of Sharon Crowley. Co-edited with Ryan Skinnell, Kendall Gerdes, Andrea Alden, Utah State UP, 2019.
- What We Wish We’d Known: Negotiating Graduate School. Co-edited with Ryan Skinnell and Christine Vasset. Fountainhead Press, X Series for Professional Development, 2015.
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
- “Forty Years and More: Reminiscences with Sharon Crowley.” Co-edited with Ryan Skinnell, Andrea Alden, and Kendall Gerdes. Composition Forum (Winter 2017).
- “In[ter]vention: Locating Rhetoric’s Ethos.” Rhetoric Review, vol. 28, no. 4, Spring 2009, pp. 388-405.
- “Wise and Timely Counsel: The Evolving Legacy of Lillian Smith.” Peitho: A Journal of the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric. (Revise and resubmit)
Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters
- “Top Down, Bottom Up: Ecological Restoration, Rhetorical Resistance, and Decolonization.” Decolonial Conversations in Posthuman and New Materialist Rhetorics. Edited by David Grant and Jennifer Clary-Lemon. Utah State UP, 2022.
- “A Brief Etiology of Violence: The Logic of Identity and the Metaphysics of Presence.” JSTOR Companion to the Schomburg Center’s Black Liberation Reading List, February 2021-February 2022. https://daily.jstor.org/schomburg-list/
- “A Brief Etiology of Violence: The Logic of Identity and the Metaphysics of Presence.” Reinventing (with) Theory in Rhetoric and Writing Studies: Essays in Honor of Sharon Crowley. Co-edited with Ryan Skinnell, Kendall Gerdes, Andrea Alden, 2019.
- “Coordinating Chaos and Befriending a Fuzzy Focus: Reflections of a Serendipitist.” Serendipity in Rhetoric, Writing, and Literacy Research. Ed. Maureen Daly Goggin and Peter Goggin. Utah State UP, 2018.
- “Fostering Inclusive Dialogue in Emergent University-Community Partnerships: Setting the Stage for Intercultural Inquiry.” Crossing Borders, Drawing Boundaries. Co-authored with Elenore Long, Jennifer Clifton, and Andrea Alden. Ed. Barbara Couture and Patti Wojahn. Utah State UP, 2016, pp. 227-253.
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