Beth Godbee


Assistant Professor

I entered the field of composition and rhetoric as an undergraduate peer tutor in my college’s writing center. My early tutoring experiences were formative in developing both my research interests and teaching methods, which enact the collaborative writing talk and affiliative relationship-building characteristic of writing centers and community literacy programs (and of tutoring and peer mentoring, more broadly).

Today I study one-with-one writing talk, which takes place regularly in schools, workplaces, homes, and community sites. I am interested in the potential of this talk (and the relationship-building, writing, revision, and rethinking involved) to bring about more equitable relations. I use applied conversation analysis (CA) to study in-the-moment interactions and take a mixed-method approach, tracing evolutions over time. I ask: When and how do writers assert their right to speak? How do writers negotiate power relations with imagined/intended audiences? How can writing and writing relationships contribute to a more racially and socially just world?

Much of my work—my research, teaching, professional service, and community involvement—is motivated by my commitment to equity in education. In my classroom teaching, this commitment manifests in undergraduate research and community-based learning. With students, I seek to understand the power of writing to facilitate personal and social transformations for writers and their communities.

To read some of Beth Godbee’s scholarship, preview her SelectedWorks page here.

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Spring 2018

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Spring 2018

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English Department

Marquette University, Marquette Hall 115 (campus map)
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
(414) 288-7179
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