Alison Walker-Stromdahl, M.A.

Lecturer

Specialty: Literature, Rhetoric, Composition

Walker-Stromdahl, Alison

Contact information

Dept: Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Room: BHS 105A
Phone: 253-692-4937
Email: alisonws@u.washington.edu
Schedule: Autumn 2013 office hours: 7:15-8:00 a.m. and 12:45-1:30 p.m.

Degrees

  • M.A., English-Literature, Ohio University, 2010.
  • M.A., Medieval Studies-Literature, History, and Latin, University of Toronto, 2006.
  • B.A., English and History, Ohio University, 2004.

Biography

I am a member of the CORE program. I teach courses in Interdisciplinary, Academic, and Discourse Writing. I have been teaching college level English, Composition, and Literature since 2008. I taught at Ohio University from 2008-2010 and at Green River Community College and Bates Technical College from 2010-2013. Teaching at all three schools has given me the opportunity to work with a diverse student body that has been educational, challenging, and inspiring. These experiences brought me to UWT in 2013.

My teaching and scholarship focus on writing as an adaptable and learnable process. My courses emphasize that learning is a process that happens through shared knowledge and experiences. Any moment is an educational moment and anyone can be a teacher and a student at any given time. When students begin realizing this, their confidence and success as a student increases measurably.

My research interests are in Tales (fairytales, folktales, and nursery rhymes) as Pedagogical Vehicles, the Writing Process, Dialect as Marginalizing and/or Spectacle, and Educational Criticism (the ways in which students react and, in turn, respond to academic criticism).

Research

Over the past few years I have been conducting an empirical study focusing on the student writing process and how understanding writing as a process and identifying one's own writing process can help create not only better writing students but better college students across the curriculum. As a part of the CORE Writing program, I am now taking part in a study that is tracing student progress with regard to writing over a student's journey through TCORE 100, TCORE 101, and/or TWRT 111. Both projects focus on metacognition, interdisciplinary understanding, academic discourse, and writing.

This project is not simply focused on writing within one area but within college as a whole. It looks at ways teachers can alter and improve teaching techniques to not only create effective and engaged writers but also effective and engaged thinkers, students. It is a holistic approach to teaching on the part of the instructor and a holistic approach to learning on the part of the student.

Teaching

We live in a world of easily accessible facts that deceivingly make us feel as though we are always learning. Education is not simply being told answers and memorizing them; it is about seeking out knowledge and thinking critically. My goal as a teacher is to help students question and seek out knowledge through the act of learning. Many students do not realize that skills are learned, not gifted. I want them to understand that learning is a process as opposed to isolated acts. This helps empower students and gives them a sense of ownership in their education, engaging students of all levels and from all backgrounds. While the idea of a process remains consistent, the learning, reading, and writing processes I help students develop are completely unique to that student and to his or her life, educational backgrounds, and learning habits. To do this, I focus on designing my curriculum and lesson plans toward a diverse population, not only with regard to skill level but also with regard to race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and class.

My current teaching includes but is not limited to Academic, Interdisciplinary, and Discourse Writing. I am currently teaching the following courses:

  • TCORE 100: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Study
  • TCORE 101: Introduction to Academic Writing
  • TWRT 111: Discourse Foundations

Selected Publications

  • Walker, A. (2010). The Cycling and Recycling of the Arthurian Myth in Alfred Lord Tennyson's Idylls of the King. (Electronic Masters thesis). Retrieved from https://etd.ohiolink.edu/

Affiliations

  • Member of National Council of Teachers of English
  • Member of Conferences in Composition and Communication

Professional Service

I strongly believe the sharing of ideas among academic professionals is crucial to pedagogical advancement; as such, I try to participate in many of the local conferences and meetings.

  • (2013). The Academic Agora: Education through Understanding the Self. Assessment, Teaching, and Learning Conference, Spokane WA.
  • (2012). Addressing the Challenges for International Students in a Writing Center. Two Year College Association Conference, Highline WA

New to UWT, I look forward to becoming a more active service member and part of its community in the near future.

Honors and Awards

  • Awarded Outstanding Graduate Masters Thesis Award in English Literature, Ohio University, 2010