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Bruce Horner is the Endowed Chair in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Louisville, where he teaches courses in composition, composition theory and pedagogy, and literacy studies.  His books include Terms of Work for Composition: A Materialist Critique, Representing the "Other": Basic Writers and the Teaching of Basic Writing, co-authored with Min-Zhan Lu, and Cross-language Relations in Composition, co-edited with Min-Zhan Lu and Paul Kei Matsuda and winner of the 2012 CCCC Outstanding Book Award.  He has been an active member of NCTE/CCCC since 1986.


Mya Poe is assistant professor of English at Northeastern University. Her research focuses on writing assessment, diversity, and writing in the disciplines. Previously, as Director of Technical Communication at MIT she worked with faculty and students across the Institute for 10 years to develop one of the leading writing-across-the-curriculum programs in the U.S.

She is co-author of Learning to Communicate in Science and Engineering: Case Studies From MIT, which won the CCCC 2012 Advancement of Knowledge Award. She is also co-editor of Race and Writing Assessment, which won the 2014 CCCC Outstanding Book of the Year for edited collections. Most recently, she guest edited a special issue of Research in the Teaching of English on diversity and international writing assessment. Currently, she is working on a book entitled The Consequences of Writing Assessment, which brings together quantitative and qualitative methods to understand the effects of assessment on student writing development.

In her less than copious free-time, she works on her New England saltbox “project house,” rides her aging dressage horse (a wise investment from graduate school days), and attempts to be a good mother/wife/(fill in all desired additional roles here) to her husband and three-year old daughter. She's been a NCTE member since 1997.

Dr. R. Joseph Rodriguez

R. Joseph Rodríguez is an assistant professor in the Department of English at The University of Texas at El Paso, located on the border across from Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México.  He is a former English and Spanish language arts teacher.
In 1997, Joseph joined the National Council of Teachers of English to support his professional learning.  His research has been published in English Journal, English Leadership Quarterly, and SIGNAL Journal, among other periodicals.  Book chapters appear in Generation BULLIED 2.0: Prevention and Intervention Strategies for Our Most Vulnerable Students (Peter Lang, 2013) and The Critical Merits of Young Adult Literature: Coming of Age (Routledge, 2014). Additional research projects are in development or press for publication in journals and edited books as well as a book manuscript tentatively titled Escribe, E-Scribe: Writing the Literacy Lives of U.S.-Latina and Latino Adolescents (Sense Publishers, 2015).
Joseph’s research interests include young adult literature, multimodal literacy, and academic writing.  He enjoys writing, storytelling, cooking, traveling, hiking, and kayaking.  He is a caregiver to three cantankerous canines.


Jeff SommersJeff Sommers is an associate professor English at West Chester University in Pennsylvania (2008-) and a Professor Emeritus at Miami University (1981-2008).  He is currently editor of the NCTE journal Teaching English in the Two-Year College and a former NCTE essay winner as a high school student in the analogue days of the 1960s.

Jeff attended his first CCCC in 1984 in Detroit if memory serves and joined NCTE at that time.  His primary affiliation in the organization, however, is as a member of the Two-Year College English Association (TYCA).   Prior to joining the faculty at Miami University, he was an instructor at Allegany Community College in Maryland where he began his lifelong commitment to two-year education.

Jeff’s research interests are composition pedagogy, reflection in writing, response to student writing, and writing assessment.  Married to a college professor, father to two college professors and a PhD candidate, Jeff is an avid theatre-goer in Philadelphia and New York and a life-long NY Yankee fan, thanks to his family’s roots in the Bronx.


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