On this page you’ll find web-ready CV, with anchor links that lead to different sections of text.
- Faculty Appointments
- Education & Interests
- Honors & Awards
- Teaching Experience
- Administrative & Other Academic Experience
- Conference Activity
- Technology Skills
- Professional Memberships
Assistant Professor in Professional and Technical Writing, Department of English and Comparative Literature, San José State University, San José, CA, 2018-present
Ph.D. in English, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, 2018
Specialization: Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy
Dissertation: “The Challenge of Anonymous and Ephemeral Social Media: Reflective Research Methodologies & Student-User Composing Practices”
Committee: Adam R. Pope (chair), David A. Jolliffe, Patrick J. Slattery
Graduate Certificate in Technical Writing and Public Rhetorics, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, 2018
M.A. in Literature and Language, with Distinction, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee, 2013
B.A. in English, Valedictorian, Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, TN, 2011
TEACHING AND RESEARCH INTERESTS
Social Media Pedagogies and Methodologies, Technical and Professional Communication, New Media Studies, Digital Rhetoric and Literacies, Composition Studies, Rhetoric, Rural Literacies and Place-Based Pedagogies
West, Sara, & Pope, Adam R. (2018). Corporate Kairos and the Impossibility of the Anonymous, Ephemeral Messaging Dream. Present Tense Journal 6(3), Special Issue on The Rhetorics of Platforms. Retrieved from http://www.presenttensejournal.org/volume-6/corporate-kairos-and-the-impossibility-of-the-anonymous-ephemeral-messaging-dream/
West, Sara. (2017). Confronting Negative Narratives: Challenges of Teaching Professional Social Media Usage. Business and Professional Communication Quarterly, 80(4), 409-425
West, Sara. (2016). Yik Yak and the Knowledge Community. Communication Design Quarterly, 4(2B), 11-21
West, Sara. (2018). Back to the future? Reflections on digital infrastructures. Blog Carnival: Discerning Digital Futures. Eds. Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative. Retrieved from https://www.digitalrhetoriccollaborative.org/2018/10/02/back-to-the-future-reflections-on-digital-infrastructures/
Other Publications (Non-Refereed)
West, Sara. (2017). S-Town and the Discomfort of Multimodality. In Digital Rhetorical Collaborative. Retrieved from http://www.digitalrhetoriccollaborative.org/2017/07/28/s-town-the-discomfort-of-multimodality/
West, Sara, and Dieterle, Brandy. (2016). Pokémon Go and Collaborative Gameplay. In Digital Rhetoric Collaborative. Retrieved from http://www.digitalrhetoriccollaborative.org/2016/10/29/pokemon-go-collaborative-gameplay/
HONORS, AWARDS, & GRANTS
New Faculty Jump Start Professional Development Grant ($500), Office of the Provost, San Jose State University, 2019
Dean’s Professional Development Grant , College of Humanities and the Arts, San Jose State University, Academic Year 2018-2019
Central Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (RSCA) Grant, San José State University, 2018
Computers and Writing Travel Grant, Computers and Writing/Graduate Research Network Travel Awards Committee, 2017
Nominee, J. Hillman Yowell Award for Excellence in Teaching, Fulbright College, University of Arkansas, 2017
Graduate Fellowship, Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative, 2016-2017
Larry Guinn Endowed Award for Academic Achievement in Rhetoric, Literacy, Composition and/or Linguistics, University of Arkansas, 2016
Doctoral Academy Fellowship, University of Arkansas
John D. Allen Award for Outstanding Graduate Student in English, East Tennessee State University, 2012-2013
For more information on each of the courses I’ve taught, please see my teaching experience page.
Assistant Professor, San José State University, 2018-present
- English 129: Introduction to Career Writing (Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019)
- English 106: Editing for Writers (Spring 2019, Fall 2019)
- English 100WB: Written Communications, Business (Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019)
Senior Graduate Teaching Assistant (Instructor of Record), University of Arkansas
(* = Developed curriculum)
- English 3053: Technical and Report Writing (Spring 2018—2 sections)
- *English 2003: Advanced Composition, Multimodal Focus (Fall 2017—2 sections)
- English 3035: Technical and Report Writing (Spring 2017—1 section)
- English 1033: Technical Composition 2 (Fall 2016—1 section)
- *English 1023S: Writing for Social Media (Spring 2016—2 sections)
- English 2003: Advanced Composition (Fall 2015—2 sections)
- *English 1023S: Writing about Online Writing (Spring 2015—1 section)
- English 1023: Composition II (Spring 2014—2 sections)
- English 1013: Composition I (Fall 2013—2 sections, Fall 2014—1 section)
Graduate Teaching Assistant (Instructor of Record), East Tennessee State University
- English 1020: Critical Thinking and Argumentation (Spring 2013—2 sections)
- English 1010: Critical Reading and Expository Writing (Fall 2012—2 sections)
Curriculum Development for Program in Professional and Technical Writing, Department of English and Comparative Literature, San José State University (Fall 2018-present)
Work closely with the Director of Professional and Technical Writing Program to assess and revise curriculum. Created new course in content writing and strategy, accepted by curriculum committee in Fall 2019.
Curriculum Development for Social Media Unit, English 5523: Technical Writing for Online Audiences (Online), Graduate Certificate in Technical Writing and Public Rhetorics, University of Arkansas (Fall 2016)
Created a 4-week graduate unit on writing for social media. Created all unit content, including weekly video lessons, reading lists, reading responses, and major assignment.
Program in Rhetoric and Composition Support Team Member, University of Arkansas (2015-2016)
Acted in volunteer support capacity to the Writing Program Administrator in responsibilities of the Program in Rhetoric and Composition. Participated in one-on-one mentoring sessions regarding curriculum development, budgeting, staffing, and other WPA duties.
Teaching Support Coordinator, Program in Rhetoric and Composition, University of Arkansas (Fall 2014-Spring 2015)
Researched, developed, and maintained a SharePoint site to house writing program documents for Program in Rhetoric and Composition and the Writing Program Administrator. Monitored and maintained English Department Tech Support Center.
Assistant Director, Mountain Heritage Literary Festival & Cumberland Gap Writer’s Studio, Lincoln Memorial University (2012, 2013, 2014, 2016)
Worked with directors to plan, organize, and host an annual writing festival of over 100 participants. Managed teams of Summer Arts Interns.
OTHER ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE
Graduate Writing Tutor, CLASS+ Writing Center, University of Arkansas, August 2014-May 2017
Grant Writing & Consulting Group, University of Arkansas, August 2014-May 2018
ARCARE/East Arkansas Literacy Outreach Project Assistant, Brown Chair in English Literacy, University of Arkansas, directed by David A. Jolliffe, Fall 2013
Counselor, Appalachian Young Writers’ Workshop, Lincoln Memorial University, 2012, 2013
Counselor, Tennessee Young Writers’ Workshop, Austin Peay State University, 2011, 2012, 2013
Graduate Writing Tutor, Center for Academic Achievement, East Tennessee State University, August 2011-May 2012
“Corporate Kairos, Data Use, and the Expectation of Privacy.” (2019, October). International Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.
“‘If it’s anonymous, you can get away with it’: Users’ Performances on Anonymous Platforms.” (2019, March). Conference for College Composition and Communication, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.
“Rhetorical Research Methods and Ethical Quandaries: A Roundtable Discussion.” (2018, June). With Lauren Cagle, Jordynn Jack, Jennifer Malkowski, Lisa Meloncon, and Sarah Singer. Biennial Conference of the Rhetoric Society of America, Minneapolis, MN.
“Rubles and Rhetoric: Corporate Kairos and Social Media’s Crisis of Common Sense.” (2018, March). With Adam R. Pope. Association for Teachers of Technical Writing Conference, Kansas City, MO.
“Designing the New (Media) Composition: Social Media in FYC.” (2017, July). Conference of Writing Program Administrators, Knoxville, TN.
“The Challenge of Anonymous and Ephemeral Social Media: Reflective Research Methodologies & Student-User Composing Practices.” (2017, June). Graduate Research Network, Computers & Writing Conference, Findlay, Ohio.
“Now You See it, Now You Don’t: The Role of Researcher in Ephemeral Social Media Spaces.” (2017, March). Conference for College Composition and Communication, Portland, Oregon.
“Teaching While Tweeting: Using Social Media in Traditional FYC Classrooms.” (2016, March). Computer Connection at the Conference for College Composition and Communication, Houston, Texas.
“Using Social Media in Technical and Professional Communication Classes.” (2015, July). Conference of Writing Program Administrators, Boise, Idaho.
“Imagine You’re Not Writing for Your Teacher: Mediating ‘Imaginary’ Contexts by Using Online Writing.” (2015, March). College English Association Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana.
“Yik Yak, Web 2.0, and the Rhetoric of Transparency.” (2015, November). South Central Modern Language Association, Nashville, Tennessee.
“‘In Detroit youse gotta learn to speak English’: Appalachian Dialect and Identity in Harriette Arnow’s The Dollmaker and Daniel Petrie’s TV Movie.” (2013, November). South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.
“The Culture Divide: A Rationalization of Behavior in Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita.” (2013, February). Tennessee Philological Association Conference, Knoxville, Tennessee.
“Social Media, Professional Writing, and the English Department.” (2016, March). University of Arkansas GSE Conference, Fayetteville, Arkansas.
“‘Have you ever heard of Google?’: Information/Misinformation Transfer on Yik Yak.” (2015, March). University of Arkansas GSE Conference, Fayetteville, Arkansas.
“‘Are There People Left Who Can’t Type?’: Researching Typing Literacy in the 21st Century.” (2014, March). University of Arkansas GSE Conference, Fayetteville, Arkansas.
“Chopin’s Calixta: Overcoming the Boundaries of Patriarchy.” (2012, March). University of Virginia GESA Conference, Charlottesville, Virginia.
Session Chair, “Technical Communication Praxis in a Globalized World.” (2017, March). Association of Teachers of Technical Writing, Portland, Oregon.
Session Chair, “Acting on Data: Corpus-Based, Computer-Aided Analysis of Student Writing.” (2016, April). Conference on College Composition and Communication, Houston, Texas.
Moderator, “Imaginative Approaches to Digital Literacy.” (2015, March). College English Association Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Session Chair, Appalachian Literature, “Carved from the Mountains: Defining Sustainability in the Appalachian Region.” (2014, November). South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta, Georgia.
Session Secretary, Appalachian Literature, “Constructing Culture in World and Image: Exploring Boundaries and Intersections.” (2013, November). South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta, Georgia.
LECTURES AND WORKSHOPS
“Document Design in the Writing Classroom.” (2019, October-November). Instructor for 4-week seminar to writing faculty in a variety of disciplines. Writing Across the Curriculum, San José State University.
“Spotting Fake News.” (2017, October). Fayetteville Public Library Workshop Series, Fayetteville, Arkansas.
“What ‘counts’ in digital scholarship?: Contributions to the Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative Wiki.” (2017, July). Co-led mini workshop with David Coad, Brandy Dieterle, Brandee Easter, Anne Gere, Adrienne Raw, and Naomi Silvera. Computers and Writing Conference, Findlay, Ohio.
“Narratin’ Snapchat and Synthesizin’ Storify: Using Social Media in the Composition Classroom.” (2015, October). Teaching Composition Workshop, University of Arkansas.
“Using Visual and Social Media to Teach the Rhetorical Triangle.” (2013, November). Teaching Composition Workshop, University of Arkansas.
“Onboarding Seminar for New 100/100WB Instructors.” (Fall 2018). 6-week seminar led by Dr. Thomas Moriarty. Writing Across the Curriculum, San José State University.
“Essential On-The-Job Communication Skills Business Students Should Master: A Syllabus Playbook for 100WB Instructions.” (Fall 2018). Led by Laimin Lo. Writing Across the Curriculum, San Jose State University.
Service to the Field
Reviewer, International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, 2019
Reviewer, Business and Professional Communication Quarterly, 2018
Graduate Fellow, Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative, 2016-2017
Committee Member,WPA-GO Digital Presence Committee, 2015-2016
San Jose State University
Member, Policy Committee, Department of English and Comparative Literature, 2019-present
Managing Editor, English Department Newsletter, Fall 2018-present
Peer Evaluator, First-Year Writing Program, Department of English and Comparative Literature, 2019
Scorer, Lucas College of Business Written Communication Assessment, Summer 2019
Scorer, Lucas College of Business Written Communication Assessment Pilot, January 2019
University of Arkansas
Scorer, English Language Placement Exam, English Language and Cultural Studies Program, August 2017
Committee Member, GSE Conference Planning Committee, 2015-2016
Discussion Group Leader, Professionalism and Communication Group, New Teaching Assistant Orientation, Fall 2015
Ph.D. Liaison, Graduate Students of English, 2014-2015
Co-Editor, Arkansas English Newsletter, 2014-2015
Teaching Mentor, Composition I, Program in Rhetoric and Composition, Fall 2014
Volunteer, The Dancing Cat, San José, California, August 2019-present
Volunteer, 7Hills Homeless Center, Fayetteville, Arkansas, January 2018-May 2018
Volunteer, Purr Catfe, Fayetteville, Arkansas, August 2017-May 2018
Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat, Rush
Camtasia Video Editor
Google Office Suite
Microsoft Office & Sharepoint
Silverback Guerrilla Usability Testing
Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR)
Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW)
California Faculty Association (CFA)
College Composition and Communication (CCC)
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)