Core Writing Team
Sherry Linkon is Director of Writing Curriculum Initiatives and Professor of English. Along with extensive research, teaching, and leadership in Working-Class Studies, she has published and spoken widely on students’ learning in and across academic disciplines. She has led institutes on teaching about class, coordinated collaborative course development teams, and directed the program to train new graduate assistants in the teaching of writing. Her most recent book is Literary Learning: Teaching in the English Major. She is also the co-author of an online textbook, Reading Work: An Online Resources on Critical Reading and the Meaning of Work, that guides students in the use of a cross-disciplinary critical reading strategy while exploring the history and meaning of work. Within Working-Class Studies, she has collaborated on research and presentations with colleagues from many fields, from geography and sociology to labor studies, history, art, and writing.
Matthew Pavesich is Associate Teaching Professor in the English Department and Associate Director of the Writing Program. He teaches in the areas of rhetoric, composition, and pedagogy, experimenting most recently with design-based methods. His research areas include rhetorical ecologies, composition pedagogy, and writing program administration, and he has published in technoculture, the WAC Journal, and the Journal of Basic Writing. His current projects include dcadapters.org, an archive of local material rhetoric, and field work in education-oriented design studios. He holds a PhD from the University of Illinois-Chicago (2009).
David Lipscomb is the Director of the Writing Center at Georgetown University, and an Assistant Professor of Teaching in the English Department. As Director of the Writing Center, David has launched a Professional Writing Center — which employs MA English students to coach professionals throughout the US — while also establishing partnerships with SEED DC, a school for underserved students, and US News and World Report, which now funds the annual Writing Center Awards. David has taught first-year writing, upper-level writing electives, and graduate courses on professional writing and on rhetoric. As Founder of Redpen21, a communication consulting company, David has led workshops for professional communicators at dozens of organizations, including the American Red Cross, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Kellogg, Fannie Mae, and Veterans Affairs. His consulting work was the focus of a profile of David in the Chronicle of Higher Education
He has published on Salman Rushdie as well as the 19th-century novel, and he has spoken at conferences about his work with professional communicators. His current areas of interest include composition and service learning. Before coming to Georgetown, David taught writing at Wake Forest University and Columbia University, where he earned his Ph.D. in English.
Karen Shaup is an Assistant Professor of Teaching in the English Department. She teaches first-year writing and works on assessment and research projects with the Writing Team. She received her PhD from the University of Oregon, and she studies modernist literature and the city. Recently, she published an article on Katherine Mansfield’s short story “The Garden Party” and the aesthetics of consumerism. She is interested in the digital humanities and composition pedagogy.