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Kirsti Cole



Co-Director, Campus Writing and Speaking Program

Professor, English

Tompkins Hall 226

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Ph.D. Rhetoric, Composition, and Literature Arizona State University 2008

B.A. English University of Montana, Missoula 2001

Area(s) of Expertise

Focus Areas: rhetoric and composition, writing enriched pedagogy, digital communication, digital rhetorical research methods, teacher research

Dr. Cole received her BA from the University of Montana in 1998 and her Ph.D. from Arizona State University in 2008. She studied at the University of London during her Bachelor’s program, and at St. Catherine’s College, Cambridge University during her Ph.D. coursework. Dr. Cole became the Co-Director of the Campus Writing and Speaking Program at NCSU in 2023. Prior to her appointment here she was Professor of English at Minnesota State University from 2008-2022. Dr. Cole was adjunct faculty at Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Composition, adjunct faculty at Mesa Community College in Gender and Women’s Studies, and a Teaching Associate and Instructor at Arizona State University, Tempe and Polytechnic campuses.

Dr. Cole's teaching interests include digital writing instruction, graduate instruction in composition pedagogy, research methods, writing workshops, and cross disciplinary writing and assessment. Her research focuses on feminist rhetorics, feminist rhetorical methods and methodologies, digital rhetorics and social media, composition and communication, and motherhood studies.


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