Senior Writing Fellow
Michele has been working with student and faculty writers for over 20 years, most recently as the director of the writing center at OU for 13 years. In her new role as Senior Writing Fellow she will be available to review proposals, coach writers, and provide feedback on manuscripts.
Michele’s ongoing research interests include co-authoring, collaborative writing, developing faculty writing at universities, and student engagement and learning through writing practices. She has edited two academic journals, Kansas English (NCTE) and The Writing Center Journal, the primary research journal of the International Writing Centers Association.(writingcenterjournal.org). Currently she is a senior editor of a new open access journal, Writers: Craft & Context.
Among her publications, two books are the products of important collaborations, (First Person)2: A Study of Co-Authoring in the Academy (2001), written with Kami Day, and The Everyday Writing Center: A Community of Practice (2007), written with Anne Ellen Geller, Frankie Condon, Meg Carroll, and Elizabeth H. Boquet.
Michele works extensively with faculty and graduate student writers and facilitates writing groups, camps, and retreats online and in person across the country. With Anne Ellen Geller as co-editor, she published Working with Faculty Writers (2013), a book that details the range of national best practices in programmatic support for faculty writers.
Several contributions to collections have expanded a career-long theme of work that combines understanding writing practices and students’ learning of writing with collaboration and co-authoring. One chapter, “Creativity in the Writing Center” appears in a 2009 award winning collection, Creative Approaches to Writing Center Work. A 2016 publication, Creative Ways of Knowing in Engineering, co-edited with Diana Bairaktarova, explored ideas of teaching creatively across disciplines.
The CCCC Research Initiative Award funded the Meaningful Writing Project, and with co-researchers Neal Lerner and Anne Ellen Geller they presented their findings in a 2016 book, The Meaningful Writing Project: Learning, Teaching, and Writing in Higher Education, and several articles. (meaningfulwritingproject.net).
Her upcoming publications include a book on graduate student writing experiences (co-edited with Shannon Madden, Kirsten T. Edwards Williams, and Alexandria Lockett) and a faculty guide to teaching meaningful writing.