Genie Giaimo

Asst Professor of Writing & Rhetoric

 work(802) 443-3182
 Mondays: 1:00-2:50 pm
 Davis Family Library 225 E

My current research utilizes quantitative models to answer a range of questions about behaviors and practices in and around writing centers, such as tutor attitudes towards wellness and self-care practices, tutor engagement with writing center documentation, and students’ perceptions of writing centers. My work can be found in journals addressing writing center assessment, training and programmatic interventions, and cross-institutional data collaborations such as Praxis, TETYC, Journal of Writing Research, and Journal of Writing Analytics. In addition to my faculty work, I also Direct the Writing Center at Middlebury College which is housed in the Center for Teaching Learning and Research. For more information about me, visit my website:



Course List: 

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FYSE 1004 - Meaningful Writing      

Meaningful Writing
What makes writing meaningful (to audience as well as authors)? In this course we will explore meaningful writing through literary analysis, educational research, and personal engagement. We will read personally revelatory texts written by authors like Eula Biss, Alison Bechdel, and Oliver Sacks, we will learn about educational research from the Meaningful Writers Project, and we will define meaningful writing for ourselves through exploring our positionality as writers (not just as readers). To do this, we will both read and write about topics and genres beyond the academy including writing over a lifetime, medical narratives, journalism, and community writing. This course is part of the Public Humanities Labs Initiative administered by the Axinn Center for the Humanities.* AMR CW LIT

Fall 2022

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WRPR 0100 - Writing and Power      

Writing and Power
Power: who has it, who doesn’t, and what does it have to do with your writing? This course both instructs students in how to access power in academic contexts and to critique power structures. We’ll learn how power connects to literacy, and how it's shaped through rhetorical contexts. Students will explore their own power as writers and thinkers while engaging in meaningful personal, reflective and argumentative writing. The professor will work with each student extensively on their writing process and development, and we'll create a writing community. This course bears elective credit but does not fulfill the college writing requirement. 3 hrs. lect/disc

Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021

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WRPR 0212 - Issues&Methods Tutor Writing      

Issues and Methods in Tutoring Writing: A Practicum Course
This course will prepare students to work with writers from diverse backgrounds and disciplines and to develop their own writing practices and habits. We will learn about composition theory and writing pedagogy, tutoring strategies, and current topics in writing center studies, such as linguistic justice, anti-racism, wellness and care, and inclusion. After completing ethics training, we will conduct ethnographic research using the Middlebury Writing Center as our research site. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be invited to work as paid tutors in the Writing Center. In addition to Writing Center activities, students will complete a semester-long research project that positively impacts the Middlebury Writing Center. 3 hrs. lect. CW SOC

Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022

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WRPR 0500 - Independent Research      

Independent Research
(Approval Required)

Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023

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WRPR 1008 - Art & Science of the Interview      

The Art and Science of the Interview
Interviews are everywhere, from celebrity “freak-outs” to NPR’s StoryCorps to applying to your first job. We will use rhetorical and generic approaches to better understand the purpose and structure of the interview as it arises in different public and professional contexts. We will learn how to become better and more ethical interviewers, and we will conduct interviews on subjects that interest us. Along the way, we will write and reflect on the ethics, purposes, techniques, and psychosocial effects of interviewing. This course prepares students for the social-cultural and contextual nuances of conducting academic, activist, and personal interviews. This course is part of the Public Humanities Labs Initiative administered by the Axinn Center for the Humanities.* CW WTR

Winter 2022

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Writing and Rhetoric Program

Catharine Wright, Director
Chellis House, 201

Tiffany Wilbur, Coordinator
Mahaney Arts Center, 202