Cara Marta Messina [she/her] is a third year doctoral student focusing on Writing and Rhetoric in Northeastern University’s English Department. She is currently working on her exams on Digital Pedagogy, Rhetorical Genre Studies, and Mixed Methodologies in Writing Studies. Her research interests include fan communities and literacy practices, mixed methods in writing studies research, critical digital pedagogy, feminism, and justice across all areas. In her first year at Northeastern, she held the position of Director of Research at the Writing Center where she led NuRig – the writing center research inquiry group – to collect data about how clients and consultants articulate their understanding of the work done in writing centers. She has taught First Year Writing and Advanced Writing in the Disciplines at St. John's Univeristy and Northeastern University. She currently holds the position as the English Graduate Student Association President and is co-organizing the Feminist Coding Collective (formerly the Digital Feminist Commons), which prioritizes creating a feminst space for people to learn and practice coding.
As for her work for this semester, she is the Coordinator for the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Newtorks. As the Coordinator, she is helping to schedule and plan events and co-lead the Digital Teaching Initiative, which is in its pilot stages working with Humanities and Social Science faculty who are interested in including digital tools and methods in their classroom. She is the Research Associate for Design for Diversity, an IMLS-grant funded national forum project, at Northeastern’s Digital Scholarship Group. Read her reflection about the Opening Forum event in October 2017, which she helped organize. She is helping to build and design the Design for Diversity Teaching and Learning Toolkit, which centers around equitable and just practices in information science.
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