Michelle Trim has a Ph. D. in Rhetoric and Technical Communication from Michigan Technological University, an M.A. in Rhetoric and Composition from Miami University of Ohio, and a B.A. in Professional Writing and English from Purdue University. Her most recent research involved a large, qualitative study of over 100 university students. The project incorporated undergraduate research by utilizing student researchers as co-investigators in order to examine first-year students' uses of the written feedback they received from their writing teachers. Dr. Trim presented the preliminary results of this study at the 2012 College English Association National Conference. Other research interests include theories of technology and technical communication, feminism and feminist theory, critical theories of language/ social linguistics, and democratic education. Dr. Trim is the new director of First-Year Writing and an Assistant Professor in the Department of English.
Ph.D., Michigan Technological University, 2008
M.A., Miami University of Ohio, 2000
B.A., Purdue University, 1998
(Under Review) Trim, Michelle D. “Trespassing Expertise: Partnering with Undergraduates in Composition Research.” The CEA Critic .
Trim, Michelle. “Going Beyond Good Intentions: Reconsidering Motivations and Examining Responsibility in Composition-based Service Learning.” Modern Language Studies . 39.1:66-81, 2009.
Chapters in Edited Collections
(Proposal Accepted; Manuscript under review) Trim, Michelle D. and Kimberly Wine. “The Teacher is a Girl: Hegemonic Consequences of Feminine Instructor Identity in the Composition Classroom.” Identity and Status in Composition . Elizabeth Kimball, Ed. Forthcoming 2013.
Trim, Michelle. “Articulating a Rhetoric of Agency for Pregnancy through Intersectionality: NAPW -The National Advocates for Pregnant Women.” The 21st Century Motherhood Movement: Mothers Speak Out on Why We Need to Change the World and How to Do It. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. Bradford, Ontario:Demeter Press. 2011.
Trim, Michelle D. and Megan Lynn Isaac. “Reinventing Invention: Discovery and Investment in Writing” Writing Spaces . Eds. Charlie Lowe and Pavel Zemliansky. West Lafayette, IN: Parlor Press. 2010.
Branscomb, H. Eric and Michelle Trim. Research Navigator Guide: English . 2e. New York: AB Longman/ Pearson Education Publishing. 2006. ISBN 0-321-49601-9
Trim, Michelle. What Every Student Should Know About... Practicing Peer Review . New York: AB Longman/ Westwood Publishing. 2006. ISBN 0-321-44848-0
Conference Proceedings, Review Essays, Book Reviews
(in press) Trim, Michelle. “Review: Helen A. Berger and Douglas Ezzy, Teenage Witches: Magical Youth and the Search for Self “(New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2007), Journal of Religion, Nature, and Culture.
Trim, Michelle. “Review: Figueira-McDonough, Josefina, and Rosemary C. Sarri, eds. Women at the Margins: Neglect, Punishment, and Resistance” International Social Science Review . Fall, 2003.
Trim, Michelle. “Instructions Not Included: How Writing Conferences Can Erect Barriers to Success for First Generation College Students” International Journal of Learning , 10, 2003.
Trim, Michelle. “Counterfeit capital: searching for a silver lining in Bernadette Longo’s Spurious Coin.” ACM Journal of Computer Documentation 25(2): 63-65, 2001.
May 24-27, 2012. Rhetoric Society of America, Philadelphia, PA, “Tea Shall Overcome: Questioning the Appropriation of Civil Rights Movement Rhetoric”
Mar 29-31, 2012. College English Association National Conference, Richmond, VA, “Trespassing Expertise: Partnering with Undergraduates in Composition Research”
Sep 23-24, 2011. Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy, Savannah, GA, “Resisting Automatic Adoption and Uncritical Use of Technology in Student Research”
Mar 17-20, 2010. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Louisville, KY, “Research Paper Redux: Dialectic as Democratic Writing and Researched Argument”
Nov 12-15, 2009. National Women’s Studies Conference, Atlanta, GA. “Post-Feminist Amnesia: Negotiating Resistance to Feminist Histories”
Oct 17, 2009. North Carolina Symposium on Writing, Raleigh, NC. Co-presenter with Megan Isaac, “Stressing Invention: Cultivating Investment in Writing After Years of Testing”
Mar 29-30, 2008. College English Association National Conference, St. Louis, MO. “Just Because We Can: “The Good Rhetor as an Alternative to Fostering a Social Conscience”
Apr 4-7, 2007. American Pop-Culture/ American Culture Associations National Conference, Boston, MA. “Diva Detectives: Fetish or Feminist Representations in Four TV Crime Dramas”
Mar 30-Apr 1, 2006. Southeast Coastal Conference on Languages and Literatures, Statesboro, GA, “Translating English Composition Praxis into a Spanish Serve-to-Learn Context” (Read by Dr Julia
Mar 22-25, 2006. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Chicago, IL, “Mind the Gap: Ethically Balancing Student [Under]-Preparedness with Institutional Expectations for Growth and Retention”
Mar 15-19, 2005. Conference on College Composition and Communication, San Francisco, CA, “Taking Responsibility for Community in Community-Based Learning Courses”
Apr 6-10, 2004. American Pop-Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference, San Antonio, TX. “Romancing the Future: Using Serial Romance Novels to Prove Feminist Advances in American Culture”
Jan 7-11, 2004. International Humanities Conference, Honolulu, HI, “Who’s being served by service learning: Investigating some of the ethical concerns service learning raises for a democratic pedagogy”
Nov 16-18, 2003. International Conference on Civic Education and Research, New Orleans, LA, “University or Community Service: Ethical Challenges Faced by Service Learning Approaches to Writing Instruction”
Jul 15-19, 2003. International Learning Conference, London, UK. “Instructions not included: Barriers to success for first generation college students in graduate school”
June 15, 2001. Computers and Writing Conference, Muncie, IN. “The Hypertext of Collaboration: Using a Web-based MOO to Facilitate Postmodern Collaboration in the College Classroom”
2010. Graduate teaching internship director/supervisor for Christine Gill. University of North Carolina Greensboro MA student.
2010-2011. Undergraduate Honors thesis director for Margaret Hemmingson, “Gender, Family and Domesticity in Supernatural and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ”
2010. Undergraduate research director for Peyton Jenkins, “Fear and the Female Hero:An Examination of the Fear Response in Relation to Gender Identity and Performance of Heroines.”
2009. Women and Gender Studies Internship Advisor for Joanna Rabiej, Women’s Resource Center, Burlington, North Carolina
Grants and Awards
2011. “How do students use feedback.” Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning Scholar (research fellowship including $4000 research budget & 4 course releases over 2 yrs)
2010. “Togetherness in Difference” Elon College of Arts and Sciences Fund for Excellence Grant (with Stephen Braye, Barbara Gordon, Kathy Lyday-Lee, Amanda Gallagher, and Pam Winfield). (~$3000) Grant funded multi-event visits for two linguistic scholars. Visitors gave public lectures, hosted student Q&A sessions, and directed faculty development workshops.
2010. Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning Grant for research examining student learning outcomes to the final project in GST 373:Technology and Human Agency. ($600) Funds supported an IRB-approved, filmed, focus group session with students from two previous semesters.
2009-2010. Recipient of Elon Faculty Research and Development Grant, awarded as one course Release. Grant supported work on revision of traditional research paper assignment to dialectical research project in first year writing.
2006. Departmental and College Nominee for the Young Faculty Teaching Award; Lander University.
2002. Campus Campaign Fellowship “First Prize Award for Service;” Michigan Technological University.
2000-2004. Graduate Teaching and Research Assistantship with full tuition waiver; Michigan Technological University.
1998-2000. Graduate Teaching Assistantship including full tuition waiver; Miami University of Ohio.
Other Professional Employment and Activity
2008-2011 Rater/Grader for Pearson, SAT tests, Writing portion Internship
2001-2003 Editorial Intern- College Composition and Communication (CCC), Dr Marilyn Cooper, editor. Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI.
Participation in Academic and Professional Workshops
Mar 20-21, 2009. “Feminist Theory Workshop” participated in workshop session on “Transnational Feminism” hosted by the Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University.
Sept 27, 2005. “Grant Opportunities Available Through the National Endowment for the Humanities” Directed by Fred Winter, Senior Program Officer NEH Office of Challenge Grants. Hosted by Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC
Oct 14, 2003. “Diversity in Higher Education: A Workshop for Establishing Strategic Goals for Increasing Diversity in the Undergraduate Student Population” - organized and hosted by the Michigan Technological University Office for Equal Opportunity in Education, Houghton, MI
June-July, 2002. “CIWIC” - Computers in Writing-Intensive Classrooms. International, intensive summer institute - Directed by Dr Cynthia Selfe. Hosted by Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI.
June 1999, 2000. “Miami University Portfolio Writing Program: Portfolio Evaluation Workshop” Large
scale workshop designed to prepare faculty and graduate students for placement portfolio grading
sessions. Presentations included holistic scoring, establishing and interpreting rubrics, and effective
means of ranking written portfolios. Hosted by Miami University of Ohio, Oxford, OH