Lana Oweidat

Assistant ProfessorContemporary & Creative Writing

Lana Oweidat is an Assistant Professor and the Director of the Writing Center at Goucher College. Lana completed her doctorate in rhetoric and composition and holds a graduate certificate in women,gender, and sexuality studies from Ohio University. In addition to serving as an associate director of composition and an assistant director of the student writing center at Ohio University, she taught a wide range of courses in English; women, gender, and sexuality studies; and the Honors Tutorial College. At Goucher, she teaches writing and rhetoric courses with an emphasis on social justice concerns. Her research focuses on transnational feminist rhetorics, anti-Islamophobia pedagogies, and tutor training. She is also interested in multilingual composition, especially in the linguistic and cultural negotiations of multilingual writers and teachers.

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Research, Scholarship, Creative Work in Progress

“Neither Brave nor Safe: Empathetic Interventions in Tutor-Training.” The Peer Review: A Journal for Writing Center Practitioners. Special Issue: Writing Centers as Brave/r Spaces, with Dr. Lydia McDermott. Forthcoming.

“Encountering the Face of the Muslim Other in the Classroom: The Muslim Other Demands an Ethical Response,” in progress.

“Subverting the Western Gaze: The Muslim Veil as a Rhetorical Site of Agency, Resistance, and Reflexivity,” in progress.

“Mind the Gap: The Cultural Negotiations of Multilingual Composition Teachers in an American University,” in progress.

Publications

“Islamic Ethos.” Histories of Ethos: Human Character and its Representations. Ed, James S. Baumlin. Quiet Waters Publications. Accepted.

“Aisha, The Prophet Muhammad’s Wife: A Case Study.” Histories of Ethos: Human Character and its Representations. Ed, James S. Baumlin. Quiet Waters Publications. Accepted.

Readings on Writing (edited textbook). 2nd ed. Ohio University Composition Committee, Van-Griner P, 2014. 

Conference Papers & Panel Participation

“Power, Ethics, and the War on Terror: Tensions between the Rhetoric of Saving and Cultural Relativism.” Conference on College Composition and Communication: Cultivating Capacity, Creating Change. Portland, Oregon. March 17, 2016.

“Special Interest Group on Arab, Arab American, and Muslim Identity and Issues.” Co-chairing the SIG at the Conference on College Composition and Communication: Cultivating Capacity, Creating Change. Portland, Oregon. March 17, 2017.

“Disrupting ‘Empty Multiculturalism’ in the Classroom: An Appeal for an Anti-Islamophobia Rhetoric and Pedagogy.” Presented at the Cultural Rhetorics Conference. East Lansing, MI. October 1, 2016.

“Special Interest Group on Arab, Arab American, and Muslim Identity and Issues.” Co-chairing the SIG at the Conference on College Composition and Communication: Writing Strategies for Action. Houston, TX. April 8, 2016.

“Anti-Islamophobia Pedagogy: Global Citizenship, Transnational Feminism, and Rhetorical Education.” Conference on College Composition and Communication: Writing Strategies for Action. Houston, TX. April 8, 2016

“The Muslim Other as the West’s New Racial Other: Mapping an Anti-Islamophobia Rhetoric and Pedagogy,” upcoming conference, 66th Annual Convention of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Tampa, FL, March 18-21, 2015.

“Re-making Gendered Cross-Cultural Encounters in the Classroom: Liminal Spaces, Anxious Tensions, and Ethical Engagement.” Presented at the Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference: Women’s Ways of Making. Tempe, AZ. October 29, 2015. 

“Encountering the Face of the Muslim Other in the Classroom: The Muslim Other Demands an Ethical Response,” Thomas R. Watson Conference, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, October 16-18, 2014.

“Subverting the Western Gaze: An Appeal for an (Un)veiled Rhetoric,” 65th Annual Convention of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Indianapolis, Indiana, March 19-22, 2014.

Home Pages: Archiving Domestic Rhetors,” with Dr. Lydia McDermott, Blurring Boundaries: Opening Rhetorical Spaces (pre-conference workshop), 65th Annual Convention of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Indianapolis, Indiana, March 19-22, 2014.

“A Movable Border: The Veil as Gendered Ethos,” 16th Biennial Rhetoric Society of America Conference, San Antonio, Texas, May 22-26, 2014.“Mapping Our Discursive Homes across National Borders,” 64th Annual Convention of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 13-16, 2013.

“A Pedagogy of Unbound Transnationality,” National Women's Studies Association, Oakland, California, November 8-11, 2012.

“Mind the Gap: The Cultural Negotiations of Non-native Composition Teachers in an American University,” Thomas R. Watson Conference, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, October 18-20, 2012.

“Disrupting the Western Gaze: Building ‘Unlikely Coalitions’ across Borders,” 63rd Annual Convention of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, St. Louis, Missouri, March 21-24, 2012.

“Anxious Spaces: Constructing, Historicizing, and Contextualizing Images and Stories of Difference and Otherness,” Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minnesota, October 12-15, 2011.

“The Hybrid Voice of Nonwestern Faculty in the ‘Contact Zone,’” 41st Annual College English Association (CEA) Conference, San Antonio, Texas, March 25-27, 2010.

Academic or Professional Associations

National Council of Teachers of English

College Composition and Communication

International Writing Centers Association

The Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association

National Women’s Studies Association

Council of Writing Program Administrators