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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Publications

Oweidat, Lana. “Islamic Ethos: Examining Sources of Authority.” Histories of Ethos: World Perspectives on Rhetoric, special issue of Humanities, vol. 8, no.4, 2019. https://doi.org/10.3390/h8040170

Oweidat, Lana. “Disrupting Empty Multiculturalism: An Appeal for Critical Intersectional Approaches to our Feminisms.” Peitho digital insert, vol. 22, no.1, Fall/Winter 2019. https://actionhour2019.cfshrc.org/lana-oweidat/

Oweidat, Lana. “Student Voices: Navigating Linguistic and Cultural Hurdles as a Second Language Academic Writer.” Teaching with a Global Perspective: Practical Strategies from Course Design to Assessment, edited by Dawn Bikownski and Talinn Philips. Routledge, 2019.

Oweidat, Lana and Lydia McDermott. “Neither Safe nor Brave: Empathetic Interventions in Tutor Training.” Writing Centers as Brave/r Spaces, special issue of The Peer Review, vol. 1, no. 2, 2017. http://thepeerreview-iwca.org/issues/braver-spaces/

Oweidat, Lana. Readings on Writing (edited textbook). With B. David Bruce, Rebecca Lachman, Albert Rouzie, John H. Whicker, Sherrie Gradin, and Matthew Vetter. 2nd ed. Van-Griner Press, 2014.

Upcoming Scholarly Works

Oweidat, Lana. “Letter from Omar bin Al-Khattab to Abu Musa Al-Ash’ari.” Alternative Sources for Rhetorical Traditions, edited by Tarez Samra Graban and Hui Wu. Southern Illinois University Press. Accepted and under contract.

Oweidat, Lana. “At a Crossroads: The Committee for Change and the Voices of CCCC.” With Janelle Jennings-Alexander, Bernice Olivas, Mara Lee Grayson, Trent M. Kays, Ashanka Kumari, Lana Oweidat, Christina V. Cedillo, and Caitlyn McKay. Network Theories, Social Justice, and Supersystems in Writing Program Administration. Eds. Genesea Carter, Aurora Matzke, and Bonnie Vidrine-Isbell. Accepted. 

Conference Papers & Panel Participation

“Can We Do Better? Forging Unlikely Coalitions and Challenging the Neoliberal Landscape,” Feminist Workshop’s annual event sponsored by the Feminist Caucus. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Milwaukee, WI. March 25-28, 2020. Presentation cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic. 

“On Defensiveness: White Fragility and the Question of Ethical Engagement in the Classroom.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. March 25-28, 2020. Presentation cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic.

“Navigating Contested Spaces: An Antiracist Approach to Tutor Education.” Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association Conference. Towson, MD. March 7, 2020.

“Embodying the Arab and Muslim Identity as Lived Experiences.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Pittsburgh, PA. March 15, 2019.

 “Disrupting Empty Multiculturalism: An Appeal for Critical Intersectional Approaches to our Feminisms.” Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Pittsburgh, PA. March 13, 2019.

“All Our Relations: Teaching Social Justice Movements.” Conference on College Composition and Communication: Languaging, Laboring, and Transforming. Kansas City, MO. March 14, 2018.

 "Troubling Transnational Solidarities: Disrupting Islamophobic Pedagogies." National Women's Studies Conference. Baltimore, Maryland. November 18, 2017.

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

“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.

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