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Merideth Garcia

Associate Professor
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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Specialty area(s)

Digital Literacies, Fan Studies, Science, Technology & Society Studies (STS), Rhetoric & Composition, English Teaching Methods, Young Adult Literature, Qualitative Research

Current courses at UWL

ENG 200: Transformative Works

ENG 300: Intro to English Studies


Ph.D. in English and Education, University of Michigan (2018)

M.A in English Literature, Middlebury College (2011)

M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Texas at Austin (2004)

B.A. in English, University of Texas at Austin (1995)


Teaching history

ENG 110: First Year Writing (online)

ENG 200: Transformative Works

ENG 200: Detective Fiction (online)

ENG 300: Intro to English Studies

ENG 341: Pedagogical Approaches to Young Adult Literature

ENG 405: Teaching and Learning English in the Secondary School

EDS 492: Student Teaching Seminar

Professional history

Assistant Professor of English (present)

Graduate Student Instructor (2012-2018)

Secondary English and ESOL teacher (1998-2000, 2004-2012)

Research and publishing

Selected Publications

Garcia, Merideth, et al. “The Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative as Instructional Tool: Cross-community Connections and Collaborations.” The Proceedings of the Annual Computers and Writing Conference: Volume 1, 2016-2017, edited by Cheryl E. Ball, Chen Chen, Kristopher Purzycki, and Lydia Wilkes, The WAC Clearinghouse, 2018, pp. 26-32.  

Hammond, J.W., and Merideth Garcia. “The Micropolitics of Pathways: Teacher Education, Writing Assessment, and the Common Core.” Journal of Writing Assessment, vol 10, no. 1, 2017.

Garcia, Merideth, and J. W. Hammond. “Investigating the ‘Teacher Savior’: Veronica Mars and the Mysteries of Education.” Teaching and Learning on Screen: Mediated Pedagogies, edited by Mark Readman, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, pp. 45-62.

Garcia, Merideth. “Remixing Time and Space.” Neil Gaiman in the 21st Century: Essays on the Novels, Children’s Stories, Online Writings, Comics and Other Works, edited by Tara Prescott, McFarland, 2015, pp. 179-194.


Selected Conference Presentations

“Nailed It!: Engaging Rhetorical Failure in Classroom Contexts.” Languaging, Laboring, and Transforming. Conference on College Composition and Communication, 16 Mar. 2018, Kansas City, MO.

“Accessibility, Stamina, and Depth: Reflecting on Multimodal Engagements with Traditional Texts.” States of Insecurity, Modern Language Association Annual Conference, 7 Jan. 2018, New York City, NY.

“Teens and Technology Integration in Two High School ELA Classrooms.” The First Chapter, National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention, America’s Center Convention Complex, 18 Nov. 2017, St. Louis, MO.

“Rhetorics of Reflective Practice.” Techne: Creating Spaces of Wonder, Computers and Writing Conference, 4 June 2017, The University of Findlay, Findlay, OH.

“Composing the Social (Media) Self: Connecting Rhetorics of Social Media Communication & Academic Composing.” Cultivating Capacity, Creating Change, Conference on College Composition and Communication, 17 March 2017, Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR.

“New Literacies for the New Mainstream: Multimodal Pedagogy as Inclusive Practice.” Faces of Advocacy, National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention, 18 Nov. 2016, Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA.

“Terministic Screens and Technological Frames: Exploring the Boundaries of Mobile Composing.” Mobility Work in Composition: Translation, Migration, Transformation, Thomas R. Watson Conference, 21 Oct. 2016, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY.

“Steering the Ship: Queer Love in Star Trek, Sherlock, and Hannibal.” Cultural Rhetorics Conference, 1 Oct. 2016, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

“The Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative as an Instructional Tool: Cross-Community Connections and Collaborations.” Crossing Wires: Reaching Across Campus, Between Disciplines, and into Communities, Computers and Writing Conference, 21 May 2016, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY.

with J. W. Hammond. “Technologies of Writing Assessment and the Assessment of Composing Technologies.” National Council of Teachers of English Assembly for Research Mid Winter Conference, 6 Feb. 2016, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI.

“Digital Instruction for Digital Natives: Bridging Extracurricular and Academic Technology Expertise.” Literature and Its Publics: Past, Present, and Future, Modern Language Association Annual Conference, 8 Jan. 2016, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX.

“Their Own Devices: Case Studies of High School Students’ Social and Academic Uses of Technology.” Responsibility, Creativity, and the Arts of Language, National Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference, 21 Nov. 2015, Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN.

with J. W. Hammond. “Toward a Ground-Level View of a Bird’s-Eye Mandate: Pre-Service Teacher Perceptions of the Common Core.” Common Ground, Global Reach: Teaching English & English Education for Global Literacies, International Federation of Teachers/Conference on English Education Convention, 8 July 2015, Fordham University, New York, NY.

“Whistle While You Work: The Hidden Labor in Academic Play." Technoliteracy In(ter)ventions, Computers and Writing Conference, 30 May 2015, University of Wisconsin, Menomonie, WI.



Merideth Garcia, English, co-authored the article "Humanizing Online English Teacher Education through Critical Digital Pedagogy" in English Education published on March 31 by NCTE.

Submitted on: April 21



Merideth Garcia, English, presented "Reframing Assessment" at Conference on College Composition and Communication on March 19 online.

Submitted on: April 5