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Mara Holt

Associate Professor

Rhetoric and Composition

Office: Ellis 321
Office Phone: 593-2797
Email: holt@ohio.edu


Ph.D., English, University of Texas, Austin.
M.A., English, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
B.S., Psychology, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Interest

Collaborative Theory and Practice; Critical and Feminist Pedagogies; Academic Labor; Electronic Textuality and Visual Rhetoric; Women’s Rhetorics; Rhetorics of Race


“Teaching U.S.  and Transnational Feminisms with Thelma and Louise (1991) and Chaos (2001).” The International Journal of the Arts in Society. Vol.4. In press.
“The Importance of Dissent to Collaborative Learning.” The Writing Center Journal 28.2 (2008): 52-60.
“Electronic Versions of Collaborative Learning:  A Brief Survey” (with Albert Rouzie). Rhetorical Agendas: Political, Ethical, Spiritual. Ed. Patricia Bizzell.  Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum, 2005.  199-204.
“Collaboration and Conflict in a Faculty Mentoring Relationship” (with Albert Rouzie). Dialogue. 8.2 (Spring, 2003).  75-95.
“Making Emotion Work Visible in Writing Program Administration” (with Leon Anderson and Albert Rouzie).  A Way to Move: Rhetorics of Emotion and Composition Studies.. Eds. Dale Jacobs and Laura Micciche. Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook, 2003.  147-60.
Book manuscript in progress:  “Collaborative Learning as Democratic Practice,” in series edited by Charles Bazerman.  Parlor Press and WAC Publishing.


Faculty Development Award ($1116) to participate in Career Retreat for Associate Professors.  Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA.  June 25-28, 2009.
Faculty Fellowship Leave, Ohio University, 2004.
Computers in Writing-Intensive Courses Summer Institute.  Michigan Tech University, June, 2000.

Invited Talks

“Collaborative Learning:  A Full-Day Workshop.” Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, Ohio.  February 19, 2009
“Because Collaborative Learning, Like Democracy, is Misunderstood, Subverted, and Harder than it Looks (or Different Than it Seems).” University of Findlay, Findlay, Ohio.  March 24, 2009
“Collaborative Theories and Practices:  A Focus on Peer Critique.” Invited Workshop.  Department of English, Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, GA.  May 15, 2009.
Conference Presentations
“Thelma and Louise (1991) and Chaos (2001): A Bridge to Transnational Feminism.” International Conference on Arts in Society. Venice, Italy, July 27, 2009. 
“Why Do They Leave?  The ‘Invisible’ Factor of White Privilege.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. New Orleans, LA. April 2-5, 2008.
“Re-theorizing Student Identities Through Transnational Perspectives on Collaboration.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. New York, 2007.
“Generating Mentors in Composition: Beyond the Great Chain of Being.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Chicago, 2006.


College Composition and Communication
College English


Co-chair, Professional Ethics Committee, A&S, 2008-2009.
Chair, Committee to Evaluate the Dean, 2008
Committee to Review the Dean’s Evaluation Process, 2008.
Women’s Studies Curriculum Committee, 2005-2008.
Chair, Women’s Studies Colloquium Committee, 2005-2006.
Women’s Commission, 2005-2006.
Arts and Sciences Tenure Pool, 1998-2008.


Teaching College English
Major Rhetorical Theories
History of Composition
Collaborative Rhetorics
Writing Program Administration
Women's Rhetorics

Writing and Rhetoric I and II
Women and Writing
Women's Rhetorics

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