WAC Founders

Founders, Writing Across the Curriculum

  • Rhodes

    Georgia Rhoades

    Georgia Rhoades, rhoadesgd@appstate.edu, was the founding director of Writing Across the Curriculum of Appalachian State University in 2008. In 2011, the WAC program, along with the University Writing Center and the RC program, was awarded the CCCC Certificate of Excellence for its vertical writing curriculum and intensive faculty support. Appalachian’s Writing Across Institutions conference, established in 2009, is a free conference for community college faculty in North Carolina and is a model for establishing WAC practices and conversations between community college faculty and universities.

    As a consultant to WAC and composition programs, Rhoades has offered workshop and consultations to universities and community colleges in North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, California, Indiana, Connecticut, U.K, and Lebanon. In 2021, Rhoades was recognized as a Distinguished Fellow of the Association for Writing Across the Curriculum for making significant contributions to the field of WAC through scholarship, service, and/or achievement. She currently serves on the AWAC Board of Consultants

    Rhoades offers support for creating sustainable programs based on conversation between faculty, developing vertical writing curricula, designing faculty development across campuses, and collaboration between institutions. She has presented internationally at EATAW, WDHE, NFEAP, and Great Writing, and at CCCC, the Watson Conference, Quinnipiac, Feminist Rhetoric, and NWSA. She was recognized by the NC Board of Governors for excellence in teaching. Her work has been published in A Minefield of Dreams and Research in Writing, and her articles have appeared in Currents, Across the Disciplines, Academe, and Feminist Formations. She has regularly held artistic residencies at Annaghmakerrig, the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland, and The Playhouse in Derry, N. Ireland, since 1995.

    Areas of specialization: vertical writing curricula, faculty development, community college support, non-tenure track faculty development and concerns
  • Bohr

    Dennis Bohr

    Dennis Bohr taught high school English for 14 years before moving to Boone in 1993.  He taught composition, Theatre Appreciation, Speech, and British and American Literature at Caldwell Community College before becoming full time at Appalachian State, teaching in Rhetoric and Composition. He now teaches a Freshman Seminar course titled Theatre and Social Justice and works in the University Writing Center. Dennis was awarded the Sustainable Arts Grant Award from the ASU Sustainability Council in May 2013 and May 2016 to produce his plays, Jesus from Another Planet and The Disposable Man, both of which were performed on Appalachian’s campus. He is a founding member of Black Sheep Theatre, a theatre troupe dedicated to writing and performing original work. His plays have seen numerous productions in North Carolina and Kentucky as well as overseas in England and Northern Ireland. He is a recent recipient of an OIED grant to attend a week-long residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Center, Annaghmakerrig, Ireland. 
  • Hart

    Sherry Alusow Hart

    Sherry Alusow Hart has been teaching composition for over 26 years.  She received her B.A. and M.A. from East Tennessee State University and Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, College Park.  She has been at ASU since 2003.  In addition to being a WAC Consultant since 2008 specializing in assessment, she was a co-investigator for the Information Literacy Assessment in Fall 2009 and is providing assessment support for several other programs connected with writing. She also teaches British Literature for the English Department, has served as secretary for the Tennessee Philological Association for the past four years, and has been a Faculty Consultant for the ETS/College Board English Literature Exam since 1996.