Mary F. McGinnis holds a Ph.D. in Rhetoric & Composition from Ball State University; an M.A. in Training & Development and an M.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from Roosevelt University; and an M.A. in English & American Literature and a B.A. in English with minors in creative writing and women’s studies, both from Indiana State University. She has additional training in the form of an Credential in Online Teaching in Higher Education, also from Roosevelt University.

Her dissertation, titled “Dealing with Diversity: A Rhetorical Analysis of First-Year Composition Textbooks,” examines a corpus of twenty First-Year Composition readers and rhetorics with readings to analyze how the readings included in the texts deal with issues of race, class, gender, sex, religion, disability, language, sexuality, and/or immigrant status. She’s interested in the use of cultural rhetorics, transformative pedagogies, and multimodal literacy in the composition classroom. Her research is deeply entwined with her teaching. 

In her free time, Mary travels with her husband, rides her motorcycle, gardens, and bakes. She also earned a YogaFit certification in 2017 and has hosted free yoga classes for the community.

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