Ligia A. Mihut (pronounced Mee-Hootz) is Assistant Professor of English and the multilingual writing coordinator at Barry University. Ligia graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a PhD in English, specializing in Writing Studies and an MA in TESOL. Her areas of interest include immigrant/global literacies, writing for social justice, and multilingualism. As the multilingual coordinator, her main goal is to affirm and support students and faculty in understanding the richness of diverse literacies and cross-cultural rhetorics. She is currently conducting a study on multilingual literacy histories of Barry students. A concrete example of multilingual action is the publication of Barry student Jehrade Mcintosh’s literacy memoir as blog post featuring his multilingual background.
For 2015-2016, Dr. Mihut will serve as a community engagement faculty fellow at the Center for Community Service Initiatives (CCSI).
Santosh Khadka is Assistant Professor of English at California State University, Northridge. He completed his graduate study at Syracuse University, New York. Prior to moving to Syracuse, he used to be an English lecturer, editor, and interpreter/translator in Nepal. He is currently co-editing a book, From Outside: Narratives from the Othered in the Academy, and a special issue of Journal of Global Literacies, Technologies, and Emerging Pedagogies on multimodality. He has published several articles in journals in the U.S. and abroad. For instance, his “Geopolitics of Grant Writing: Discursive and Stylistic Features of Nonprofit Grant Proposals in Nepal and the United States” was published in Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, while “(Teaching) Essayist Literacy in the Multimedia World” is forthcoming in Composition Forum. Years ago, he also collaborated to edit two comprehensive bilingual dictionaries—Ekta English-Nepali Comprehensive Dictionary, and Ekta Nepali-English Comprehensive Dictionary. He now teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in writing, rhetoric, digital media, and professional communication.
Sara P. Alvarez is Ph.D. Student in Rhetoric and Composition in the Department of English at the University of Louisville (UofL), where she teaches composition courses with a focus on ethnographic methods and community engagement (as depicted in her students’ blogs for ENG 101.
Her current research focuses on the multilingual writing practices of “self-outed” undocumented youth in Kentucky and New York City. Alvarez’s past research ethnographically examined the multilingual social media literacy practices among second-generation Latin@ youth and their transnational families in Kentucky. Alvarez is the recipient of the 2015 NCTE Early Career Educator of Color Leadership Award, and the 2014-2015 Barbara Plattus Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching. Originally from Colombia by way of New York City, Alvarez is rhetorically attuned to writing difference and the importance of understanding the context from which writing emerges. She is the co-editor of the community project book, Living Out Loud, Volume II, a collection of student writing and artwork in Kentucky. In addition, she has participated as a teacher-investigator in the 2015 Digital Media Academy (DMA) at UofL, and the 2015 Latino Leadership College Experience Camp (LLCEC) in Kentucky. Alvarez is also part of the (first ever) Undocumented Students Resource Council (USRC) at UofL. To learn more about the struggles that undocumented students face in attaining higher education, she advises educators to first visit this page: (http://unitedwedream.org/about/history/).
Shyam Sharma is an Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric at Stony Brook University (SUNY). Originally from Nepal, where he used to teach literature and linguistics, Shyam completed his MA and PhD in writing studies from the University of Louisville, specializing in writing in the disciplines. His other interests include multilingualism/translingualism, cross-cultural rhetoric, and multimodality in writing studies. Shyam is involved in a number of professional/social networks that strive to create transnational collaboration among teachers/scholars around the world. He is currently working on a book-length project on international graduate students in the U.S.
Xiaoye You is Yunshan Chair Professor at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, China and associate professor of English and Asian Studies at Pennsylvania State University, USA. He teaches courses in rhetoric and writing. He is interested in comparative rhetoric, translingual writing, and world Englishes. He examined the bilingual and cross-cultural history of English composition in Chinese schools over the last one and half centuries in his book, Writing in the Devil’s Tongue: A History of English Composition in China, which won the 2011 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Outstanding Book Award. His forthcoming book, Cosmopolitan English and Transliteracy, presents both community-based and classroom-based case studies, which he builds upon to propose a pedagogical approach to cosmopolitan language practice and a model for training writing teachers.