Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Nancy C. DeJoy
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Nancy C. DeJoy

Associate Professor

Graduate Faculty

Email: dejoy@msu.edu

Research Areas

Writing Pedagogy, Women’s Studies, Environmental/Nature Writing, Travel Writing; Poetry, Public Art


Nancy C. DeJoy is Associate Professor in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University. In Process This: Undergraduate Writing in Composition Studies she presents an approach to undergraduate writing that reconnects reading and writing to create a pedagogy of participation and contribution. Subsequent scholarship has focused on how research-based writing instruction can integrate information literacy activities in productive ways, especially by refiguring the relationship between reading and writing in ways that enrich content comprehension. DeJoy creates custom materials for first-year writing programs that wish to move toward inquiry-based pedagogies that invite participation (rather than mere consumption) and contribution (rather than adaptation). Her most recent scholarship focuses on the opportunities for inclusion presented to us as a result of the internationalization of higher education in the U. S. She has also published in the areas of community-based litercy education, faculty/librarian partnerships as well as more widely in composition studies. Her poetry appeared in Contemporary American Voices in 2012. Her recent creative and funding resource work focuses on working toward inclusion of poetry and poetics in public art movements. She is the Coordinator of the Sidewalk Poetry Project at Michigan State University (https://lib.msu.edu/poetrycompetitionrules/). DeJoy is currently pursuing a certificate in Museum Studies. She is a graduate of the Summer 2013 Higher Education Resources Services Seminar (HERS) for women.

Representative Work

2018. Illuminating Survivor Voices. (Poetry.) Exhibited at the Broad Art Lab, December 4-12, 2018. More info: https://research.msu.edu/illuminating-survivor-voices-through-the-arts/

2017. Collaborations and Innovations: Supporting Multilingual Writers Across Campus Units.
Co-edited with Beatrice Quarshie Smith.  Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

2017. Permanent Poetry Installation (metal plate etching): “Walking In.” Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame, Lansing, MI.

2017. A Little Militant. A show with poetry and visual arts. Grove Gallery and Studios, East Lansing, MI. “Message Interrupted”; “1 in 4.”

2016. “Integrating the Frameworks in Postsecondary Writing: Disciplinary Literacy in First-Year Composition. With Sara D. Miller and Brian Holcomb. Rewired: Research-Writing Partnerships Within the Frameworks. Ed. Randall McClure. American Association of College and Research Libraries.

2015. Solo Poetry Installation. East Lansing Art Gallery. February.

2013. “Understanding the Relationship Between Good Writing and Good Research: RAIDS Heuristic for Reading and Writing Research" (with Sara Miller and Benjamin Oberdick). Successful Strategies for Teaching Undergraduate Research. Rowan Littlefield. 

2012. Contemporary American Voices. (Poetry.) “Being and Not Being”; “Spike Heels”; “Age and Change.” https://contemporaryamericanvoices.wordpress.com/

2011. Reading and Writing Literacies, second edition (with Collin Craig, Steven Lessner and Bonnie Williams). New York: Pearson/Longman. https://www.amazon.com/Reading-Writing-Literacies-Michigan-University/dp/1256307262

2004. Process This: Undergraduate Writing in Composition Studies. Utah State University Press. http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/usupress_pubs/150/

1999. “I was a Process-Model Baby.” Post-Process Writing Pedagogies. Ed. Thomas Kent. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 163-178. https://www.amazon.com/Post-Process-Theory-Beyond-Writing-Process-Paradigm/dp/0809322447/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1501524901&sr=1-1&keywords=9780809322442