Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Trixie Smith
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Trixie Smith

Director, The Writing Center and Red Cedar Writing Project

Graduate Faculty

Office: 300E Bessey Hall

Email: smit1254@msu.edu

Twitter: @tgsmith12

Skype: TrixieSmith

Google: tgsmith12

Research Areas

Writing Centers, Queer Rhetorics, Pedagogy, Embodiment, Community Composing 


I’m Trixie G. Smith, Director of The Writing Center and a member of the faculty in Rhetoric & Writing as well as the Center for Gender in Global Contexts at Michigan State University. Since joining the faculty at MSU in August 2007, I have taught WRA/ENG 395 Writing Center Theory and Practice (formerly ENG 391) AL 891 Writing Center Theory and Administration, AL 878 Composition Studies, and AL 980 Queer Rhetorics. I’m excited to begin teaching for the Women’s Studies program, including the core course for our soon to be finalized LGBTQ concentration.

After earning a BA in English and Elementary Education from Mobile College, I spent several years teaching middle and high school students in southern Alabama. I then headed to The University of South Carolina where I earned an MA in English (Renaissance Drama), an MLIS in Library and Information Science, and a PhD in Composition and Rhetoric, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies. My teaching and research are infused with issues of gender and activism even as they revolve around writing center theory and practice, writing across the curriculum, writing pedagogy, and teacher training. Likewise these areas often intersect with my interests in pop culture, service learning, and the idea that we’re just humans learning with/from other humans (you know, with bodies, feelings, lives outside the academy). I love it when my interests are able to intersect in faculty workshops, conference sessions, and professional development in the writing center. 


Ph.D., English: Composition and Rhetoric (Concentration: Gender Studies, Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies), Univ of South Carolina
M.A., English: Renaissance Drama, University of South Carolina MLIS, University of South Carolina
B.A., English and Elementary Education (Minor: Music, Teaching Fields: Language Arts and Msuic), University of Mobile 

Representative Work

Smith, Trixie G. “My Butch Wears a Hot Pink Bra: When Reality Interrupts Theory.” The Writing Instructor. 2015-03.

Smith, Allison D., and Trixie G. Smith. The Pop Culture Zone: Writing Critically About Pop Culture, 2nd ed. Boston: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2015.

Smith, Trixie G, Allison D. Smith, with Holly T. Hamby. Building Bridges through Writing. Southlake, TX: Fountainhead Press, 2014.

Smith, Trixie G., Janice C. Molloy, Eva Kassens-Noor, Wen Li, and Manuel Colunga-Garcia. “Developing a Heuristic for Multidisciplinary Faculty Writing Groups: A Case Study.” Working with Faculty Writers. Eds. Anne Ellen Geller and Michele Eodice. Utah State UP, 2013.


Manthey, Katie, Trixie G. Smith, and Jessica Tess. “Coming Out as Other in the Graduate Writing Classroom: Feminist Pedagogical Moves for Mentoring Community Activists.” Accepted for the collection Composing Feminist Interventions: Activism, Engagement, Praxis (Eds. Lee Nickoson and Kris Blair).

Cox, Matthew, and Trixie Smith. "Assembling Queer Professionals: The Fulfillment of Mentoring Across Identities." Accepted for the collection The Pleasures of Identity: Living Queer (eds. Jacqueline Rhodes and Ellen M. Gil-Gomez).

Smith, Trixie G. ““Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends”: Short Term Writing Center and Community Collaborations.” Invited chapter for WAC Partnerships Among Secondary and Post-Secondary Institutions: An Introduction to WAC and Partnerships That Cross Academic Levels and Disciplines. Eds. Pamela Childers and Jacob Blumner. (forthcoming, Perspectives on Writing Series with the WAC Clearinghouse)

Brooks-Gillies, Marilee, Elena Garcia, Soo Kim, Katie Manthey, and Trixie Smith. Eds. Graduate Writing Across the Disciplines: Identifying, Teaching, and Supporting. Under review with WAC Clearinghouse Publishers.

Selected Courses Taught

Queer Rhetorics
Embodied Rhetorics
American Cultural Rhetorics

Writing Center Theory and Administration
Methods of Teaching Writing  

Research or Academic Affiliations

Center for Gender in Global Contexts, MSU
Red Cedar Writing Project, Director
MA in CSLP, Advisor
National Organizations: IWCA, NWSA, CCCC, NCTE, NWP Regional: ECWCA, SWCA, MiWCA