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Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Department of Writing
Rhetoric & American Cultures


Kenlea Pebbles

PhD Student

Office: 300 Bessey Hall

Email: pebbles1@msu.edu

Research Areas

ESL and business rhetorics, Native American rhetorics, feminist rhetorics, cultural rhetorics, environmental rhetorics, visual and digital rhetorics


My research interests are writing and rhetoric around ESL, specifically in the contexts of Lingua Franca of English of business rhetorics and Native American rhetorics in the context of feminist, cultural, as well as visual and digital rhetorics. 

Representative Work

The 68th Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) presentation " Indigenous Women’s Voices and Words: How Social Media can Create Awareness and Change" Portland OR March 2017

Cultural Rhetorics Conference "Whose Voice and Space: A look at white space and rhetorical sovereignty in St. Kitts' memory of colonization" East Lansing, Michigan Sept/Oct 2016

The 65th Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) presentation "Whose Right?: A Linguistic Study of Competing Rights in Idle No More" Indianapolis, Indiana March 2014

The 64th Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) presentation “We Are Self and Other: Critical thought, freshman composition, and connection and differentiation” Las Vegas, Nevada March 2013

The 62nd Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) presentation “What Is Red and White All Over? The Battle of Written Words” Atlanta, Georgia March 2011

Learn Today, Teach Tomorrow (LTTT): a student conference for future educators presentation on teacher support for ESL students (two sessions) “Meeting the Needs of Second Language Learners” CMU--Mount Pleasant May 2009

LTTT presentation on “ESL Resources, Support Materials and Services for Education Majors” CMU--Mount Pleasant May 2008

“Online Consulting for ESL Students,” panel presentation at the 26th Annual East Central Writing Centers Association (ECWCA) Conference Seton Hill University March 2004

“Practicing Positive Language in the Writing Center,” panel presentation at the 26th Annual ECWCA Conference Seton Hill University March 2004

“First-time Tutoring Experiences,” panel presentation at the 11th Annual Michigan Writing Centers Association Conference University of Michigan--Flint Oct. 2003

Co-author for the book addendum of Language, Identity, and Writing by MaryAnn Crawford et al. Published by CMU as a textbook for CMU Basic Writing courses: ENG 100 and103 Aug. 2011 Invited Presentations and Guest Lecturer

Native American Indigenous Summer Enrichment Program (NAISEC) Writing Seminar for 40+ 7th to 12th grade students July 2014

Guest lecturer on Tokyo Godfathers for “Literary Dimensions in Film”: ENG 326 CMU--Mount Pleasant March 2012

Guest lecturer on Barefoot Gen for “Representing Human Rights in Art Literature and Film”: Hon 321B CMU--Mount Pleasant March 2011

“Speak Up, Speak Out” panel representative for ESL on the topic of “Education Policies, K-12: Local, State, National” in reaction to changes and updates in No Child Left Behind (NCLB) issues and changes in education policies in the local town/city and RESD levels to the state of Michigan and nationally CMU--Mount Pleasant, Michigan Oct 2007

Conducted ESL and Chinese culture session for CMU’s Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions faculty and staff as a 2-hour training session to prepare the faculty and staff to work with the students and faculty who came to CMU for a one-month program from the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine CMU--Mount Pleasant July 2006

Conducted the ESL training for the CMU Education Department Oaxaca Student Trip. Prepared students with basic ESL language building lessons and skills with a 2-hour training session prior to leaving to work in English classes at an orphanage and K-8 school CMU—Mount Pleasant May 2006  

Awards and Recognitions

Received multiple academic scholarships and honors, including the following:
Cultural Heritage Informatics (CHI) Fellowship academic years: 2016-2017
Nomination by Excellence in Teaching Committee for the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences Gold Award for Excellence in Teaching (fixed-term faculty) academic years: 2015-2016
John E. Warriner Scholarship, Central Michigan University academic year: 2004- 2005

Research or Academic Affiliations

Cultural Heritage Informatics (CHI) Fellowship at MSU