Smiling woman with short white hair, a black shirt, and a blue sweater.

Trixie Long Smith

Associate Professor; Director of the Writing Center and Red Cedar Writing Project; Graduate Faculty
Office: 300E Bessey Hall

Research Areas

Cultural Rhetorics, Embodiment, Community Engagement, Writing Centers, WAC/WID


Trixie Long Smith is Director of The Writing Center and the Red Cedar Writing Project at Michigan State University, as well as faculty in Writing, Rhetoric & American Cultures and the Center for Gender in Global Contexts. Since joining the faculty at MSU in August 2007, she has taught a wide range of courses. Her teaching and research are infused with issues of gender, queerness, and activism even as they revolve around writing center theory and practice, WAC/WID, writing pedagogy, and teacher training. Likewise these areas often intersect with her interests in embodiment, community and global engagement, and the idea that we’re just humans learning with/from other humans (you know, with bodies, feelings, lives outside the academy). She has served on numerous boards and committees including the CCCC Executive Committee, ECWCA, IWCA, and MiWCA and spends much of her time helping develop research and writing centers globally.


Ph.D. in English (Comp/Rhet focus), University of South Carolina

MLIS and M.A. in English, University of South Carolina

B.A. in English and Elementary Ed., University of Mobile 

Representative Work

Smith, Trixie G. “Collaging the Classroom, the Personal, and the Critical: Autoethnographic Writing in the National Writing Project.” Self+Culture+Writing: Autoethnography for/as Writing Studies. Eds. Rebecca Jackson and Jackie Grutsch McKinney. Utah State UP, 2021.

Cox, Matthew B., Elise Dixon, Katie Manthey, Maria Novotny, Rachel Robinson, and Trixie G. Smith. “Embodiment, Relationality, and Constellation: A Cultural Rhetorics Story of Doctoral Writing.” Reimagining Doctoral Writing. Eds. Cecile Badenhorst, Brittany Amell, and James Burford. WAC Clearinghouse International Exchanges on the Study of Writing Series. UP of Colorado, 2021.

Bryant, Katie, Codie Fortin Lalonde, Rachel Robinson, and Trixie G. Smith. “Writing and Research Across the Globe: An Innovative North-North-South-South Collaboration.” Canadian Journal for Studies in Discourse and Writing 30 (Summer 2020).

William P. Banks, Michael J. Faris, Collie Fulford, Timothy Oleksiak, Pat Patterson, and Trixie G. Smith. “Writing Program Administration: A Queer Symposium.” WPA Journal 43.2 (Spring 2020). 

Brooks-Gillies, Marilee, Elena G. Garcia, Soo Kim, Katie Manthey, and Trixie Smith. Eds. Graduate Writing Across the Disciplines: Identifying, Teaching, and Supporting. Boulder: WAC Clearinghouse Publishers/U Colorado P, 2020. 

Smith, Trixie G, Katie Manthey, Philip Bratta, Ezekiel Choffel, Wonderful Faison, John Gagnon, Scotty Secrist. “Reflections on/of Embodiment: Bringing our Whole Selves to Class.” Feminist Pedagogies 28 (Spring 2019).

Smith, Trixie. “Writing Is/As Communal.” Explanation Points: Publishing in Rhetoric and Composition, John R. Gallagher and Danielle Nicole DeVoss, eds. Logan: Utah State UP, 2019.

Manthey, Katie, Trixie G. Smith, and Jessica Tess. “Coming Out as Other in the Graduate Writing Classroom: Feminist Pedagogical Moves for Mentoring Community Activists.” Composing Feminist Interventions: Activism, Engagement, Praxis. Eds. Lee Nickoson and Kris Blair. Perspectives on Writing Series. Fort Collins, CO: WAC Clearinghouse and Parlor Press, 2018.

Hallman, Rebecca, Ezekiel Choffel, with Trixie G. Smith. “(Re)Focusing Qualitative Methods for Writing Center Research.” The Peer Review. Issue 0 (Fall 2015). http://thepeerreview-

Smith, Trixie G. ““Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends”: Short Term Writing Center and Community Collaborations.” 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. Perspectives on Writing Series. Fort Collins, CO: WAC Clearinghouse and Parlor Press, 2016.

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

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

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

Smith, Trixie G., and Darowski, Joseph J., eds. Movies, Music, and More: Advancing Popular Culture in the Classroom . Southlake, TX: Fountainhead Press, 2011.

Koenig, Deanna, and Trixie G. Smith. “Incorporating the MBTI into Tutor Training Increases Client Satisfaction with The Writing Center.” ReCUR 1.2 (Dec 2010): 14-20.

Smith, Allison D., Trixie G. Smith, and Stacia Watkins. The Pop Culture Zone: Writing Critically About Pop Culture. Boston: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2009.

Bobbitt, Rebecca, Allison D. Smith, and Trixie G. Smith. Teaching in the Pop Culture Zone: Using Popular Culture in the Writing Classroom. Boston: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2009.

Rollins, Brooke, Trixie G. Smith, and Evelyn Westbrook. “Collusion and Collaboration: Concealing Authority in the Writing Center.” (E)Merging Identities: Working with Graduate Students in the Writing Center. Ed. Melissa Nicholas. Southlake, TX: Fountainhead Press, 2008.119-39.

Smith, Trixie G. “Back to the Center: Becoming the ‘University’ Writing Center at MTSU.” Southern Discourse 10.3 (Summer 2007). 8-9.

Smith, Allison D., Trixie G. Smith, and Karen Wright, editors. COMPbiblio: Leaders and Influences in Composition Theory and Practice. Southlake, TX: Fountainhead Press, 2007.

Smith, Trixie G. “Southeastern Writing Center Association 2007 Conference “Static and (dis)Harmony: Tuning into Writing Centers in the Music City.” Southern Discourse 9.3 (Summer 2006) 12.

Smith, Trixie G., and Alan Coulter. “A Conversation about Writing Centers: TWCC Connects Tennessee Centers.” Southern Discourse 9.1 (Fall 2005): 1.

Hale, Gwendolyn, and Trixie G. Smith. “Finding Our Center in Charleston: Reflections from the 2005 SWCA Conference.” Southern Discourse 8.3 (Summer 2005): 12-13.

Smith, Allison D., and Trixie G. Smith, eds. Surviving Freshman Composition. 3rd ed. Boston: Pearson Custom Publishing, 2006. (Co-writer for chapters: “Editing,” “Doing Research,” and “Using MLA”) (2nd ed. 2004; 1st ed. 2003)

Smith, Trixie G. “Keeping Track: Librarians, Composition Instructors, and Student Writers Use the Research Journal.” Research Strategies 18.1 (2002): 21-8.

Selected Courses Taught

  • WRA 891 Queer Rhetorics; Embodied Rhetorics
  • WRA 848 Cultural Rhetorics
  • WRA 889 Writing Center Theory and Administration

Research or Academic Affiliations

MSU: Core Faculty—Center for Gender in Global Context; Alliance for African Partners

Inter/national: CCCC—Executive Committee; IWCA; IWAC; NCTE

Regional: ECWCA—Treasurer; MiWCA

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