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Kenlea Pebbles

Ph.D. 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


I apply cultural rhetorics and linguistic frameworks to research how Native American and other marginalized community rhetorics intersect with legal rhetorics around environmental-based water rhetorics.


Secondary Teacher Certification in ESL and English, Central Michigan University, 2009       

M.A. in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), Central Michigan University, 2005 
B.A. in English and B.A. in Anthropology, minor in International Studies and teaching minors in Social Studies and Sociology, University of Michigan–Flint, 2002

Representative Work


Native Waters: A website on Indigenous water movements through an Indigenous lens
nativewaters.matrix.msu.edu (Pending: November 2017)

Language, Identity, and Writing, a book addendum with the assignments and supplemental readings for CMU’s Basic Writing textbook by MaryAnn Crawford, Kenlea Pebbles, Linda Peterson, Emily Pioszak, Lori Rodgers, and Casey Taber
Published by CMU for ENG 100 and103               Aug. 2011


39th Annual East Central Writing Centers Association Conference (ECWCA).
“Roundtable Discussion on the Experience of Conducting Multi-tiered Writing Center Research”
Dowagiac, MI               
March 2017

68th Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). 
“Indigenous Women’s Voices and Words: How social media can create awareness and change”
Portland, OR                                   ‘
March 2017

2nd 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

65th CCCC.
“Whose Right?: A Linguistic Study of Competing Rights in Idle No More”
Indianapolis, IN                         
March 2014

64th CCCC.
“We Are Self and Other: Critical thought, freshman composition, and connection and differentiation”               
Las Vegas, Nevada                                               
March 2013

62nd CCCC.
“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 educator’s presentation on teacher support for ESL students (two sessions).
“Meeting the Needs of Second Language Learners” 
CMU–Mount Pleasant                                      
May 2009

“ESL Resources, Support Materials and Services for Education Majors”   
CMU–Mount Pleasant                                         
May 2008

26th Annual East Central Writing Centers Association (ECWCA).
“Online Consulting for ESL Students”
Seton Hill University                             
March 2004
26th Annual ECWCA Conference.
“Practicing Positive Language in the Writing Center”
Seton Hill University                              
March 2004

11th Annual Michigan Writing Centers Association Conference.
“First-time Tutoring Experiences”
University of Michigan–Flint                                        
Oct 2003

Invited Presentations and Guest Lecturer

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

Tokyo Godfathers guest lecturer. “Literary Dimensions in Film”: ENG 326
March 2012

Barefoot Gen guest lecturer.
“Representing Human Rights in Art Literature and Film”: Hon 321
March 2011

Speak Up, Speak Out.
“Education Policies, K-12: Local, State, National”
Oct 2007

CMU Education Department Oaxaca Student Trip. Basic ESL language building lessons and skills for K-8 school  
May 2006-2007

Chinese culture faculty and staff training session. CMU’s Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions and Beijing University of Chinese Medicine
July 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

National Endowment for the Humanities
“Native Grounds” Summer Scholar Fellow

MSU Cultural Heritage Informatics (CHI) Fellow