Ryan Shirey


I arrived at the study and teaching of writing through my work as a Writing Center tutor and the pursuit of a Graduate Certificate in the Teaching of College Writing during my Ph.D. coursework in English and American literature at Washington University in St. Louis. While my initial training was in literary studies, I found that my teaching and research interests began to develop along lines that led me closer to the work being done by scholars and teachers in Rhetoric and Writing Studies. These interests included digital literacies, multimodal composition, genre theory, and Writing Center pedagogy (across a wide spectrum of theoretical concerns). I remain an engaged literature scholar (with interests in British Romanticism, Modernism, Scottish literature, and crime and detective fiction), but I devote most of my attention to collaborating with the peer tutors of the WFU Writing Center and coordinating their scheduling, training, and assessment as Director of the Writing Center. I have a passion for Writing Center work and believe deeply in our mission as an alternative site for peer-oriented learning on this campus. I am also committed to the idea of creating a vibrant, interdisciplinary culture of writing here at Wake Forest, and I believe that such a goal is precisely where the interests of the Writing Center and the Writing Program complement one another beautifully.

What will you build?

A digital map? A web exhibit? A course blog anthologized at the end of the semester? A collaboratively annotated critical edition of primary sources? Paintings or art prints digitized to support deep zoom? Or something else?

Whatever you imagine, we can build with you.

  • Digital Humanities Research Designer

    Carrie consults on the development of digitally-inflected scholarly projects. She assists faculty and faculty-student research teams in deciding the best platforms for showcasing their work and for visualizing their data. Recently Carrie has collaborated with faculty to design digital exhibits of rare materials using Omeka and has assisted with integrating technology into class projects.

  • Scholarly Communication Librarian

    Molly consults on copyright and author rights management issues for scholarly projects and products. She assists faculty in understanding their intellectual property rights as content creators, and in assessing rights and permissions when projects incorporate others’ copyrighted works.