Selections from my curriculum vita, updated September 25, 2014:

Molly J. Scanlon, Ph.D.


Ph.D. Rhetoric and Writing Virginia Tech. Blacksburg, Virginia. May 2013.

M.A. English: Rhetoric and Composition Concentration University of Maryland. College Park, Maryland. December 2008.

B.A. Professional Writing York College of Pennsylvania. York, Pennsylvania. May 2006.

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor of Writing, Nova Southeastern University, Davie, Florida; August 2013 – Present

    • COMP 1000: Basic Writing
    • COMP 1500: College Writing
    • COMP 2000: Advanced College Writing
    • COMP 2000H: Honors Advanced College Writing
    • UNIV 1012: Language and Identity
    • WRIT 5010: Research Methods

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia; August 2009 – May 2013

    • Assistant to the Director of Composition, 2011—2013
    • Assisted ENGL 5004: Theory and Practice of University Writing Instruction
    • ENGL 3754: Advanced Composition
    • ENGL 1106: Writing From Research
    • ENGL 1105: Special Section for Engineering Students
    • ENGL 1105: First-year Writing
    • Assisted ENGL 3744: Writing Center Theory and Practice

Editor/Writer, Dr. Roger J. Oldham, MD FACS; September 2009 – September 2012

    • Write daily blogs for search engine optimization (SEO)
    • Edit website content
    • Manage website photo gallery
    • Direct Dr. Oldham’s online presence via social networks, online profiles and third-party physician directory accounts 


Forthcoming. Scanlon, Molly. “The Work of Multimodal Composition: Comics Collaborations and Their Implications for Writing Scholarship and Pedagogy.” Composition Studies, 43.1 (Spring 2015).

Forthcoming. Scanlon, Molly. “Review of The Comics of Chris Ware: Drawing Is a Way of Thinking.” ImageTexT.

Ekoniak, Mike, Jean Mohammadi-Aragh, and Molly Scanlon. “Work in Progress: Improving Student Writing Through Multiple Peer Feedback.” 2013 Frontiers in Education: Energizing the Future. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Anthony, Libby, Kathy Kerr, and Molly Scanlon. “A Hitchhiker’s Guide to (Community) Literacy: An Interview with Eli C. Goldblatt.” Reflections. 12.1, Spring 2012. Featured on journal website

Scanlon, Molly. “Comics, Journalism, and War Discourse.” Public Knowledge Journal. 3.1, May 2011.

Current Research

Faculty Identity Construction; Molly Scanlon, PhD; Claire Lutkwitte, PhD; Juliette Kitchens, PhD; Allison Brimmer, PhD

In this collaborative research project, four assistant professors of writing from Nova Southeastern University are investigating the experiences of new faculty (tenure- or non-tenure-track assistant professors in their first three years of full time employment) in order to understand the phenomenon of professional identity construction, from academic training (graduate school, etc.) to the job search experience, to the first few years of full-time appointment. In order to learn about the commonalities among experiences through this professional transition, we will poll a large, representative population of colleagues in writing studies in their first three years ofemployment. We will then follow up with personal interviews to explore more specific tactics faculty use to construct a professional identity through teaching, research, and service in their transition from junior colleagues to professionals in faculty positions. The innovative research methods involved in this project have promise for broadly-impacting outcomes and longitudinal data collection for future research.

Previous Research

Doctoral Dissertation, Diana George, Virginia Tech

Expected Defense March 2013

“Multimodal Composition and the Rhetoric of Comics: A Study of Comics Teams in Collaboration.” With collaboration scholarship and genre analysis at the core of my study, I am conducting personal interviews with comics writers and artists to learn about their collaborative composing practices. I am looking to identify how different genres operate within the comics medium and how a collaborative team of writers and artists work together to create multimodal comic texts.


Favorite Faculty Award (Student Nominated), Housing & Residence Life – Virginia Tech (Spring 2012) 


  • Forthcoming. “The Risks and Rewards of Feminist Methodology in Community-Based Learning and Research.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Tampa, FL, March 18-21, 2015.
  • “’Write Your Name Somewhere Else:’ The Local Street Art Movement in Blacksburg, Virginia.” Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association. Chicago, Illinois. April 16-19, 2014.
  • “Multimodal Composition and the Rhetoric of Comics: A Study of Comics Teams in Collaboration.” Modern Language Association. Chicago, Illinois. January 9-12, 2014.
  • “Improving Student Writing Through Multiple Peer Feedback.” Frontiers in Education. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. October 23-26, 2013.
  • “Negotiating Issues of Literacy and Writer Identity in the Multimodal Medium of Comics.” The Conference on College Composition and Communication. St. Louis, Missouri. March 21-24, 2012.
  • Invited Panelist: “New Media, New Ideas Graduate Conference Roundtable.” 2nd Annual James Madison University Graduate Symposium. Harrisonburg, Virginia. April 22, 2011.
  •  “Intercultural Communication and Cultural Difference in Web Comics.” 2nd Annual James Madison University Graduate Symposium. Harrisonburg, Virginia. April 22, 2011.
  • “Knowledge and Power: Comics Journalism and War Discourse,” The Conference on College Composition and Communication. Atlanta, Georgia. April 6-9, 2011.
  • “Making the Leap: The Role of the Writing Center in Transitioning from High School to College Writing,” The National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing (NCPTW). Baltimore, Maryland. November 4-6, 2010.
  • “Comics Journalism as a Challenge to Mainstream Media,” The Watson Conference. University of Louisville. October 14-16, 2010.

Professional Service

Nova Southeastern University

Team Writing, 2013 – Present
Foundations of Excellence, Roles and Purposes Committee, 2013 – 2014
MA in Writing Workshop: “Applying to MFA and PhD Programs in Writing” 2013
Broward Heart Walk Team Member/Fundraiser 2014
Poster Judge, 2014 Undergraduate Student Symposium

Virginia Tech

Graduate Assistant to the Director of Composition
PhD Representative, Composition Committee
Custom Publication Revision Committee, Composition at Virginia Tech
Mentor, Teaching Practicum – two First-year GTAs (Fall 2009/2010)
Writing Center Graduate Peer Coach (Summer 2011)
Graduate Honor System, Panelist
English Department Graduate/Undergraduate Mentor
GUMP – Graduate/Undergraduate Mentoring Program, The Graduate School
Graduate Assistant to the Director & Assistant Director of the Writing Center
Relay for Life – English Department Graduate Student Fundraising Team

Reflections: A Journal of Public Rhetoric, Civic Literacy, and Service Learning

Assistant Editor, (January 2012—present)

Enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture

Copy Editor, (August 2010—present)

Bedford/St. Martin’s Publishing

2011 Teaching Assistant Advisory Board
Review: The Bedford Book of Genres, 1st Ed.: Amy Braziller & Elizabeth   Kleinfeld (Spring 2012)
Review: Understanding Rhetoric, 1st Ed.: Liz Losh & Jonathan Alexander (Spring 2011)

Cengage Learning

Review: CrossCurrents, 1st Ed.:  (Spring 2012)

International Writing Center Association (IWCA)

Reviewer, Proposal Submissions (2010 Meeting: Baltimore, Maryland)

Professional Affiliations

National Council for the Teachers of English (NCTE) 2007 – Present
College Composition and Communication (CCC) 2007 – Present
Modern Language Association (MLA) 2010 – Present
American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) 2013 – Present
Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) 2014 – Present