Biography of Tanya Cochran

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Full Title: Associate Professor of English, College Writing Coordinator, Director of the Studio for Writing and Speaking
Building: Dick Building
Room Number: 409-B
Email: tacochra [at] ucollege [dot] edu
Work Phone: 2325
Departments: Division of Humanities - 402.486.2523
Job Description:

Dr. Tanya R. Cochran joined the Division of Humanities in July 2005 and finished her doctoral studies in Rhetoric and Composition at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA, in December 2009. Dr. Cochran teaches first-year writing (ENGL 100, 111, and 112), coordinates the College Writing program, directs the Studio for Writing and Speaking, and organizes the Union College Board of Trustees Writing Awards. Every fall she co-teaches with Sabrina Riley HONS 398, Research Methods; every spring HONS 112, Research and Composition; and every other year COPR 332, Rhetoric. Her doctoral coursework focused on composition studies, the history of rhetoric, writing centers, and the intersection of faith and learning. Her dissertation allowed her to return to her first loves--rhetorical and cultural studies--by exploring the scholar-fan community interested in the works of Joss Whedon. Ongoing research and publication topics include fan activism, media paratexts, and narratology.

Academic Background
  • Ph.D., Rhetoric and Composition, Georgia State University, 2009
  • M.A., Rhetoric and Composition, University of Tennessee Chattanooga, 2000
  • B.A., English, Southern College of Seventh-day Adventists, 1995
Campus & Community Involvement:

Academic and Community Service

  • President, Whedon Studies Association, 2012-present
  • Human Subjects Review Board, August 2010-present
  • Member, Faculty Instructional Technology Subcommittee, 2009-present
  • Editorial Board Member, Slayage: The Journal of the Whedon Studies Association, 2008-present
  • Editorial Board Member, Watcher Junior: The Undergraduate Journal of Whedon Studies, 2005-present
  • Sabbath School Leader, New Creation Community, 2005-present
  • Member, Professoriate Committee, 2009-2012
  • Elder, New Creation Community, January 2009-2011
  • Secretary-Treasurer, Whedon Studies Association, 2008-2012
  • Member, Wellness Committee, 2007-2010
  • Co-sponsor, Peace and Social Justice Club, 2006-2010
  • Chair, Science Fiction and Fantasy Area, National Popular Culture Association, 2006-2010

Professional Associations

  • Adventist English Association (AEA)
  • Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition (CWHRC)
  • International Writing Centers Association (IWCA)
  • National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
  • Nebraska Writing Centers Consortium (NWCC)
  • Midwest Writing Centers Association (MWCA)
  • Popular and American Culture Association (PCA/ACA)
  • Popular and American Culture Associations in the South (PCAS/ACAS)
  • Sigma Tau Delta
  • Whedon Studies Association
Professional Background:

Previous to working at Union, Dr. Cochran taught first-year writing at Georgia State University (2003-2004) and Southern Adventist University (2002-2003); English as a Foreign Language in Prague, Czech Republic (1995-1996 and 2001-2002); and English and Yearbook at Fletcher Academy in Fletcher, NC (1996-1997).

Publications:

Journals

  • Cochran, Tanya R. “’Past the Brink of Tacit Support’: Fan Activism and the Whedonverses.” Ed. Henry Jenkins and Sangita Shresthova. Transformative Works and Fan Activism. Spec. issue of Transformative Works and Cultures, 10 (2012): n. pag. Web. 15 June 2012.
  • ---. Rev. of Fandom: Identities and Communities in a Mediated World by Jonathan Gray, Cornel Sandvoss, and C. Lee Harrington. Studies in Popular Culture 31.1 (Fall 2008): 123-125. Print.
  • ---, and Rhonda V. Wilcox. “A New Frontier: Whedon Studies and Firefly/Serenity.” Introduction. Slayage: The Online International Journal of Buffy Studies 7.1 (Feb. 2008): n. pag. Web. 12 Dec. 2010.
  • ---. Rev. of Negotiating Religious Faith in the Composition Classroom. Ed. Elizabeth Vander Lei and bonnie lenore kyburz. Composition Studies 34.2 (Fall 2006): 150-53. Print.
  • ---, et al. “‘Let’s Research’: Inviting Tutors into the Conversation.” Southern Discourse: A Publication of the Southeastern Writing Center Association 8.3 (Summer 2005): 6-9. Print.
  • ---. Rev. of Slayage: The Online International Journal of Buffy Studies. FEMSPEC 6.2 (2005): n. pag. Print.
  • ---, Beth Burmester, and Beth Godbee. “Echoing Narratives, or Chris Anson at Work and Play.” Southern Discourse: A Publication of the Southeastern Writing Center Association 8.1 (Fall 2004): 5-6, 9. Print.

Anthologies

  • Cochran, Tanya R. “A Legendary Tale: Scapers and the Myth of Fan Power.” The Worlds of Farscape: Essays on the Groundbreaking Television Series. Ed. Sherry Ginn. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2013. Print. 168-184.
  • ---. “‘Let’s Watch a Girl’: Whedon, Buffy, and Fans in Action.” Fan Phenomena: Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Ed. Jennifer K. Stuller. Chicago: Intellect/U of Chicago P, 2013. 28-37. Fan Phenomena Series.
  • ---.“Neptune (Non-)Consensual: The Risky Business of Television Fandom, Falling in Love, and Playing the Victim.” Investigating Veronica Mars: Essays on the Teen Detective Series. Ed. Rhonda V. Wilcox and Sue Turnbull. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2011. 167-187. Print.
  • ---. “And the Myth Becomes Flesh.” Buffy in the Classroom: Essays on Teaching with the Vampire Slayer. Ed. Jodie A. Kreider and Meghan K. Winchell. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2010. 35-45. Print.
  • ---, and Beth Godbee. “Making It Count: Mentoring as Cultural Currency.” Mentoring Stories. Ed. Michelle Eble and Lynée Lewis Gaillet. West Lafayette, IN: Parlor, 2008. 301-305. Print.
  • ---, and Rhonda V. Wilcox, eds. Investigating Firefly and Serenity: Science Fiction on the Frontier. New York: Tauris, 2008. Print.
  • ---. “The Browncoats Are Coming!: Firefly, Serenity, and Fan Activism.” Investigating Firefly and Serenity: Science Fiction on the Frontier. Ed. Rhonda V. Wilcox and Tanya R. Cochran. New York: Tauris, 2008. 239-49. Print.
  • ---, and Jason A. Edwards. “Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Quest Story: Revising the Hero, Reshaping the Myth.” Sith, Slayers, Stargates + Cyborgs: Modern Mythology in the New Millennium. Ed. David Whitt and John Perlich. New York: Peter Lang, 2008. 134-169. Print.
  • ---. “Complicating the Open Closet: The Visual Rhetoric of Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Sapphic Lovers.” Televising Queer Women. Ed. Rebecca Beirne. New York: Palgrave, 2008. 49-63. Print.
Presentations:

Selected Presentations—Individual

  • Cochran, Tanya R. “A Legendary Tale: Scapers and the Myth of Fan Power.” Popular and American Culture Association. Wardman Park Marriott, Washington, D.C. 27 Mar. 2013. Address.
  • ---.“Place as Paratext: A Scholar-(Anti-)Fan’s Journey to Twilight Country.” Popular and American Culture Associations in the South. Hutton Hotel, Nashville, TN. 28 September 2012. Address.
  • ---. “By Beholding, We Become Changed: Joss Whedon, (Anti-)Fandom, and Lived Religion.” The 5th Biennial Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada. 13 June 2012. Address.
  • ---. “The Transubstantiation of Narrative: How and Why Joss Whedon Moves Us.” University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia. 16 May 2012. Invited Address.
  • ---. “Paratextual Mediation: Fox, Fandom, and Fringe Fridays.” Popular and American Culture Association. Boston Marriott Copley Place, Boston, MA. 12 Apr. 2012. Address.
  • ---. “’Past the Brink of Tacit Support’: Composition Pedagogy and the Citizen-Fan Activist.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Renaissance Grand Hotel and America’s Center, St. Louis, MO. 24 Mar. 2012. Address.
  • ---. “Paratexts with Superpowers: How Trailers, Action Figures, and Other Peripherals Impact Audience Reception.” Catwoman to Katniss: Villainesses and Heroines of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Middle Tennessee State University. Embassy Suites, Murfreesboro, TN. 15 Mar. 2012. Address.
  • ---. “The Monomyth in the Classroom: The Role of Myth and Storytelling in Pedagogy.” Society of Adventist Communicators. Westin Lombard Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL. 21 Oct. 2011. Address.
  • ---. “Fandom, Fox, and Fringe Fridays, or How Television Trailers Argue.” Popular and American Culture Associations in the South. J.W. Marriott, New Orleans, LA. 6 Oct. 2011. Address.
  • ---. “Activism in the Writing Center: Multiple Identities, Multiple Stories.” Nebraska Writing Centers Consortium. Bellevue University, Omaha, NE. 23 Sept. 2011. Address and Workshop.
  • ---. “'Past the Brink of Tacit Support’: Fan Activism and the Whedonverses.” Joint Conference of the Popular and American Culture Association and the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association. San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter Hotel and San Antonia Riverwalk Hotel, San Antonio, TX. 21 Apr. 2011. Address.
  • ---. “Whedon Fan-Scholars and Scholar-Fans: Life in the Shadowlands.” The 4th Biennial Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses. Flagler College, St. Augustine, FL. 5 June 2010. Featured Speech.
  • ---. “‘And That Makes Us Mighty’: Joss Whedon, His Fans, and the Rhetoric of Activism,” Popular and American Culture Association. San Francisco Marriott, San Francisco, CA. 21 Mar. 2008. Address.
  • ---. “Negotiating Faith and Learning in the Writing Classroom: A Teacher and Student Case Study.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Hilton New York, New York, NY. 23 Mar. 2007. Address.

Selected Presentations—Collaborative

  • Cochran, Tanya R., Rasha Diab, Beth Godbee, and Manisha Pathak-Shelat. “(En)Acting Gender Equity: Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed for Gender Sensitization.” Women’s Worlds. Carleton University and University of Ottawa. Ottawa-Gatineau, Ontario, Canada. 4 July 2011. Address and workshop.
  • ---, and Jill Morstad. “Locating the Soul of Feminist Advocacy.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. 20th Anniversary Feminist Workshop Retrospective: The History and Future of a Space and Its Knowledges. Pre-CCCCs Workshop. Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, GA. 6 Apr. 2011. Address and workshop.
  • ---, and Rasha Diab. “Toward a Peaceable Rhetoric and Pedagogy: An Academic Dialogue.” Nebraska Writing Centers Consortium. Union College, Lincoln, NE. 24 Sept. 2010. Address.
  • ---, “Metaphors We Live and Die By: Rhetoric as Philosophy in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga.” Popular and American Culture Association. JW Marriott New Orleans, New Orleans, LA. 10 Apr. 2009. Address for “Taking the Twilight Saga to Task: A Roundtable Presentation and Discussion” with Samuel Banford, Jennifer Kelso Farrell, Gianna Martella, Thomas Parham, and Rhonda V. Wilcox.
  • ---, Christine Cozzens, Beth Godbee, and Lessa Spitzer. “Tutors as Researchers, Research as Action.” Joint Conference of the International Writing Centers Association and the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing. Alexis Park Resort Hotel, Las Vegas, NV. 29 Oct. 2008. Workshop.
  • ---, Mary Christian, Nichole Scott, and Jeana Styron. “Celebrate Good Times, Come On!: Creating Community through IWCW Events.” Midwest Writing Centers Association. Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, Kansas City, MO. 26 Oct. 2007. Workshop.
  • ---, Katie Lechler, and Jill Morstad. “Ownership v. Owning Up: Toward a Feminist Rhetoric of Classroom Management.” The 6th Biennial International Feminism(s) & Rhetoric(s) Conference. The Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition. Doubletree Hotel Little Rock, Little Rock, AR. 4 Oct. 2007. Address and workshop.
  • ---, and Jason A. Edwards. “Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Quest Story: Revising the Hero, Reshaping the Myth.” Eastern Communication Association. The Westin Providence, Providence, RI. 26 Apr. 2007. Address.
  • ---, Kate Brown, and Beth Godbee. “‘Turn Left at the Coffee Pot’: Navigating the Intersections of Ethical, Methodological, and Institutional Space in Writing Center Research.” International Writing Centers Association. Magnolia Hotel, Houston, TX. 12 Apr. 2007. Address and workshop.
  • ---, Beth Godbee, and Marcy Trianosky. “Feminist Frameworks: Identity and Representation in Writing Center Research.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Pre-CCCCs Workshop. Hilton New York, New York, NY. 21 Mar. 2007. Address and workshop.
  • ---, and Beth Godbee. “The Power of Space: Allying Writers, Tutors, and Directors.” Writing Centers as Public Space. University of Illinois-Chicago, Chicago, IL. 29 Sept.-1 Oct. 2006. Address and workshop.
  • ---, and Beth Godbee. “Exploring the Borderlands of Perception, Position, and Power in the Writing Center.” Midwest Writing Centers Association. Crowne Plaza, St. Louis-Clayton, St. Louis, MO. 26-28 Oct. 2006. Address and workshop.
  • ---, Beth Godbee, and Tiffany Jones. “Click/Clique/Clash of the Tutors: (Re)building Community in the Writing Center.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Pre-CCCCs Workshop. Palmer House© A Hilton Hotel, Chicago, IL. 22 Mar. 2006. Address and workshop.
  • ---, and Beth Godbee. “Writer’s Ways of Knowing: From Polarities to Pluralities in the Writing Center.” Joint Conference of the International Writing Centers Association and the Midwest Writing Centers Association. Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN. 19-23 Oct. 2005. Address and workshop.
  • ---, and Lynée Lewis Gaillet. “They That Hath Ears, Let Them Hear: Listening to Women of the Old Testament.” The 5th Biennial International Feminism(s) & Rhetoric(s) Conference. The Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition. Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI. 7 Oct. 2005. Address.
Honors/Recognition/Grants:
  • Summer Research Grant, Union College, 2013
  • Ella Johnson Crandall Memorial Library, Library Teacher of the Year, 2009
  • Scholarship and Travel Grant, Midwest Writing Centers Association, 2005
Research Interests:
  • Composition Theory and Pedagogy
  • Cultural and Media Studies
  • Faith and Learning
  • Rhetorical History and Criticism
  • Writing Across the Curriculum
  • Writing Center Theory and Pedagogy
Speaker's Bureau:
  • Faith and Learning
  • The Writing Process
  • Cultural and Media Studies (esp. Fandom)

 

Personal Information:

When she has free time, Dr. Cochran enjoys preparing gourmet meals for and spending time with friends, traveling, reading, and screening culturally significant films and quality television.

 

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