tacochra

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Full title: 
Professor of English
Writing Program Administrator
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 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 newest course is COMM 125, Media and Meaning. 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--rhetoric, audience, and media 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. Follow Dr. Cochran’s scholarship on Academia.edu.

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

  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Fandom Studies, 2011-present
  • Human Subjects Review Board, August 2010-present
  • Member, Professoriate Committee, 2009-2012; 2014-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
  • President, Whedon Studies Association, 2012-2014
  • Member, Faculty Development and Technology Committee, 2009-2015
  • Elder, New Creation Community, 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 (WSA)
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: 

Edited Book Collections

  • Reading Joss Whedon, with Rhonda V. Wilcox, Cynthea Masson, and David Lavery, eds. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2014. 461 pp. Print.
  • The Multiple Worlds of Fringe: Essays on J. J. Abrams’ Science Fiction Series, with Sherry Ginn and Paul Zinder, eds. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Publishers, 2014. 263 pp. Print.
  • Investigating Firefly and Serenity: Science Fiction on the Frontier, with Rhonda V. Wilcox, eds. London, Melbourne, New York: I.B. Tauris Publishers, 2008. 304 pp. Print.

Edited Journal Issues

  • Firefly and Serenity, with Rhonda V. Wilcox. Spec. issue of The Journal of Whedon Studies, 7.1 (Feb. 2008). Web.
  • “A New Frontier: Whedon Studies and Firefly/Serenity,” with Rhonda V. Wilcox. Introduction. Firefly and Serenity. Spec. issue of The Journal of Whedon Studies, 7.1 (Feb. 2008): 8 pars. Web.

Peer-Reviewd Journal Articles

  • “By Beholding, We Become Changed: Narrative Transubstantiation and the Whedonverses.” Ed. K. Dale Koontz and Ensley F. Guffey Joss in June: Selected Essays. Spec. issue of The Journal of Whedon Studies, 11.2/12.1 (Summer 2014): 20 pars. Web.
  • “‘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): 7 secs., 55 pars. Web.

Selected Book Chapters

  • “Crowdfunding the Narrative, or the High Cost of ‘Fan-ancing.’” Crowdfunding the Future: Media Industries, Ethics, and Digital Societies. Ed. Lucy Bennett, Bertha Chin, and Bethan Jones. New York: Peter Lang, 2015. 31-46. Print.
  • "From Angel to Much Ado: Cross-Textual Catharsis, Kinesthetic Empathy and Whedonverse Fandom.” Popular Media Cultures: Fans, Audiences and Paratexts. Ed. Lincoln Geraghty. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. 149-63. Print.
  • “Introduction,” with Sherry Ginn, and Paul Zinder. The Multiple Worlds of Fringe: Essays on J. J. Abrams’ Science Fiction Series. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Publishers, 2014. 1-11. Print.
  • “Paratextual Mediation: Fox, Fandom, and Death-Slot Fridays.” Ed. Tanya R. Cochran, Sherry Ginn, and Paul Zinder. The Multiple Worlds of Fringe: Essays on J. J. Abrams’ Science Fiction Series. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Publishers 2014. 225-42. Print.
  • “Whedon Studies: A Living History, 1999-2013.” Reading Joss Whedon. Ed. Rhonda V. Wilcox, Tanya R. Cochran, Cynthea Masson, and David Lavery. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2014. 371-94. Print.
  • “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 Publishers, 2013. 168-83. Print.
  • “‘Let’s Watch A Girl’: Whedon, Buffy, and Fans in Action.” Fan Phenomena: Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Ed. Jennifer K. Stuller. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013. 28-37. Print.
  • “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 Publishers, 2011. 167-87. 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 Publishers, 2010. 35-45. Print.
  • “The Browncoats Are Coming!: Firefly, Serenity, and Fan Activism.” Investigating Firely and Serenity: Science Fiction on the Frontier. Ed. Rhonda V. Wilcox and Tanya R. Cochran. London, Melbourne, New York: I.B. Tauris Publishers, 2008. 239-49. Print.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Quest Story: Revising the Hero, Reshaping the Myth,” with Jason A. Edwards. Sith, Slayers, Stargates + Cyborgs: Modern Mythology in the New Millennium. Ed. David Whitt and John Perlich. Brussels, New York, Oxford: Peter Lang Publishing, 2008. 134-69. Print.
  • “Complicating the Open Closet: The Visual Rhetoric of Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Sapphic Lovers.” Televising Queer Women. Ed. Rebecca Beirne. London, Melbourne, New York, et al.: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. 49-63. Print.

Editorially-Reviewed Works

  • “Commitment-Driven Co-Authoring,” with Rasha Diab, Thomas R. Ferrel, and Beth Godbee. Anecdote. Scholarly Publication in a Changing Landscape: Models for Success. Ed. Lynée Lewis Gaillet and Letizia Guglielmo. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. Print. 92-94.
  • “‘Raise Your Hand If You’re Invulnerable’: An Interview with Harry Groener.” Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion. Ed. PopMatters and Mary Alice Money. London: Titan, 2012. 29-37. Print.
  • “Still Flying: An Interview with Tim Minear.” Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion. Ed. PopMatters and Mary Alice Money. London: Titan, 2012. 225-239. Print
  • 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): 123-25. Print.
  • Rev. of Slayage: The Online International Journal of Buffy StudiesFEMSPEC 6.2 (2005): 132-34. Print.
Presentations: 

Selected International Presentations

  • “(En)Acting Gender Equity: Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed for Gender Sensitization,” with Rasha Diab, Beth Godbee, and Manisha Pathak-Shelat. Women’s Worlds. Carleton University and University of Ottawa. Ottawa-Gatineau, Ontario, Canada. 4 July 2011.

Selected National Presentations

  • “Saving Arrow, or Olicity Fandom Rights the Ship,” with Meghan K. Winchell. Popular and American Culture Association. J.W. Marriott, New Orleans, LA. 1 Apr. 2015
  • “Cross-Textual Catharsis: From Angel to Much Ado in Whedonverse Fandom.” Popular and American Culture Association. Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, Chicago, IL. 18 Apr. 2014.
  • “Rights, Risks, and Responsibilities: SRTOL and the Writing Center,” with Thomas R. Ferrel, Beth Godbee, and Jasmine Kar Tang. IWCA Collaborative. Hyatt Regency, Indianapolis, IN, 19 Mar. 2014.
  • “A Legendary Tale: Scapers and the Myth of Fan Power.” Popular and American Culture Association. Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, D.C. 27 Mar. 2013.
  • “Learning to Speak a Commodious Language: Public Social Activism on a Private College Campus,” with Jill Morstad. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Riviera Hotel, Las Vegas, NV, 15 Mar. 2013.
  • “Paratextual Mediation: Fox, Fandom, and Fringe Fridays.” Popular and American Culture Association. Boston Marriott Copley Place, Boston, MA. 12 Apr. 2012.
  • “‘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.
  • “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.
  • “‘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.
  • “Locating the Soul of Feminist Advocacy,” with Jill Morstad. 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.
  • “Tutors as Researchers, Research as Action,” with Christine Cozzens, Beth Godbee, and Lessa Spitzer. 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.
  • “Ownership v. Owning Up: Toward a Feminist Rhetoric of Classroom Management,” with Kate Lechler and Jill Morstad. 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.
  • “‘Turn Left at the Coffee Pot’: Navigating the Intersections of Ethical, Methodological, and Institutional Space in Writing Center Research,” with Kate Brown and Beth Godbee. International Writing Centers Association. Magnolia Hotel, Houston, TX. 12 Apr. 2007.
  • “Fan Filkers and Documentarists: Reading Firefly and Serenity’s Browncoats.” Popular and American Culture Association. Boston Marriott Copley Place, Boston, MA. 6 Apr. 2007.
  • “Feminist Frameworks: Identity and Representation in Writing Center Research,” with Beth Godbee and Marcy Trianosky. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Pre-CCCCs Workshop. Hilton New York, New York, NY. 21 Mar. 2007.
  • “Click/Clique/Clash of the Tutors: (Re)building Community in the Writing Center,” with Beth Godbee and Tiffany Jones. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Pre-CCCCs Workshop. Palmer House© A Hilton Hotel, Chicago, IL. 22 Mar. 2006.
  • “Writer’s Ways of Knowing: From Polarities to Pluralities in the Writing Center,” with Beth Godbee. Joint Conference of the International Writing Centers Association and the Midwest Writing Centers Association. Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN. 19-23 Oct. 2005.

Selected Regional Presentations

  • “‘Here Comes Trouble!’: SRTOL and Our Willingness to Be Disturbed,” with Thomas R. Ferrel, Beth Godbee, and Jasmine Kar Tang. Midwest Writing Centers Association. Holiday Day Inn-North Shore, Skokie, IL, 17-19 Oct. 2013.
  • “Fandom and the Transubstantiation of Narrative.” Popular and American Culture Associations in the South. Riverfront Marriott, Savannah, GA. 4 Oct. 2013.
  • “Fandom, Fox, and Fringe Fridays, or How Television Trailers Argue.” Popular and American Culture Associations in the South. JW Marriott, New Orleans, LA. 6 Oct. 2011.
  • “‘Past the Brink of Tacit Support’: Fan Activism and the Whedonverses.” Popular and American Culture Associations in the South. Marriott Savannah Riverfront, Savannah, GA. 8 Oct. 2010.
  • “Celebrate Good Times, Come On!: Creating Community through IWCW Events,” with Mary Christian, Nichole Scott, and Jeana Styron. Midwest Writing Centers Association. Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, Kansas City, MO. 26 Oct. 2007.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Quest Story: Revising the Hero, Reshaping the Myth,” with Jason A. Edwards. Eastern Communication Association. The Westin Providence, Providence, RI. 26 Apr. 2007.
  • “Exploring the Borderlands of Perception, Position, and Power in the Writing Center,” with Beth Godbee. Midwest Writing Centers Association. Crowne Plaza, St. Louis-Clayton, St. Louis, MO. 26-28 Oct. 2006.

Selected Local Presentations

  • “Linguistic Rights and the Writing Center: A Conversation.” Nebraska Writing Centers Consortium. Southeast Community College, Lincoln, NE. 6 Sept. 2013.
  • “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.
  • “Activism in the Writing Center: Multiple Identities, Multiple Stories.” Nebraska Writing Centers Consortium. Bellevue University, Omaha, NE. 23 Sept. 2011. Address and Workshop.
  • “Toward a Peaceable Rhetoric and Pedagogy: An Academic Dialogue,” with Rasha Diab. Nebraska Writing Centers Consortium. Union College, Lincoln, NE. 24 Sept. 2010.
  • “The Power of Space: Allying Writers, Tutors, and Directors,” with Beth Godbee. Writing Centers as Public Space. University of Illinois-Chicago, Chicago, IL. 29 Sept.-1 Oct. 2006.
Honors/Recognition/Grants: 

Awards

  • Best Book in Whedon Studies, Reading Joss Whedon (Syracuse University Press), Whedon Studies Association, 2014
  • Best Paper, “A Legendary Tale: Scapers and the Myth of Fan Power,” Popular and American Culture Association, Science Fiction and Fantasy Area, 2013
  • Library Teacher of the Year, Ella Johnson Crandall Memorial Library, Union College, 2009
  • Best Book in Whedon Studies, Investigating Firefly and Serenity: Science Fiction of the Frontier (I.B. Tauris), Whedon Studies Association, 2008
  • Betty Burnhoff Award, Best Graduate Student Paper, “Growing Pains: The Chronicles of Narnia and The Problem of Pain,” Southeastern Conference on Christianity and Literature, 2000
  • Outstanding Graduate Student in Writing, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, 1999
  • Who’s Who among Students in American Colleges and Universities, nominated by faculty at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, 1999

Grants & Scholarships

  • Registration Scholarship, International Writing Centers Association Collaborative, 2014
  • Summer Research Grant, Union College, to begin work on a monograph, 2013
  • Registration and Travel Scholarship, Midwest Writing Centers Association, 2005
  • Travel Grants for Conference Presentation (6), Georgia State University, 2003-04
Research Interests: 
  • Rhetorical Theory and Analysis
  • Popular Culture, Television, and Fandom Studies
  • Composition Theory and Pedagogy
  • Writing Center Theory and Pedagogy
  • Writing across the Curriculum

 

Speaker's Bureau: 
  • Rhetoric and Popular Culture
  • Audience and Media Studies (esp. Fandom)
  • Composition Pedagogy
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.