Keira Hambrick

Keira Hambrick

Keira Hambrick

PhD in English Student

547 Denney Hall
164 Annie and John Glenn Ave, Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Composition Studies
  • Rhetoric, Composition and Literacy
  • Teaching for Transfer
  • Writing Center Studies
  • Writing Pedagogies
  • Writing Program Administration


  • MA, English Literature & Environment Studies, University of Nevada – Reno, 2011
  • BA, English & Creative Writing, Marietta College, 2009
  • BS, Biology, Marietta College, 2009

Keira Hambrick is a first-generation college student and PhD candidate in the Rhetoric, Composition and Literacy studies program. Her research interests include undergraduate and graduate writing pedagogies, writing program administration, writing center studies and inclusive assessment practices. Her dissertation, "Prior Knowledge and Transfer of Learning in First Year Composition", examines how writing programs, courses and instructors’ practices may affect the kinds of prior knowledge that students successfully transfer through the FYC classroom. This interdisciplinary project draws from and seeks to contribute to a variety of different fields, including Teaching for Transfer, Culturally Relevant Pedagogy and the Scholarship on Teaching and Learning.

Keira’s research is informed and motivated by more than a decade of professional experience in composition teaching and writing—including five years as a writing center director—at both public and private institutions. She has taught a variety of courses, including first year composition (I and II), writing center theory and pedagogy, business & professional writing, critical reading comprehension, first-year seminar and college success courses and introduction to Disability Studies.

At OSU, Keira has had the opportunity to support the First Year Writing Program (2020-2021) and the Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing’s Writing Associates Program (2020-2022). As a 2022 Presidential Fellow, she looks forward to working full-time on her dissertation--an opportunity for which she is deeply grateful.

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