Kate Latterell

REMIX: Reading and Composing Culture

Available in January of 2006 from Bedford/St. Martin's

Students live in a remix culture, a do-it-yourself, collaborative, and creative culture in which they are the writers, designers, and creators. ReMix brings this creativity to the composition classroom by asking students to investigate the world around them, to question the assumptions behind everyday concepts such as identity, community, and technology, and to compose meaningful verbal and visual texts that speak to the culture they live in.

about me

Welcome to my professional website. I am an associate professor of English in the Division of Arts and Humanities at Penn State Altoona. I earned my PhD and MA degrees in Rhetoric and Technical Communication from the Department of Humanities at Michigan Technological University. Before then, I graduated from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota with a major in English and a minor in secondary education.

my work

I teach a range of writing and rhetoric courses for the English major, including English Language Analysis, Advanced Composition, The Editorial Process, Problems of Style, and Issues in Rhetoric and Composition. In addition, I regularly teach Advanced Business Writing, Technical Writing, and First-year Rhetoric and Composition.

The range of my research, teaching, and service in the areas of rhetoric, composition, and professional communication has, at its core, focused on examining systems of higher education at public universities. In past and ongoing projects, I continue to combine composition theory, cultural theory, and critical pedagogy to explore issues in writing program administration, whether it be writing centers, college-level teacher training, curriculum development, or issues of teaching with technology in undergraduate English classrooms.

I am active in CPTSC, ATTW, WPA, and CCCC, and I serve on the editorial boards of Computers and Composition and WPA: Writing Program Administration.

Updated: 31 August 2005