Katie Garahan

Katie Garahan

Director, Writing Resources Center


Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Writing, Virginia Tech
M.A. in English, Virginia Tech
B.A. in English, Gardner-Webb University

Research Interests

Writing tutoring methods and assessment
Writing workshop practices and assessment
Tutor training
Professional identity
Rhetorics of advocacy and dissent

Teaching and Administrative Experience

Director of the Writing Resources Center, UNC Charlotte, 2022 – present
Director of the Writing Center, Radford University, 2019 – 2022
Assistant Professor of English, Radford University, 2019 – 2022

Selected Publications

Katie Garahan, Justine Jackson Stone, and Brynn Miller, “Developing Purposeful Practices for Introductory Presentations.” Praxis: A Writing Center Journalvol 20, no. 3, 2023, pp. 41-59.
“Understanding Leadership Through an Ecological Lens: A Rhetorical Cluster Analysis of the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge.” with Nickolas Clegorne and Denise Simmons in International Journal of Engineering Education, vo. 36, no. 1(A), 2020, pp. 130 – 141.
 “The Public Work of Identity Performance: Advocacy and Dissent in Teachers’ Open Letters.” Rhetoric & Public Affairs, vol. 22, no. 1, 2019, pp. 59-94.
“Educating Tutors to Engage in Writing Center Workshop Purposeful Practices.” with Becky Crews in WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship, vol 43, no. 9-10, 2019, pp. 18-25.
“The Role of the Tutor in Developing and Facilitating Writing Center Workshops.” with Becky Crews in How We Teach Writing Tutors: A WLN Digital Edited Collection, edited by Karen G. Johnson and Ted Roggenbuck, 2019,


Truist Social and Ethical Leadership Course Development Grant, Radford University, 2020
Carolyn Rude Outstanding Research Award, Virginia Tech, 2017
Richard Hoffman Graduate Teaching Award, Virginia Tech, 2015
Star Teacher Award, Gaston County, 2012