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About Beth Godbee

Beth Godbee, Ph.D. is an educator, writer, entrepreneur, and former professor whose research addresses matters of social, racial, and environmental justice; power, agency, and rights; and relational communication. As an educator, Beth believes our fully embodied selves matter in the world. We can’t just think our way out of the incredible injustices, dehumanization, and wrongdoing that characterize everyday life. We must feel and act, too.
Beth brings to this work experiences as a K-12 teacher and teacher of teachers; community literacy instructor; writing center consultant; writing program administrator; facilitator of community-based learning; and researcher in composition, rhetoric, and literacy studies. Beth has collaborated with people and organizations in and out of higher education, including nonprofits, libraries, church groups, colleges and universities, professional associations, and racial justice coalitions.
Since leaving higher education in 2018 (read about the decision in Inside Higher Ed), Beth has founded Heart Head Hands, LLC, an organization dedicated to everyday living for justice. Now, Beth regularly offers interactive workshops, one-with-one coaching, and online courses, including “40-Day Practice: Strengthening Emotional Literacies to Counter White Fragility” and “Career Discernment for Academics: Aligning Career with Commitments.”
As an independent scholar, Beth continues to pursue research in matters of racial justice, power, agency, social interaction, and relational communication. Among Beth’s publications are articles in Research in the Teaching of English, Community Literacy Journal, Feminist Teacher, Pedagogy, College English, Writing Center Journal, and Praxis. Beth has also co-authored chapters in Performing Antiractist Pedagogy in Rhetoric, Writing, and Communication (2016, Across the Disciplines Books); Writing Centers and the New Racism (2011, Utah State University Press); and Stories of Mentoring (2008, Parlor Press), among others. Beth's current projects include several articles on countering microaggressions; her blog (feeling, thinking, and doing for justice); and a book project on epistemic justice.
You can find Beth online at, where she shares storytelling, resources, and e-courses focused on feeling, thinking, and doing—that is, everyday living—for justice.


2018 - Present Author, Educator, Speaker, and Founder, Everyday Living for Justice
2011 - 2018 Assistant Professor of English, Marquette University
2011 Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Educational Background
2005 M.A., Georgia State University, Educational Background
2002 Secondary Teaching Certification, Agnes Scott College, Educational Background
2001 B.A., Agnes Scott College, Educational Background

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  • ENGL 6840: Rhetoric and Composition Theory: Teaching Writing
  • ENGL 4995: Race and Higher Education: Fostering a Climate for Cross-Racial Relations
  • ENGL 4986: Writing Internship
  • ENGL 4210: Writing for Social Justice (Community-Based Learning Course)
  • ENGL 4210: Writing Center Studies: Research, Theory, and Practice
  • ENGL 3220: Writing for the Professions
  • ENGL 3210: Ethnography of the University (Undergraduate Research)
  • ENGL 3210: Contemplative Writing (Undergraduate Research)
  • ENGL 1002: First-Year English (FYE): Public Sphere Literacy
  • ENGL 1001: First-Year English (FYE): Academic Literacies

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