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 Heart-Head-Hands.com (feeling, thinking, and doing for justice); and a book project on epistemic justice.
|2018 - Present||Author, Educator, Speaker, and Founder, Heart-Head-Hands.com: 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|
- 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
Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters (20)
Contribution to Book
The Trauma of Graduate Education: Graduate Writers Countering Epistemic Injustice ...
Learning from the Lived Experiences of Graduate Student Writers (2020)
I describe in this chapter the trauma of graduate education, particularly for people marginalized within academia. In addition to facing ...
Rhetorical and Pedagogical Interventions for Countering Microaggressions
Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture (2019)
The piece titled “Rhetorical and Pedagogical Interventions for Countering Microaggressions” is published in Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, ...
Contribution to Book
Pedagogical Too-Muchness: A Feminist Approach to Community-Based Learning, Multimodal Composition ...
Composing Feminist Interventions: Activism, Engagement, Praxis (2018)
As part of the collection Composing Feminist Interventions: Activism, Engagement, Praxis edited by Kristine L. Blair and Lee Nickoson, this ...
Name It and Claim It: Cross-Campus Collaborations for Community-Based Learning
Reflections: A Journal of Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing, and Service Learning (2017)
This article describes the value of cross-campus collaborations for community-based learning. We argue that community-based learning both provides unique opportunities ...
Stretching beyond the Semester: Undergraduate Research, Ethnography of the University ...
PURM: Perspectives on Undergraduate Research and Mentoring (2015)
This article focuses on undergraduate research and mentoring through the lens of an “Ethnography of the University” course that engages ...
Contribution to Book
Organizing for Antiracism in Writing Centers: Principles for Enacting Social ...
Writing Centers and the New Racism: A Call for Sustainable Dialogue and Change (2011)
We move through the chapter in three parts. First, we define organizing and answer the question of whether we in ...