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About Beth Godbee

Beth Godbee, Ph.D. is an educator, writer, and former writing studies professor who now offers public education courses, coaching, and retreats. Beth’s 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 years of experience as a writer and writing teacher (previously tenured professor in composition, rhetoric, and literacy studies). Beth has worked in K-12 schools, writing centers, community literacy programs, teaching and learning centers, and writing across the curriculum programs. And 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 a faculty position in 2018 (read about the decision in Inside Higher Ed), Beth has focused on public writing and community education through Heart-Head-Hands: Everyday Living for Justice. This work now focuses on working one-with-one with individuals and offering tailored programs for organizations, including the Graduate Career Consortium, The Damascus Project, and Fayetteville Public Library.
As an independent scholar, Beth continues her research agenda, collaborating frequently with co-author Rasha Diab and making academic publications publicly accessible through SelectedWorks. Academic publications include articles in Research in the Teaching of English, Community Literacy Journal, Feminist Teacher, Pedagogy, College English, Writing Center Journal, and Praxis. Beth’s co-authored article “Rhetorical and Pedagogical Interventions for Countering Microaggressions” has been selected for Best of the Journals in Rhetoric and Composition 2021. And the chapter “The Trauma of Graduate Education: Graduate Writers Countering Epistemic Injustice and Reclaiming Epistemic Rights” appears in Learning from the Lived Experiences of Graduate Writers, which won the 2021 International Writing Centers Association (IWCA) Outstanding Book Award. Current research projects focus on countering microaggressions and epistemic injustice.
You can find Beth online at, where she shares storytelling, resources, courses, and other offerings focused on feeling, thinking, and doing—that is, everyday living—for justice.


2018 - Present Writer, Educator, Researcher, Coach, Everyday Living for Justice ‐ Heart Head Hands, LLC
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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