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Shannon McKeehen, MFA, PhD

Poet  •  Activist  •  Educator  •  Faculty at Tiffin University


Sample syllabi:

College Composition

Creative Writing

Professional Writing

Peer Tutor Training Course

Curriculum Vitae


   *syllabi beyond provided samples available upon request

Tiffin University

- Assistant professor, Composition, 2020-present

  • Courses taught include ENG095, ENG141, ENG142, ENG152, ENG252, and COM318

    • Planned and taught sections of technical writing, creative writing, Communications and media, and English composition for first and second year students; led discussion sections, graded papers and exams in all courses; implemented instructional technology to enhance pedagogical technique; redesigned courses for hybrid delivery during Covid-19 pandemic.

Kent State University

- Part-time instructor, Freshman and sophomore composition, 2017-2019

- Teaching fellow, Freshman and sophomore composition, 2013-2017

  • Courses taught include ENG11011 and ENG21011

Owens Community College

- Part-time instructor, Composition, 2011-2012

  • Courses taught include ENG111 and ENG112

University of Toledo

- Co-instructor, Composition ENGL1110, 2011-2012

Mills College

- Teaching fellow, Undergraduate senior thesis course ENG189, 2010

- Teaching fellow, Writing skills workshop ENG020, 2009

- Teaching fellow, Creative writing ENG056, 2009



Kent State University Writing Commons

- Acting director, Summer 2016

- Assistant director, 2014-2016

  • Developed and led required training sessions for new and continuing tutors; mentored new tutors to the Writing Center to ensure their engagement and professional development; provided "shadowing" and other training opportunities to assist new hires adjusting to the Writing Center.

University of Toledo Writing Center

- Assistant director, 2012-2013

  • Trained newly-hired tutors. Tutored English-Language Learning (ELL) faculty and assisted graduate students working on their Master's theses or doctoral dissertations. Facilitated workshops on how to prepare and study for the writing portion of the Praxis Exam. Proctored various portions of the Praxis Exam. Also assisted students on resume and job letter development. Organized and facilitated presentations to first-year students on general Writing Center services. Helped organize and file student conference summaries upon notifying instructors of student visits.


Tiffin University Academic Writing Support @ The Write Place, 2023-present

OhioLink eTutoring Services, 2023-present

Stark State College Writing Center, 2017-2019

Kent State University Writing Commons, 2013-2016

Owens Community College Writing Center, 2012-2013

University of Toledo Writing Center, 2010-2013

Mills College Academic Center of Excellence, 2010

Bluffton University Writing Center, 2005-2008



- Editorial staff for ID13, Kent State University, Kent OH, 2017-2018

- Editorial staff for Ritter and Associates, Maumee OH, 2013

- Editorial staff for the literary journal 580 Split, Mills College, Oakland CA, 2008



- Summer youth literacy teacher, Community Action Council of Portage County Ohio, 2018, 2019

  • Developed and implemented STEM and reading lesson plans; promoted camp activities; provided first aid and CPR when needed; handled conflict resolution with at-risk, school-aged children; assessed behavioral and educational needs of children.

- Summer camp administrator, City of Kent Ohio Parks and Recreation Department, 2017

  • Supervised camp counseling staff by assessing counselor lesson plans and providing emotional support when needed; promoted camp activities; arranged weekly field trip activities; provided first aid and CPR when needed; handled conflict resolution with school-aged children; assessed behavioral and educational needs of children; communicated regularly with parents about the children’s educational needs.



   *to the respective university, in an academic capacity, unless otherwise noted

- Faculty advisor, The Blaze, Online student newspaper, Tiffin University, 2023-2024

- Committee member, University Outcomes Assessment, Tiffin University, 2022-present

- Committee member, "Move the Needle" Initiative: First-year Experience Module, Tiffin University, 2022-2023

- Faculty advisor, The Dragon's Den Student Club [Extra Curricular], Tiffin University, 2020-2021

- Judge, Tamplin Awards, Kent State University Writing Commons, 2019

- Judge, College Composition Essay Contest, Stark State College, 2018-2019

- Public Relations, Kent State University’s Association of Graduate English Students (AGES), 2015-2017

- Judge [Extra Curricular], Scholastic Alliance Art and Writing Contest, Northeast Ohio Region, 2015




Global Society of Online Literacy Educators, 2021-present

College English Association of Ohio, 2017-present

International Writing Centers Association, 2016-2021

National Council of Teachers of English, 2013-present


- Tutor of the Term Award, Stark State College Writing Center, 2019

- Outstanding Composition Instructor Award, Finalist, Kent State University, 2018, 2019





Refereed Articles

In review: "Reflection as Unstable Genre: A Pilot Study." College English. Editors reviewing May 2023 (#COLLENG-D-23-00035).

“Critical Empathy and Scholarly Activism in the Trump Age: A Writing Center Approach." The Peer Review: Journal for Writing Center Practitioners (2017).


“What’s ‘Good for Business’ May Not Be Good for Writing Centers: Merging the Marketing Domain with the Education Domain in the 21st Century.” East Central Writing Centers Association Newsletter: Rhetoric in the New Millennium: pp 9-13 (2015).


Book chapters


“Celebrating Sensemaking Cultures in the Writing Center: Scaffolding Transparent Communication Between Tutors and Directors.” With Jeanne Smith, Barbara George, and Yvonne Lee. In Sensemaking in Writing Programs and Writing Centers, edited by Rita Malenczyk, Utah State University Press (Jun 2023).




In review: Gentle Crisis (Poetry manuscript, 2024)

Just a Trick of the Light (Poetry chapbook, 2024)

Barbra in Shadow (Poetry chapbook, 2011 [first ed]; 2017 [second ed])



*in national literary journals, unless otherwise noted

"Jonah and the Vine" in Drawing Near: Anabaptism at 500  [book, Herald Press]

"Estate Matters" in Made of Rust and Glass anthology, Volume 3 [book, Curtis A. Deeter, publisher]

"After Proverbs 9" in Anabaptist World [Magazine]

"A Miscalculation" in Religion: June 10, 2022 [Weekly e-series, Silent Spark Inc]

“Tired Subjects,” “After Ancient Stuff” in Guide to Kulchur Cleveland #4

“On Migration,” “Tiny Humiliations” in Chantarelle's Notebook

"Transport," in Trailhead Backcountry

“Regulations” in Red Fez

“We fail when we're literal...,” “Sunday at the Twilight Diner” in Toledo Free Press [Local arts paper]

“Teeth lock onto...” in The Guidebook

“The Urge to Stay” in Toasted Cheese Literary Journal

“Lake Merit” in Gloom Cupboard

“Oakland, 1906,” “The Tempest,” “Buzz, Kill” in Etcetera

“Following closely, sweet little birds...” in The Write Place at the Write Time

“Starved in public, I am...,” with Marjorie Jensen, in CONTINGENCY: Place [MFA showcase]

“Wm S. Tell,” “A Smothering,” “Lacan's Dilemma” in CONTINGENCY: Reading Between the Genres [MFA showcase]

“Elder” in The Cedarville Review




Poetry at Hayner: A Mosaic of Voices, Troy OH; Featured poet [with Amy Jo Schoonover, Karen Scott, Yvonne Osborne, Stella Mia Ling, Melanie Dusseau, and others]; Jun 2024

Uncloistered Poetry Live, Toledo OH; Dec 2022, Jan 2023; Featured poet [Online, with Sandra Gill and Chuck Salmons]; Jul 2023

- Works in Progress Open Mic, Organizer/Performer/Host, Tiffin OH; Feb 2023, Mar 2023, Apr 2023

- No Hate in Ohio Event, Performer, Akron OH; Dec 2016

- Artists Against Antisemitism Reading, Performer/Host, Akron OH; Mar 2015

- Reproductive Rights Advocates of Kent (RRAK) Inaugural Arts Event, Performer, Kent OH; Jan 2015

- Featured poet, with Kayla Williams, Poets and Troubadours, Old West End Festival, Toledo OH; Jun 2013

- A Thousand Poets for Change Benefit, Performer, Toledo OH; Jan 2013

- Featured poet, with Cherie Bullock Myslinsky, Black Kite Poetry Series, Toledo OH; Sept 2012

- Final Reading for Graduate MFA Writers, Mills College, Oakland CA; May 2010

- Whine and Cheese for Writers, Organizer/Performer/Host, Open Mic, Mills College, Oakland CA; Apr 2010

- Featured poet, CONTINGENCY: Place, Mills College, Oakland CA; Mar 2010

- Featured poet, CONTINGENCY: Reading Between the Genres, Mills College, Oakland CA; Dec 2009

- Featured poet, Works in Progress Reading Series, Mills College, Oakland CA; Oct 2009

- Performance at Red Hill Books, San Francisco CA; May 2009




"The Ability Divide: Navigating the Role of AI in Academic Support Services." Individual presenter. College English Association of Ohio Conference, Ohio Dominican University, Apr 2024.

"'Just Writing to Cope': Teaching Composition During a Pandemic." Individual presenter. College English Association of Ohio Conference, Lake Erie College, Apr 2022.


"Examining the Effect of the Hybrid Modality on Successful Peer Review." Online poster presentation, with Stacey Floyd and Stephanie Opfer. Global Society of Online Literacy Educators (GSOLE) Virtual Conference, Jan 2021.

“Response as a Place for Writerly Common Ground: Refining Our Practices to Weave Students into Academic Culture.” Workshop facilitator, with Brian Huot, Curt Greve, Eliot Knowles, William Morris, Melody Gustafson, and Jamie Rose. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Milwaukee WI, Mar 2020 (Note: This was an accepted workshop; conference cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic).


“Purposeful Mission Statements in Ohio Community College Writing Centers: A Study.” Individual presenter. Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges Conference, Marion Technical College, Oct 2019.


“Student Research Literacy in the Trump Age.” Individual presenter. The Great Lakes Writing and Rhetoric Conference, Rochester NY, Sept 2019.


“Rapport- and Skill-building in Community College Writing Centers.” Individual presenter. Two-Year College English Association Conference at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Pittsburgh PA, Mar 2019.


“Critical Empathy and Scholarly Activism in the Trump Age: A Writing Center Approach.” Individual presenter. East Central Writing Centers Association, Ohio State University, Mar 2018.


“The Body as Post-Process: Representing Identity and Body in Online Communities.” Panelist, with Halle Neiderman, Sarah Lawrence, and Chelsea Swick-Higgins. Computers and Writing Conference, University of Findlay, Jun 2017.


“Triangulating Success: Helping ELL Students across the University.” Panelist, with Halle Neiderman, Katherine Robisch, and Barbara George. College English Association of Ohio Conference, Xavier University, Apr 2017.

“What's in a Name?: The Effect of Calling Our Students 'Writers' and Other Terms.” Workshop facilitator, with Megan Brenneman. International Writing Centers Association Conference, Denver CO, Oct 2016.


“Don’t Use ‘The D Word’: Changing the Conversation about ‘Good’ Tutoring.” Workshop facilitator, with Megan Brenneman and Jeanne Smith. East Central Writing Centers Association Conference, University of Mount Union, Mar 2016.


“Sustaining the Assessment and Feedback Circuit Through Qualitative Methods.” Panelist, with Megan Brenneman and Melody Gustafson. Council of Writing Program Administration Conference, Boise ID, Jul 2015.


“Responding to Student Writers: Productively Situating Responses to Students and Their Writing.” Panelist, with Pamela Takayoshi and Nicole Caswell. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Tampa FL, Mar 2015.


“Yes, It’s OK to Mix Those Genres: Arguing for Creative Writing in the Composition Writing Class.” Individual presenter and workshop facilitator. Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts, Spring Language Arts Conference, Columbus OH, Feb 2015.


“The Connections Between Creative Writing and Composition Studies.” Individual presenter. College English Association of Ohio Conference, Youngstown State University, Apr 2014.


“The Benefits of Nonevaluative Peer Review Through the Use of Affect Theory and Feminist Pedagogy.” Research Network Forum, Conference on College Composition and Communication, Indianapolis IN, Mar 2014.


“What's 'Good for Business' May Not Be Good for Writing Centers.” Individual presenter. Northeast Ohio Writing Centers Association Conference, Kent State University, Feb 2014.


“Working Together, Learning Together: The Benefits of Peer-Editing Groups.” Individual presenter. Conference on Pedagogical Problems in the 21st-Century, Mills College, Dec 2009.


PhD, English, Composition; Literacy, Rhetoric, and Social Practice (LRSP)

Kent State University

Kent, OH

Dissertation: “Engaging Peer Response in First-Year Composition: Writers, Readers, and Rapport”

Dissertation Committee: Brian Huot, Pamela Takayoshi, Anthony Edgington, and William Kist


MFA, English and Creative Writing

Mills College

Oakland, CA

Thesis: "These Cells Are Passages: Poems in Conversation with William Blake"

Thesis Advisor: Stephen Ratcliffe


BA, English Studies

Bluffton University

Bluffton, OH

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Direct from Author:

Which chapbook would you like to purchase? (Supplies are limited; no bulk orders can be processed at this time.)

Pricing (already includes s+h, taxes):

Barbra in Shadow, $9

Just a Trick of the Light, $12

or both for $20

All sales are final.

50% of proceeds for Just a Trick of the Light go to the Amyloidosis Foundation, Clarkston, MI 48346.

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