Student Profile

Mary Stewart
PhD Student - Language, Literacy & Culture

Designated Emphasis in Writing, Rhetoric, and Composition Studies

Research Interests

Hybrid and online education; teaching writing with technology; first-year composition; digital literacy; collaborative writing and learning


  • PhD, Education (ABD), UC Davis
  • MA, Twentieth Century Literature, Durham University
  • BA, English, Baylor University



  • “Taking Learning at Interface Value: Fostering Digital Literacies in Hybrid & Online FYC,” Computers & Writing, Pullman, WA (June 5-8, 2014)
  • “Designing Online and Hybrid Courses,” Northern California-Nevada Council of Writing Program Administrators, Davis, CA (April 4, 2014)
  • “Digital Literacy Across the Curriculum: A Faculty Survey,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Indianapolis, IN (March 21, 2014)
  • “Developing Online Writing Activities: Selecting Digital Tools & Designing Online Environments,” Northern California Writing Across the Curriculum Conference (January 24, 2013)
  • “Functional Instruction for Multimodal Composition,” Computers & Writing, Frostburg, MD (June 6-9, 2013)
  • “Learning and Writing in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs),” CCCC Research Network Forum, Las Vegas, NV (March 13, 2013)
  • “Digital Invention” (poster). Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium, UC Davis (April 26-28, 2012)

Research Experience

  • UC Online & the University Writing Program, September 2011-present
    • PI: Carl Whithaus. Our team developed the curriculum and created course shells for hybrid and online versions of UC Davis’ first-year composition course. We are currently developing assessment strategies for the courses and program.
  • GetUp Project, March 2014 – present
    • PI: Cynthia Carter Ching. The GetUp Project is investigating the ways wearable technologies (i.e., FitBit) can motivate middle-school age children to be more healthy and active. In conjunction with a video game design company, this research team also looks at the motivational potential of playing a video games that draws data from the wearable technology.

Teaching Experience

  • Instructor (UC Davis), 2012-present
    • UWP 1 (face-to-face first-year composition course in a computer classroom)
    • UWP 1Y (hybrid first-year composition course)
    • UWP 1V (fully online first-year composition course)
  • Teaching Assistant (UC Davis), 2014
    • EDU 185: Learning in the Digital Age (face-to-face; instructor: Cynthia Carter Ching)
  • Associate Faculty Member (Ashford University), 2010-2012
    • ENG 121 Introduction to Composition (fully online)

Professional Experience

  • Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (UC Davis), 2014
    • Supervisors: Dan Comins and Cara Harwood-Theisen. Based on faculty development literature and interviews with faculty development specialists at other institutions, Jenae Cohn and I are writing a report and creating the framework for a “faculty hub,” an online resource for faculty who want to learn more about hybrid and online teaching, and who want to connect with other faculty across the campus who are already involved with such projects.
  • Academic Technology Services (UC Davis), 2011-2014
    • Supervisor: Andy Jones. I wrote Davis’ instructional technology blog, The Wheel, helped organize bi-monthly faculty meetings about teaching with technology, and participated in many cross-campus initiatives to support educational technology at UC Davis.
  • Content Specialist (Bridgepoint Education), 2010-2011
    • Reviewed, updated, and maintained public-facing websites for correct content and language use. Conducted interviews and wrote student success stories, faculty spotlights, and employee testimonials. Edited and formatted monthly online diversity articles. Editor of semi-annual print and online alumni magazine.
  • Curriculum Coordinator (University of the Rockies), 2009-2010
    • Built and maintained courses in Blackboard and eCollege.


  • Campus Council on Information Technology/Educational Technology Subcommittee Graduate Student Representative (2012-present)
  • Steering Committee for LMS Transition Initiative at UC Davis (2013-2014)
  • Co-Chair, School of Education Graduate Student Association (2013-present)
  • Planning Committee for 2013 University of California Writing Program Conference (2012-2013)
  • Review Committee for Provost Hybrid Course Award (2012, 2013)



mkstewart at ucdavis dot edu

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