Alexander J Champoux

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Dept of Writing Studies .
Room 214 NCEE

315 Pillsbury Dr SE


Alexander Champoux is a PhD Candidate of RSTC in the Department of Writing Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. His Composition Studies interests include translingualism, writing program administration (WPA), writing center studies, first-year writing, writing about writing pedagogy, genre and activity theory, and transfer. He is interested in the hybridity of language users’ literate identities and how metacognitive approaches to language might make students better able to transition between social settings and better able to approach issues of language difference. As a result, much of his research centers on pedagogical approaches that promote metalinguistic awareness in students—as well as ways that WPAs might better promote those pedagogies. He currently serves on the board of the MnWE (Minnesota Writing and English) Conference and is a COGS representative for the department.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • M.A.: Composition and Pedagogy, University of Maine, 2015.
  • B.A.: English (Major); Writing, Rhetoric, and the Media Arts (Minor); Mythology (Minor), Trinity College, CT, 2011.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Composition Theory and Pedagogy
  • Translingual & Critical Approaches to Languaging
  • Writing Program Administration & Teacher Education
  • Sociolinguistics and Linguistic Anthropology
  • Writing About Writing, WAC/WID
  • Genre and Activity Theory
Courses Taught
  • WRIT1301: "University Writing"
  • WRIT1401: "Writing and Academic Inquiry"
  • WRIT3562: "Technical and Professional Writing"
  • WRIT3577: "Rhetoric, Technology, and the Internet"
  • OLLI 10240: "Johnny Can't Read, Johnny Can't Write: American Literacy Crises"
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • MnWE Site Chair: 08/17 - 03/18
  • MnWE Program Coordinator: 09/15 - 05/18
  • MnWE Conference Committee: 2015 - 2018
  • International Writing Center Association: Member , 2013 - Present
  • Creative Writing Studies Organization: Lifetime Member , 04/16


  • Director (COGS Appointed): Marcy Holmes Neighborhood Association, 1/18 - Present
  • OLLI Scholar, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of Minnesota, 2018
  • Graduate Expo Humanities Award (UMaine), 2015
  • Grady Award in Graduate Fiction (UMaine), 2014