Alexander J Champoux

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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. His dissertation, "WPA Work as Translingual Conduit: Toward Translingual Writing Programs," seeks to better understand how WPAs bring composition theories to bear on their administrative, teacher-educator, and pedagogical work.

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"
  • WRIT231: Writing II -- Metropolitan State University
  • WRIT331: Writing in Your Major (Nursing) -- Metropolitan State University
  • 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

  • National Council of Teachers of English: Member , 2016 - Present
  • Council of Writing Program Administrators: Member , 2018 - Present
  • Creative Writing Studies Organization: Lifetime Member , 04/16
  • 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 - 2016


  • Director (COGS Appointed): Marcy Holmes Neighborhood Association, 1/18 - Present
  • Member: WPA-GO Labor Census Task Force, 2016 - Present
  • OLLI Scholar, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of Minnesota, 2018
  • Graduate Expo Humanities Award (UMaine), 2015
  • Grady Award in Graduate Fiction (UMaine), 2014