Dr. Julie Barger
|B.S., 2001 Tennessee Technological University; M.A., 2003 Tennessee Technological
University; Ph..D, 2008 University of Louisville. (2008)
Office: PH 345; Phone/Voice Mail: 898-2563
Dr. Barger joined the faculty of MTSU in 2008. She currently serves as the Coordinator
of Graduate Teaching Assistants in English and teaches freshman composition, sophomore
literature, and graduate courses in Composition. Dr. Barger is currently researching
a gay advocacy website's efforts to challenge negative media representations of homosexuality.
Selected Conference Presentations
- "Because Words Hurt: One Website's Response to the Sticks and Stones Hurled at the
GLBTQ Community." Accepted for presentation at the Thomas R. Watson Conference on
Rhetoric and Composition, Louisville, KY (October 2012).
- "The 'Mommy Wars': A Conscientious Objector Protests the Divisive Rhetoric Surrounding
Modern Motherhood." Accepted for presentation at the Popular Culture Association of
the South, Nashville, TN (September 2012).
- "Good as You is Better than Most: Learning about Effective Rhetoric from One Website's
Efforts to Challenge Representations of Homosexuality." Presented at the University
of Tennessee, Knoxville's NEXUS Interdisciplinary Conference (March 2012).
- "Finding Balance: The Challenges of a Non-Tenured Female Faculty Member." The Conference
on College Composition and Communication, Atlanta, GA. (April 2011).
- "Looking Forward, Looking Back: Heeding Composition's History of Service in Obama's
Culture of Service." Thomas R. Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition, Louisville,
KY (October 2010).
- "Abandoning the Traditional Research Paper: How Formalizing the Research Process Can
Benefit Student Writers." Tennessee Technological University English Studies Symposium,
Cookeville, TN (March 2010).
- "Tracing the Trope of Teaching as Transformation: Understanding Feminist Composition
Pedagogies as Precursors to Current Service Learning Initiatives." Conference on College
Composition and Communication, San Francisco, CA (March 2009).
- "Conflicting Identities? Female Students, Film Representations, and Feminist Composition
Pedagogies." Conference on College Composition and Communication, New Orleans, LA
- "Blondes over Brains: Representations of Female Students in Film." Thomas R. Watson
Conference on Narrative, Louisville, KY (October 2006).
- "Voices from the Stairwell: Contingent Faculty Define Themselves through Their Stories."
Conference on College Composition and Communication, Chicago, IL (March 2006).
- "Extreme Makeovers Caught on Tape: Transformation as Social Success in Hollywood's
High Schools." Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, Louisville,
KY (February 2006).
- "Preserving Writing Center History: The Why and How of Oral History Projects. Southeastern
Writing Centers Association Conference, Chapel Hill, NC (February 2006).
- "Reflecting on Technological Identity and the Contradictory Roles of Student/Teacher."
Conference on College Composition and Communication, San Francisco, CA (March 2005).
- "The Silencing of Education amid the Collective Voice of Consumerism in Don DeLillo's
White Noise." Tennessee Philological Association, Columbia, TN (February 2004).
- "The Festival of Student Writing: Creating a Public Space for Composition." Tennessee
Council of Teachers of English, Memphis, TN (October 2003).