Visiting Lecturer in English
B.A. Political Science, Goucher College, 2003.
M.A. Creative Writing: The Novel, Brunel University, 2007.
Ph.D. English (Rhetoric and Composition), University of Rhode Island, 2017.
Jenna Morton-Aiken is a teacher, scholar, and administrator who specializes in rhetoric and composition, or the study of writing practices. Her teaching is dedicated to providing students with tools to become better writers, opportunities to practice new skills, and flexible frameworks adaptive to any communication scenario. Students are given agency to control their own learning through assignments, discussions, and activities that encourage critical thinking.
Her research explores how organizational systems, like those in archives, make and reproduce knowledge. Her dissertation, Metadata and Relational Architecture: Advancing Arrangement, Agency, and Access with New Methodology, develops and deploys an innovative collaboratively authored archival infrastructure in the National Archives of Composition and Rhetoric at University of Rhode Island (URI).
Jenna helped launch SciWrite@URI, a $500,000 National Science Foundation-funded science communication initiative. She collaborated with five cross-disciplinary faculty to plan and administer programs and services supporting STEM graduate student writing, taking a leading role in assessment protocols and tools that would be used in the 3-year project.
She presents annually with the Archival Workshop at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, and currently serves as Chairperson of the National Archives of Composition and Rhetoric Special Interest Group. Jenna was the 2015 recipient of the CWPA Graduate Student Writing Award, and has publications forthcoming in Technical Communication Quarterly, WPA: Writing Program Administration, and Double Helix.