Dr. Beech specializes in race and class-based rhetorics, cultural studies, and composition theory and pedagogy. At UTC, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in rhetoric and writing, composition studies, and research methods. At the national level, she has been elected and appointed to leadership positions in the NCTE affiliate Conference on College Composition and Communication. Having published in several edited collections and in such journals as College English, JAC, Pedagogy, and Open Words, Dr. Beech's scholarship has been recognized twice in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Research and/or Creative Interests
Southern, working class literacies and rhetorics; rhetorics of whiteness; and critical composition pedagogies.
Style and other considerations for nonfiction types of writing; race and class-based rhetorics; professional writing; and writing theory and pedagogy.
Student-centered, problem-posing, and dialogic approaches are my key methods of engaging students. Although I do give some minilectures, students participate in and lead discussions, give presentations, and work handson to write and discuss in class.
Why did you become an English professor?
It was a love for language and a desire to engage others in thoughtful conversations (whether in writing, in class, or at conferences) about discourse that drove me to become an English professor.
Why teach X?
I teach writing because I want students to gain powerful literacy so that they may become active agents in their academic lives and in participatory democracy.
Outside of being a professor, what do you do for fun and/or relaxation?
I play on and captain a women's pool team that has twice represented the city of Chattanooga in the national American Pool Players Association tournament, held in Las Vegas, NV.
What are your expectations of students?
Students must participate regularly, thoughtfully, and actively. Intellectual rigor and thoughtful questioning are necessary for student success. Students must be prepared to give and receive thoughtful feedback to their peers and must be willing to draft their writing multiple times.
What's something about you that might surprise your students?
As an undergraduate, I studied voice and sang opera, but now I rock out at karaoke.