Dr. Hannah J. Rule is a Composition and Rhetoric specialist in the the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of South Carolina where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in first-year writing, writing and embodiment, survey of composition studies, and the teaching of writing.
Rule's research focuses primarily on composition studies and pedagogies. Her scholarship takes up pedagogical topics including freewriting, multimodality, rhetorical grammar, and expressivism, appearing in venues including CCC, Composition Forum, Composition Studies, and Computers and Composition Online. She is currently at work on her book project, Situating Writing Processes: Teaching Writing as Physical and Improvisational, which asks how conceptualizing writing processes as emplaced physical activity in real-time can reshape contemporary writing instruction to nurture context-sensitivity, on-the-spot learning, and writing as relational and improvisational.
Her most recent publication, appearing in the February 2018 issue of College Composition and Communication (CCC), "Writing's Rooms," establishes some of the questions guiding Situating Writing Processes. Working with a multimodal case studies of graduate students'' material writing environments, Rule argues for bringing renewed attention to process as emergent and material-embodied, or as profoundly situated and susceptible. Hear Rule discuss this project with CCC editor, Jonathan Alexander, and editorial assistant, Jens Lloyd, in a recent CCC Podcast!
Her most recent presentation at the UNCC University Writing Program Conference, "Annotation as Writing Practice" (click to download the handout and Powerpoint slides) constructs annotation not as simply a private reflection of reading or cognition, but reimagines it broadly as a writing method that can found and unify read-write practices across a writing course.
With Cydney Alexis, Rule is also at work on developing an edited collection, tentatively titled The Material Culture of Writing, that focuses on the intersection of writing studies and material culture studies. The call for proposals is available here.