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Assistant Professor of English at Johnson & Wales University |

Kristi Girdharry is an Assistant Professor of English at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island where she teaches courses in writing, research, and communication. She earned her PhD from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts where she completed her dissertation that involved turning a critical eye toward a digital archive she helped build to capture the ephemera following the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013. Her research interests include public writing, university-community partnerships, pedagogy, and digital literacies and identities.

Activity: Sidewalk Chalk

An activity designed to help students understand the vulnerability that comes with public photographs, particularly in the context of war images.

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Assignment: Critical Etymology

A brief description of a critical etymology writing assignment for a 200-level Introduction to Criticism and Theory course
Class discussion

Is it Really All My Fault? Sharing on In-Class Discussions

I’ve become familiar with the resistance to classroom discussions, but, until recently, I always assumed good discussions were lacking because students are, generally speaking, lacking in “critical thinking.” But last week, something happened that made me reconsider.
Group project assignment

Advice: Raising the Stakes: Group Projects as Competitive Contests

Group projects regularly cause trepidation but structuring them as competitive contests leads students away from generic and predictable outcomes.