Kuzawa, Deborah



  • Ph.D., Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy Studies—The Ohio State University
  • M.A., English—The Ohio State University
  • M.A., Women's Studies—The Ohio State University
  • B.A., English; Women's Studies Certificate—Ohio University


Teaching Endorsements and Certificates

  • Meaningful Inquiry
  • Instructional Redesign
  • Course Design Institute
  • Inclusive Teaching
  • Teaching Through Writing
  • Teaching Information Literacy
  • College of Engineering Inclusive Excellence—Ally-level

I am most interested in finding the spaces where different disciplines overlap and speak to one another, and I am interested in helping students develop stronger critical thinking and information literacy. I've taught and tutored at 2-year and 4-year schools and in community spaces. Some course and topics I have taught include: technical and business writing; research and research strategies; beginning and intermediate composition (including digital media-based composition); information literacy; literature; women's studies; and GED courses, including language arts, math, social science, and science. 



Teaching and Research Interests
Technical Communications

Composition/writing pedagogy

Information Literacy

Interdisciplinary research and writing

Community literacies and education

Diversity and Inclusion

Technology, Culture, and Society

Queer and cultural studies

Digital Media studies


Selected Presentations

“Diversity and Inclusion in STEM: Taking a Global Perspective,” International Consortium for Research in Science and Mathematics Education, San Jose, Costa Rica: March 2019.

“Responding to Changing Communication Practices: Engineering Better Technical Communications” with J. Herman, American Society for Engineering Education–North Central Section, Akron, OH: March 2018.

“The Diversity Requirement: Diversity/Inclusion, Whiteness, and General Education,” National Women’s Studies Association, Baltimore, MD: November 2017.

“Enhancing Your Writing Productivity: Identifying Unproductive Habits and Developing Better Ones” [workshop] with J. Herman and L. Wahlin, American Society for Engineering Education, Columbus, OH: June 2017.

“Writing as Knowing: Multimodality in Engineering Technical Communications” [poster] with J. Herman, L. Wahlin, & L. Hall, The Ohio State University Academy of Teaching Conference, Columbus, OH: May 2017.

More than Recruitment and Outreach: Diversity and Inclusion in Engineering Education Curricula and Classrooms,” American Society for Engineering Education Zone 2, San Juan, Puerto Rico: March 2017.

“Succeeding and Failing in Technical Communications,” with M. Faure and K. Tichgleaar, INNOVATE, Columbus, OH: May 2016.


Selected Publications

“Queering: Composition, the Digital Archives of Literacy Narratives, and Ways of Knowing” in Re/Orienting Writing Studies: Queer Methods, Queer Projects. Ed. William P. Banks, Matthew B. Cox, and Caroline Dadas. University Press of Colorado and Utah State University Press, 2019.
—Winner of 2020 Conference on College Composition and Communication’s Lavender Rhetorics Award for Excellence in Queer Scholarship Book Award.


“A Tool of Queerness?: The Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives as a Classroom & Research Resource” in The Archive as Classroom: Pedagogical Approaches to the DALN. Eds. Kathryn Comer, Michael Harker, and Ben McCorkle. Logan, UT: Computers and Composition Digital Press, 2018.  


“Writing as Knowing: Creative Knowing through Multiple Messaging Modes in an Engineering Technical Communications Course“ (with L. Hall, J. Herman, L. Wahlin) in Creative Ways of Knowing in Engineering. Eds. Diana  Bairaktarova and Michele Eodice. New York: Springer, 2016.