Staci Perryman-Clark

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Staci Perryman-Clark
Director of IIAS and Professor of English
(269) 387-2586
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613 Sprau Tower, Mail Stop 5331
Mailing address: 
Department of English
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5331 USA
  • Ph.D., Rhetoric and Writing, Michigan State University, 2010
  • M.A., English, Eastern Michigan University, 2006
  • B.A., Creative Writing and Literature, University of Michigan
Teaching interests: 
  • Methods teaching college writing
  • Introduction to professional writing
  • Thought and writing
  • Special topics in rhetoric and writing studies
Research interests: 
  • Culturally relevant pedagogies
  • Writing program administration
  • First year writing

Dr. Perryman-Clark is an associate professor of English at Western Michigan University.

Her book "Afrocentric Teacher-Research: Rethinking Appropriateness and Inclusion" (Peter Lang Publishing, 2013), is a qualitative empirically-based teacher research study that examines the ways in which African American students and all students perform expository writing tasks using an ebonics-based rhetoric and composition focused first-year writing curriculum.

Her work focuses on:

  • Creating culturally relevant pedagogies and curricular designs to support all students' expository writing practices.
  • Afrocentric pedagogies in relation to language rights afforded to writing students.Her works that discuss Afrocentric and language rights pedagogies have appeared in numerous rhetoric and composition journals including Composition Studies, Pedagogy, and Teaching English in the Two Year College. Future works exploring Afrocentricity and language rights will appear in the The Journal of Teaching Writing and Rhetoric and Composition's flagship journal, College Composition and Communication. Perryman-Clark is collaborating on an edited collection (with David E. Kirkland and Austin Jackson) titled, Students' Right to Their Own Language (SRTOL): A Critical Sourcebook, under contract with Bedford St. Martins.
  • Professional development opportunities for writing program administrators and graduate students. She has authored and co-authored articles in Composition Forum, Writing Program Administration, and Computers and Composition that explore opportunities for designing special topics graduate courses on black women intellectuals, teaching with technology philosophy statements and exploring the intersections between race and gender in writing program administration. Her article (co-authored with Collin Craig), Troubling the Boundaries: (De)Constructing WPA Identities at the Intersections of Race and Gender, is used as a framework for the Council of Writing Program Administrators Mentor Project.

Perryman-Clark was recently elected to rhetoric and composition's flagship organization, the Conference on College Composition and Communication Executive Committee. She has received national honors from Michigan State University, Ford Foundation and Conference on College Composition and Communication.

Perryman-Clark won a 2018 College of Arts and Sciences Diversity and Inclusion Award.