Staci Perryman-Clark

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Staci Perryman-Clark
(269) 387-2586
1065 Moore Hall, Mail Stop 5494
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Institute for Intercultural and Anthropological Studies
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5494 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, 2004
Teaching interests: 
  • Methods teaching college writing
  • Special topics in rhetoric and writing studies: Black Women’s Rhetorical Traditions
Research interests: 
  • Culturally relevant pedagogies
  • Afrocentric Teaching
  • African American Language and Rhetoric

Dr. Staci M. Perryman-Clark serves as the Director of the Institute for Intercultural and Anthropological Studies at Western Michigan University, housed within the College of Arts and Sciences. She is also professor of English and African American Studies at Western Michigan University.

Her book (2013) Afrocentric Teacher-Research: Rethinking Appropriateness and Inclusion, 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. As such, her work focuses on creating culturally relevant pedagogies and curricular designs to support all students' expository writing practices. She most recently co-edited (2019) (with Collin Craig) Black Perspectives in Writing Program Administration: From the Margins to the Center published by NCTE/CCCC SWR.

Perryman-Clark's work also focuses on Afrocentric pedagogies in relation to language rights afforded to writing students. Her work has appeared in numerous journals including College English and College Composition and Communication. Her work also focuses on professional development opportunities for Writing Program Administrators and graduate students. Her current project, Writing Across the Curriculum and Faculty Development: Bridging Diversity and Inclusion Partnerships (under contract with University of Colorado/Utah State University Press), is a book-lengthen project that argues that teaching and learning centers and Writing across the Curriculum programs gain tremendously from each other by building explicit partnerships on campus-wide diversity initiatives that emphasize multicultural competence.

Perryman-Clark currently serves as the Assistant Chair of the Conference On College Composition and Communication, the flagship organization in her field. She previously served as the Associate and Acting Dean of the Lee Honors College at Western Michigan University, and has also served previously on the CCCC Executive Committee (2011-2014) and as Chair of the 2015 Nominating Committee. She is a previous recipient of the 2008 CCCC Scholars from the Dream Award, WMU College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion, WMU College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Achievement Award in Research and Scholarship, and Council of Writing Program Administrators Best Book Award. She has served on various CCCC award committees and taskforces.