Anne Porter


Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Writing Center



Educational Background

  • Ph.D.  University of Michigan, English and Education
  • M.S.   University of Wisconsin, Counseling Psychology
  • M.A.   University of Wisconsin, Comparative Literature
  • B.A.    St. Norbert College, Humanities

My career at Alma began in


My expertise:

Composition, Rhetoric, and Literacy

Recent publications:

Porter, Anne E.  “’Responsibilizing’ the Youth: The Rhetoric of Civic Participation and the World Bank’s 2009 Climate Change Essay Competition.” Rhetoric, Knowledge, and the Public Sphere.  Agnieszka Kampka and Katarzyna Molak Kozakowska, eds. Peter Lang (2016): 223-238.

Porter, Anne E.  “Sponsoring ‘Green’ Subjects:The World Bank’s 2009 Youth Essay       Contest.” International Advances in Writing Research: Cultures, Places, Measures.Charles Bazerman et al., eds. Anderson, SC: Parlor Press (2012): 251-266. 

Gere, Anne R., Laura Aull, Tim Green, and Anne Porter. “Assessing the Validity of Directed Self-Placement at a Large University.” Assessing Writing 15 (2010):154-76.

Recent presentations:

“Re-framing the Conversation on Aesthetics in the Teaching of Composition.”  Modern Language Association.  Chicago, IL.  January 4, 2019.

“Initiating a Writing Center Faculty Fellows Program.”  Michigan Writing Centers Association.  Oakland University. October 21, 2017.

“Defining Oneself as a Subject Online: The Contours of Possibility (and Constraint).” Mobility Work in Composition: Translation, Migration, Transformation.  Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition. University of Louisville. October 21, 2016. 

“Genre Cues in Writing Assignment Design.”  International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference. University of Michigan.  Ann Arbor, MI.  June 24, 2016.

“The Constitutive Function of Essay Contests in the 19th Century.”  Rhetoric Society of America 17th Biannual Conference.  Rhetoric and Change. Atlanta, GA. May 28, 2016.

“’Workaday Writing’ as Vital Sustenance for the Early Career WPA.” Council of Writing Program Administrators.  Boise, Idaho.  July 2015.

 “Responsibilizing the Youth: The Rhetoric of Civic Participation in the World Bank’s 2009 Climate Change Essay Competition.”  Rhetoric in the Knowledge Society Conference, Rhetoric Society of Europe, Warsaw, Poland.  June 25, 2015.

“Translating Authority in an Online Essay Contest.”  Tenth Annual Conference on the Teaching of Writing, University of Connecticut, Storrs.  March 27, 2015.

“The Distribution of Agency in a Contemporary (Online) Essay Contest.”  Writing Research Across Borders III.  International Society for the Advancement of Writing Research.  Université Paris-Ouest Nanterre La Defense.  February 22, 2014.

Recent grants:

(2017) Mellon Curricular Innovations Grant:  Writing Center Faculty Fellows Program