Elizabeth Brewer Olson

Associate Professor and Director of Composition


Contact Information

Willard-DiLoreto Hall W 401-36

Phone: 860-832-2763

Email: ebrewerolson@ccsu.edu



  • Ph.D. in English - Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy Studies 2014 
    Interdisciplinary Specialization in Disability Studies
    The Ohio State University
  • M.A. in English - Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy Studies 2009
    The Ohio State University
  • B.A. in English with Honors, Summa Cum Laude 2007
    The Ohio State University

Professional Positions

Co-editor of Disability Studies Quarterly with Brenda Brueggemann: http://dsq-sds.org

Research Interests

Contemporary Rhetorical Theory, Writing Program Administration, Disability Studies, Composition Pedagogy, Faculty Development


  • “Coming Out Mad, Coming Out Disabled: Narrative Coming Out and Ethos Construction in the Synthesis of Two Fields.” Literatures of Madness: Disability Studies and Mental Health, edited by Elizabeth J. Donaldson, Palgrave, 2018, pp. 11-30.

  • “Passageways and Betweenity: A Brenda Jo Brueggemann Retrospective.” Composition in the Presence of Disability, special issue of Composition Forum, vol. 29, 2018, https://www.compositionforum.com/issue/39/brueggemann.php. With Lauren Obermark.

  • “You Got Research in My Writing Class: Embedding Information Literacy in First-Year Composition Courses.” Information Literacy and Writing Studies, edited by Grace Veach, Purdue UP, 2018, pp. 269-280. With Martha Kruy, Briana McGuckin, and Susan Slaga-Metivier.

  • “’Flipping Professional Development’: Engaging Instructor Needs and Changing the Visibility of WPA Work.” Pedagogy, vol. 18, no. 3, 2018, pp. 483-509. With Nora McCook and Kay Halasek.

  • “Moving from the One and Done to a Culture of Collaboration: Reconceptualizing Professional Development for TAs.” WPA: Writing Program Administration, vol. 39, no. 1, 2015, pp. 32-53. With Lauren Obermark and Kay Halasek.

  • “Creating a Culture of Access in Composition Studies.” Composition Studies, vol. 42, no. 2, 2014. With Melanie Yergeau and Cynthia L. Selfe.

  • “A View from DSQ.Disability Studies Quarterly. Special Issue on Growing Disability Studies. Eds. Michelle Jarman and Alison Kafer, vol. 34, no. 2, 2014. http://dsq-sds.org/article/view/4258/3598. With Brenda Jo Brueggemann.

  • “Multimodality in Motion: Disability and Kairotic Spaces.” Kairos, vol. 18, no. 1, 2013.

    http://www.technorhetoric.net/18.1/coverweb/yergeau-et-al/index.html With Melanie Yergeau, Melanie, Stephanie Kerschbaum, Sushil Oswal, Margaret Price, Michael Salvo, Cynthia Selfe, and Franny Howes.

  • Arts and Humanities (The SAGE Reference Series on Disability: Key Issues and Future Directions). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE, 2012. With Brenda Jo Brueggemann, Melanie Yergeau, and Nicholas Hetrick.


Accessibility and Digital Composition Award from the Computers and Composition Digital Press for “Multimodality in Motion: Disability and Kairotic Spaces” co-authored with Melanie Yergeau, Stephanie Kerschbaum, Sushil Oswal, Margaret Price, Michael Salvo, Cynthia Selfe, and Franny Howes (2014)