English Faculty - Cathy McDonald

Cathy McDonald
Senior Instructor

Contact Information

Phone: (360) 650-3236
Office: HU 349
Email: Cathy.McDonald@wwu.edu


PhD, Rhetoric and Language, University of Washington
MA, Teaching English, University of Washington
BA, English, magna cum laude, University of Washington

Portrait of Cathy McDonald

Research and Teaching Interests

Kleinknecht Teaching Excellence Award 2009, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Cathy McDonald has been faculty at Western since 2003 and has taught courses numbered from English 100 to English 442. She typically teaches classes in linguistics, digital discourse, literacy, rhetoric, language and society, and even literary representations of disability. Her areas of specialization include rhetorical genre studies, language and discourse, and new media, and her scholarly pursuits theorize self-sponsored digital literacy, teaching with technology, the transferability of writing instruction, and a rhetorical approach to teacher-training, an area of interest she developed while serving as Assistant Director of Composition 2003-2012. While Cathy is newly interested in disability studies, pedagogy is the central and abiding claim to her work in the classroom and the academy.

Selected Publications

“Cheating on the Academy: A Digital Affair in the Real World.” Plenary Session Conference Presentation. Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities. Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing. Victoria, Canada. June 2013.

“Magic Canvas: Digital Building Blocks.” Writing (and) the Digital Generation: Essays on How Interactive Digital Media is Changing Rhetoric and Writing. Jefferson: McFarland. 2010. 207-209

“Rereading Harris: The Genre Proposition in Rewriting” Reader. 2007. 90-121.