Celnisha Dangerfield Named Newest WRC Program Professor; Weeks of Candidacy Come to a Close

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This article was co-written by Josie Grant and Jack Thomas

In the beginning weeks of the Winter 2024 semester, students in the WRC (Writing, Rhetoric, and Communication) program had the opportunity to sit in on lectures and informal conversations with three potential program candidates visiting the university. These candidates gave students a glimpse at potential new faculty members, sitting down with them during program lunches and giving mock lectures to Gary Deaton’s Persuasion class. Each candidate brought something unique to the table, making the two-week candidacy period worth everyone’s time.

Celnisha Dangerfield presented her research titled “Writing/Righting the Wrongs of Place: Hannah/Bond/Crafts’ Search for Sanctuary,” on Friday, January 12th. Dangerfield completed her undergraduate degree at Clark Atlanta University and is working towards her Ph.D. at the University of Memphis. As she presented her thesis work she offered a refreshing interest in communications and its intersection with racial and cultural studies. She reassured the handful of students dining with her that being at a predominantly white university did not scare her, but instead presented an additional motivator. In her practice lecture, students connected with Dangerfield’s personable and fun attitude, and found her straightforward teaching style easy to follow and engage with.

Recently, the professors of the WRC program announced with excitement that Professor Dangerfield was selected as the newest addition to the Transy family. Her drive, expertise, and enthusiasm are sure to bring a plethora of positivity to the program as she begins her work this summer, offering courses that are soon to be announced. For more questions, contact program director Scott Whiddon.

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Hi! My name is Josie Grant! I am a junior from Lex, KY. I’m a WRC and Political Science double major with a Spanish minor. I’m one of our two editors in Chief for the 2023-24 school year. Around campus I’m also involved in Phi Mu, as our social chair, and as a staffer in the TU Writing Center. I have loved every minute being a part of The Rambler and cannot wait to see how it continues to evolve 🙂