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Alumna shares thesis research, April 10

2007 EOU graduate shares master’s thesis research, April 10

Contact: Nancy Knowles | Professor of English/Writing
541-962-3795 | nknowles@eou.edu

Jeannette Benton

April 6, 2012
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – EOU alumna Jeannette Benton will present preliminary findings of her thesis research into genre awareness in pedagogy at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, in Badgley Hall, Room 148. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Benton graduated with honors from EOU in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in English and is currently a master’s candidate in English composition at California State University in Sacramento.

Her thesis, “The Effects of Teaching a Meta-Cognitive Understanding of Genre in the First-Year College Composition Classroom,” studies the impact of genre awareness when taught explicitly over one semester at Sacramento State.

Benton’s time in Sacramento included working as a researcher, writing tutor, placement assistant and teaching associate at CSU. She also earned a first place Bazzanella award for a creative nonfiction essay, “Saltwater. 

As an undergraduate, Benton’s writing appeared in “The Voice” student newspaper and EOU’s literary magazine, “Oregon East.” In 2007 she was recognized for her work as a tutor in the EOU Writing Center and received an award for outstanding academic support. Since returning to Union County, Benton is employed in the university’s Learning Center while completing her thesis. Her husband Jim Benton is an instructor of English and writing at EOU.

For more information contact Nancy Knowles, professor of English and writing, at 541-962-3795 or nknowles@eou.edu.