Alexandria Lockett, Ph.D.

For over a decade, Alexandria Lockett has worked with diverse writers in the capacities of tutor, consultant, mentor, editor, career assistant, administrator, and instructor. Throughout her graduate studies at the University of Oklahoma (M.A.) and the Pennsylvania State University (Ph.D.), she assisted college student writers representing various classification levels, nationalities, academic disciplines, and programs.  As a Gates Millennium and McNair Scholar, she is committed to serving communities that include and represent individuals that identify with historically underserved gendered/ethnic/racial/linguistic/geographic/economic/able-bodied backgrounds. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of English at Spelman College.  She joined the Spelman faculty in 2014, and she deeply enjoys the privilege of serving the oldest historically Black college for women.  


At Spelman, her major goal is to strengthen Spelman’s writing culture, raise the profile of writing at HBCUs, and significantly contribute to the transdisciplinary field of Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy Studies. Thus, she occupies two major leadership roles affiliated with Spelman’s Comprehensive Writing Program (CWP), which include serving as chair of the First-Year Writing committee, as well as serving on the Writing-Intensive Checklist Committee and the SpelFolio Jury. Alexandria is also working on several projects that integrate her areas of applied expertise in technical/professional writing, teaching with technology, and writing administration to her research interests in new media, surveillance, and social movements. For example, she was awarded a 2015 ACS Faculty Grant ($10,500), which she used to successfully organize and lead a faculty development symposium dedicated to diversifying online communities entitled, “Integrating Wikipedia into Writing-Intensive Courses at ACS Colleges."  She is also composing a book proposal for Leaked: A Rhetorical History of Miscegenation, as well as a longitudinal research effort to archive and analyze the writing experiences of Spelman College students.  This project, Mapping the Literacy Histories and Practices of Spelman College Writers: A Case Study in Big Data Applications for Small English Departments, has successfully obtained IRB approval and will commence in fall 2016.


Most of Alexandria’s teaching materials are freely available via her website, SlideShare, and her various social media accounts. As a first-generation college student, Alexandria is dedicated to establishing frameworks and curricula that expand access to free higher-education and the entrepreneurial potential of the 21st century. She strongly believes in the sustainability of the Internet and its freedoms, which encourages her to practice radical openness as an ethical principle and educational value. For example, she frequently donates to the Wikimedia and Electronic Frontier Foundations, teaches her students to critical users of technology, which includes: discussing the history of the Internet, its governance structures, user diversity, netizenship, and the significance of Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS).


For more information about her unique pedagogy approach, check out her philosophy of hacker names and Living Wiki(dly). You may also feel free to browse her Teaching Portfolio and relevant course experience.


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