Innovation in Teaching: A Faculty Panel

New to the Graduate Conference this year, we are honored to have three URI faculty members who will present on innovative teaching practices in higher education:

  • How can we increase opportunities for dialogue in the classroom?
  • What are some innovative practices that teachers might use in order to inspire students to form independent theses?
  • How does our work with students in the classroom inform the type of work that we publish?
  • Why do we care so much about reaching a broader audience of students, scholars, and community members?

This panel will run from 1:45-2:45 pm in Swan Hall. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity!




Dr. Stephanie West-Puckett is a rhetoric and composition scholar who specializes in writing program administration and digital, queer, and maker-centered composition practices. She earned her PhD in English (Rhetoric, Writing, and Professional Communication) from East Carolina University in 2017. West-Puckett has served as the Associate Director of the Tar River Writing Project and Director of East Carolina’s Writing Studio, and she has been a co-PI on over $200,000 of education grants. West-Puckett has published peer-reviewed scholarship on writing assessment,  National Writing Project administration, and digital writing.





Mary Cappello is the author of five books of literary nonfiction, including Awkward: A Detour (a Los Angeles Times bestseller); Swallow, based on the Chevalier Jackson Foreign Body Collection in Philadelphia’s Mutter Museum; and, most recently, Life Breaks In: A Mood Almanack. Her work has been featured in the New York Times,, the Huffington Post, on NPR, in guest author blogs for Powells Books, and on six separate occasions as Notable Essay of the Year in Best American Essays. A Guggenheim and Berlin Prize Fellow, a recipient of the Bechtel Prize for Educating the Imagination from Teachers and Writers Collaborative, and the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize from Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies, Cappello is former Fulbright Lecturer at the Gorky Literary Institute (Moscow), and currently        Professor of English and creative writing at the University of Rhode Island. Buffalo Trace: A Threefold Vibration, co-authored with Jean Walton and James Morrison appears this Fall, 2018.




Dr. Amelia Moore is an Assistant Professor of Sustainable Coastal Tourism and Recreation in the Department of Marine Affairs and the College of Environment and Life Sciences at the University of Rhode Island.  She earned her Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of California Berkeley and her B.A. in Environmental Biology from Columbia University.  She approaches her research areas through the adaptive lens of feminist studies of science, building bridges between critical theories of social difference, anthropology, post- and de-colonial studies, political ecology, and the socioecological sciences.

Amelia’s research includes an investigation of new tourism development, destination design, science tourism, sustainable tourism, and the travel branding of small islands as these events are shaped within the era of global change known as the Anthropocene.

She is also concerned with the evolution of environmental politics into ecobiopolitics, global change science, Anthropocene infrastructures, socioecological forms of reason, changing fisheries marinescapes, and the social worlds of field ecology with a special focus on small island naturecultures.  She is currently involved in projects in the coastal state of Rhode Island (USA), Indonesia, and the Caribbean, especially in The Bahamas, her long-term research home.

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