Collin L. Craig
B.A. in English, Stephen F. Austin State University
My profile as a teacher-scholar connects 21st century literacies with cultural rhetorical practices of knowledge production that make visible how scholars and students of color can leverage the political and social dimensions of language practices for social and institutional change. Specifically, my scholarship investigates black male writing, institutional literacy, and Black Male Initiative programs as “practices” of place making that make visible how black college males integrate into and interrogate the language and social norms of their institutions. In my book project, Imagining Possible Lives: Black Male Literacies in the American University, I investigate how African American rhetorical practices work in the shaping of place within predominately white institutions of higher learning. I define what I term a “rhetoric of black male retention,” through how black males locate and make culture in these institutions, and how they use vernacular practices as heuristic for critical literacy development. As I engage the question, “What is the substance of black male writing?” I investigate ways that black college males use literacies to create spaces for interrogating and speaking back to institutional discourses. I also document the evidence they provide for how they navigate these discourses in order to develop and employ meaning making techniques for resistance, cultural assimilation, and identity formation. My interests in cultural rhetoric and 21st century literacy education frame my teaching and commitment to equity and access to higher education.