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Anna Plemons

Assistant Professor, Career Track & Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic & Student Affairs, WSU Tri-Cities

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Dr. Anna Plemons’ academic research focuses broadly on issues of educational justice. In higher education, that focus is applied to issues of access for underrepresented students. In the U.S. prison, her research and teaching practice focuses on decolonial pedagogies and relational methodologies. In the context of DTC, her work focuses broadly on digital inclusion and more specifically the role of digital tools in social justice movements and initiatives.

Selected Work

Beyond Progress in the Prison Classroom: Options and Opportunities.  NCTE.  2019.

“Kindness at First Sight?: The Role of Syllabi in Impression Formation.” Co-authored with Amy Nusbaum and Samantha Swindell. Teaching of Psychology (2020).

“Beyond Progress: In Search of An Indigenous Methodology for the Prison Classroom.” Chapter in Guidebook on Critical Approaches to Higher Education in Prison. Ed. Rebecca Ginsburg.  Routledge.  2019.

“Something Other Than Progress: Resisting the Capitalistic Logics of Higher Education in Prison.” Chapter for Prison Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning with Imprisoned Writers.  Eds. Lockard and Rankins-Robertson.  Syracuse University Press. 2018.

“Retention, Critical Pedagogy, and Students as Agents: Eschewing the Deficit Model.” Co-authored with Beth Buyserie and Patty Ericsson. Book chapter for Overcoming Writers’ Block: Retention, Persistence, and Writing Programs, Eds. Todd Ruecker, Dawn Shepherd, Heidi Estrem, and Beth-Brunk Chavez. April, 2017.

“Literacy as an Act of Creative Resistance: Joining the Work of Incarcerated Teaching Artists at a Maximum Security Prison.” Community Literacy Journal 7.2 (2013). 39-52.


2016-2017 – California Arts Council Curriculum Development Grant, $13,800
2016-2017 – Arts in Corrections Instructional Grant, CSP-Sacramento, $4,880


WSU Woman of the Year, 2019
Provost’s Leadership Academy, 2019-2020
Critical Literacies Achievement and Success Program Advocate Award, 2015
WSU Summer Research Fellowship, 2015
Department of English Technical and Professional Writing Travel Award, 2015

Institutional Service

2020-present – President’s Task Force on Equitable Policy and Practice
2020-present – Chancellor’s Advisory Council on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
2019-present – Academic Affairs Committee & Syllabus Task Force, WSU Faculty Senate
2017 – 2019 – WSU Institutional Review Board
2017 – 2019 — WSU Institutional Review Board Member
2017 — WSU Alive! Faculty Presenter
2017 — WSU New Faculty Orientation, Presenter
Fall 2011 — WSU Common Reading Program, “Prison, Advocacy, and Art” Event Series Coordinator