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Anna Plemons

Anna Plemons

Clinical Assistant Professor of English & Director of CLASP for the College of Arts and Sciences

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Anna teaches classes on composition, rhetoric, and digital technology and culture.  Additionally, as the director of the CAS Critical Literacies Achievement and Success Program (CLASP), Anna works with WSU faculty, staff and and students on issues of retention and persistence, paying particular attention to the relationship between pedagogy and retention for underrepresented students. Since 2009, Anna has also held a grant-funded teaching position with the California Arts in Corrections Program.  This allows here to teach creative nonfiction classes at multiple prisons in northern California and oversee a research-based literacy project aimed at empowering incarcerated students to be literacy mentors in their respective families.

Selected Work

“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


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

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