Thomas Ferrel

Thomas Ferrel
Director of the Writing Studio, Co-Director of the Greater Kansas City Writing Project and an Instructor at UMKC
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critical pedagogy, institutional social justice work and writing center studies


Thomas Ferrel is director of the Writing Studio, co-director of the Greater Kansas City Writing Project and an instructor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He has a Ph.D. in English and Education Leadership, Policies, and Foundations from the University of Missouri-Kansas City; an M.A. in English (literary and cultural studies emphasis) from the University of Hawai'i at Mãnoa; and a B.A. in English with a minor in history from MidAmerica Nazarene University.

Thomas has published in Composition Forum, Praxis, Across the Disciplines, the National Writing Projects's Projects in Action series, and The Writing Center Journal. His research focuses on critical pedagogy, institutional social justice work, and writing center studies. His current projects explore the rhetoric of service and how teachers carry commitments to equity and principles from their classroom pedagogy into service work for their departments, home institutions, local communities and professional disciplines. He enjoys working with writers from any discipline and at any point of the writing process and particularly appreciates opportunities to gain new perspectives and knowledge from writers working in fields outside of his own.

A fun Friday night for Thomas involves cooking (and eating) spicy food with his teenage children and their friends while listening to real genius playlists that result from cross-generational, collaborative music mixing and intergenerational conversations. If there's a writer, a recipe or a tune that he should check out or his life won't be complete, email it to Thomas.