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Alexis Poe Davis
Teaching Instructor

Office: Bate 2103
Phone: 252.328.1474

After earning a B.A. in English Literature (minor in Philosophy) and an M.A. in Technical and Professional Communication, Alexis Poe Davis has continued her studies as a doctoral candidate in East Carolina University’s PhD Program in Technical and Professional Discourse. Her dissertation attempts to analyze the relationship between the collaborative reviewing practices of a state employees' association and the organization's identity. Recent conference presentation topics include the challenges of transcribing vernacular speech patterns, the use of video for constructing the identity of the international Zapatista movement, and the legacy of a 1947 “race” film made in Greenville, NC. 

In addition to pursuing her research interests, Davis is currently teaching Composition at ECU. In the past she has taught Research and Composition, Appreciating Literature, Writing for Business and Industry, Technical Writing, and Advanced Business Writing at ECU and Developmental Writing at Pitt Community College.

When she’s not working, Davis tries to find time to do some non-work related reading, her current favorites being Naomi Wolf, Michael Gira, and Alexei Sayle. She also enjoys watching zombie movies, British comedies, and HBO's "True Blood." Whenever possible, she travels internationally, including visits to Managua, London, Paris, and Madrid.

Most importantly, she will be a grandmother in December, when her first grandson is expected to arrive.

B.A. East Carolina University
M.A. East Carolina University

Primary Areas of Research/Teaching
Writing in the Workplace,
Collaborative Writing,
Cultural Rhetoric

Technical and Professional Communication
Rhetoric and Composition
First-Year Writing

Courses Taught
1100: Composition I

Selected Publications and Presentations

"Investigating Social (Trans)Formation of Cultural Identity." 58th Annual Conference on College Composition and Communication, National Council of Teachers of English, New York City, NY. (2007, March).

"Disappearing Acts: Exploring the Legacy of the 1947 North Carolina Film Pitch a Boogie Woogie." 4th Annual Black History Conference, Association for African American Historical Research Preservation, Seattle, WA. (2007, Februrary)

"How Do I Spell That?: Fun With Transcription." 57th Annual Conference on College Composition and Communication, National Council of Teachers of English, Chicago, IL. (2006, March)

"Thinking Things Through: Approaches to Transcribing Speech of Elderly African-Americans." 3rd Annual TESOL/Applied Linguistics Graduate Students Conference, Carolina Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Greenville, NC.  (2006, February). [with Jeanette W. Morris]

"Reaching the Over-40 Female Learner: A Guide to Success." North Carolina Community College System Conference, NCCCS, Greensboro, NC. (2004, October). [with Chanda Rook]