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Academic Appointments

2018 – Assistant Professor of English, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse


2018 – PhD in the Joint Program in English and Education, The University of Michigan

2011 – M.A. in English Literature, Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College, VT

2004 – M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, The University of Texas at Austin

1995 – B.A. in English, The University of Texas at Austin

Research and Professional Experience

Graduate Student Instructional Consultant, Center for Research on Teaching and Learning, University of Michigan, 2015-2018

Facilitator, Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop on Teaching and Technology, 2015-2018

HASTAC Scholar, 2014-2017

Graduate Associate, Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative, University of Michigan, 2013-2016

Research Assistant to Professor Anne Curzan, University of Michigan, Summer 2013

Writing Center Administrator, Bread Loaf School of English, Santa Fe, Summer 2009 and Summer 2011


Garcia, M., & Hammond, J. W. (2016). Investigating the “Teacher Savior”: Veronica Mars and the Mysteries of Education. In M. Readman (Ed.), Mediated Pedagogies. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Garcia, M. (2015). Remixing Time and Space. In Tara Prescott (Ed.), Neil Gaiman in the 21st Century
 Essays on the Novels, Children’s Stories, Online Writings, Comics and Other Works. London: McFarland.

Policy Briefs

“Censorship Now: Revisiting The Students’ Right to Read.” The Council Chronicle. March 2014.

“First-Year Writing: What Good Does it Do?” The Council Chronicle, November 2013.

“Implementation of the Common Core State Standards.”  The Council Chronicle, September 2013.


Review of “In Search of Troublesome Digital Writing: A Meditation on Difficulty,” keynote address at the 2013 Computers and Writing Conference.

Conference Proceedings

Garcia, M., Miller, P., Raw, A., and Silver, N. (2016). The Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative as an Instructional Tool: Cross-Community Connections and Collaborations. Computers and Writing Annual Conference 2016.


“Technologies of Writing Assessment and the Assessment of Composing Technologies,” co-presented with James Hammond, NCTEAR, February 2016

“Digital Instruction for Digital Natives: Bridging Extracurricular and Academic Technology Expertise,” MLA Annual Conference, January 2016.

“Their Own Devices: Case Studies of High School Students’ Social and Academic Uses of Technology,” NCTE Annual Conference, November 2015

“Toward a Ground-Level View of a Bird’s-Eye Mandate: Pre-Service Teacher Perceptions of the Common Core,” co-presented with James Hammond, Conference on English Education, July 2015

“Whistle While You Work: The Hidden Labor in Academic Play,” Computers and Writing Conference, May 2015

“Free and Free By-products: Evolutions In the Relationship between Fan Labor and Intellectual Property,” Computers and Writing Conference, June 2014.

“Multimedia Composition: Assigning and Assessing in Secondary ELA classrooms,” NCTEAR Conference, January 2014

“Multimedia composition: assigning and assessing in secondary ELA classrooms,” NCTEAR Conference, January 2014

“Elementary, My Dear Watson: Audience, Multiplicity, and Prismatic Reading” co-presented with James Hammond, LangRhet Graduate Student Conference, November 2013

“Fans and Fan by-products,” EMU-WIDE Un-conference, October 2013

“Multimedia Composition in theory and practice,” Graduate Research Network, Computers and Writing Conference, June 2013

“Learning Language from the Ground Up: the role of grammar instruction in language acquisition,” Rackham Summer Institute Research Symposium, August 2012

“Teaching Language through Writing One to One: Case study of an elementary-age English Language Learner,” Bread Loaf School of English Writing Center training, July 2011

“Using Comics in the Classroom,” Heart of Texas Writing Project Conference, February 2009

Grants and Awards

Rackham Merit Fellowship – 2012-2017

Named Scholar, Center for the Education of Women  – 2016

John D’Arms Graduate Fellowship – 2016

Critical Difference Grant, Center for the Education of Women – 2016, 2015

Rackham Summer Award – 2015

Digital Humanities Summer Institute Scholarship – 2015

Rackham Conference Travel Grant – 2015, 2014, 2013

English Departmental Conference Travel Grant – 2015, 2014

Nominee, Rackham Outstanding GSI Award – 2015

The Penale/Challenger Award – 2011

The Dulcie Scott Memorial Award – 2010

The Mina Shaughnessy Memorial Award – 2009

Teaching Experience

Field Instructor, Secondary English Certification, School of Education, University of Michigan, September 2013-present

Graduate Student Instructor, First Year Composition, University of Michigan, September 2012 – December 2012

Adjunct Professor, Composition I and Composition II, Austin Community College, September 2011 – May 2012

ESL Teacher, Grades 2-6, The Woodstock School, Mussoorie, India, July 2010 – June 2011

English II/English III/AVID/Creative Writing Teacher, Crockett High School, Austin ISD, August 2008 – June 2010

English II/English III/ESOL/Reading Teacher, Travis High School- Austin ISD, January 2004 – May 2008

Exit Level TAKS Scorer, Pearson Educational Measurement Solutions, February/March 2007

English/Film Teacher, McNeil Jr. High, Wichita Falls ISD, June 1999 – May 2000

English/Speech Teacher, Kirby Jr. High-Wichita Falls ISD, July 1998 – June 1999

Professional Development

Graduate Teacher Certification + Digital Media, University of Michigan – 2015

Pre-AP training, UT Dallas campus – Summer 2009

Symposium Addressing the Needs of Secondary LEP students – Summer 2006

New Jersey Writing Project – Summer 2005

Master Reading Teacher – Summer 2004

National Writing Project – Summer 2003


Graduate Student Community Organization (GSCO), University of Michigan, September 2013 – 2017

School of Education Student Ambassador, January 2014 – 2018

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)  Mentor – Winter 2016

Girl Scout Troop Leader, September 2006 –May 2010