Dr. Erin McLaughlin, an EWU McNair Scholar from the 2003-2004 cohort, currently works as an Associate Teaching Professor for the University Writing Program at the University of Notre Dame. She attained her BA here at EWU and her Masters and PhD (2010) from Bowling Green State University. In her dissertation she analyzed composing strategies used on YouTube and received the Charles E. Shanklin Award for Research Excellence for a portion of this research published in Computers & Composition Online. More recently she was second author on “Outliving the Ghosts: Storytelling and Community Engagement through Classroom Practice,” published in Pedagogy, January 2018.
Dr. McLaughlin is invested in supporting student writers and increasing their multimodal literacies. She has created several YouTube videos about how to use online technologies such as GarageBand and WordPress as a part of academic curriculum and the advantages of these tools. In addition to teaching at Notre Dame, she has been involved with the Digital Mirror, a technoliteracy camp for girls in grades 6-8, for which she helped acquire a $10,000 grant from the American Association of University Women.
We are so proud of Dr. McLaughlin’s work in academia and in giving back to students!