Author: Brown and Hubbell

Ryan Brown is an English lecturer at the University of Alabama in Huntsville whose academic and research interests include ecocomposition, environmentalist rhetoric, and ecocriticism. Gaines Hubbell is an assistant professor and WPA at the University of Alabama in Huntsville where he researches the history of rhetoric and video game criticism.

The Fall 2020 semester saw Composition programs across academic institutions struggling to adjust to the multiplied limitations brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. While colleges made many different accommodations, ours offered a number of—primarily technological—solutions which differed according to instructor and student comfort levels: synchronous online, asynchronous online, “hybrid,” and “hybrid” with a remote option. With such varied classroom environments, often within the same class section, instructors modified their pedagogies with attention to individual student needs. Furthermore, those needs, exacerbated by social and economic inequities and intense political anxieties, became more obviously emotional. “Health and Safety” sections on syllabi fell…

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