Dr. Johanna Schmertz teaches courses in writing, film, and gender studies. Her Ph.D. dissertation entitled “Reframing Writing Pedagogy Through Film” forged connections between film and writing pedagogy, and her Ph.D. qualifying exams included the areas of gender studies, rhetoric, and feminist theory. She has published on film, pedagogy, and rhetoric, using theories of gender performativity as her theoretical framework, and has presented at a wide range of conferences. She recently received two internal grants to do archival work on gender in early cinema. This set of qualifications prepared her to teach courses in early cinema (ENG 3356); advanced gender studies (ENG 4350); composition (ENG 1302); essay writing (ENG 3305); and survey of cinema (ENG 2309).
:•“The Leatrice Joy Bob: The Clinging Vine and Gender’s Cutting Edge.” Researching Women in Silent Cinema: New Findings and Perspectives. Ed. Monica Dell’Asta, Victoria Duckett, and LuciaTralli. Alma Mater Studiorum, Universita di Bologna, 2013. 401-414.
•“A Scholarly Project: Film as an Introductory Academic Literacy.” Lead article in The Journal of Teaching Writing 24.1 (2008): 1-19.
•“Movies of the Reader’s Mind: Re-Mediating Interpretation with Film.” Modern Language Studies 36.2 (2007): 88-104.
•"Constructing Essences: Ethos and the Postmodern Subject of Feminism." Rhetoric Review 18.1 (1999): 82-92.