Courtney Adams Wooten

Courtney Adams Wooten

Courtney Adams Wooten

Assistant Professor

Writing Program Administration, Feminist Rhetorics, Composition

Courtney Adams Wooten began her career at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX, serving as the writing program administrator there for four years before joining GMU as the Director of Composition. She co-edited the collections WPAs in Transition and The Things We Carry: Strategies for Recognizing and Negotiating Emotional Labor in Writing Program Administration, and she has published in Composition Studies, WPA, Peitho, Harlot, Academic Labor, and College English as well as several edited collections. 

She will be on research leave in Fall 2021. 

Current Research

Affective Circulations of Reproductive Doxa in Childfree Rhetorics. A monograph analyzing the ways reproductive doxa affectually circulates through childfree women's rhetorics. 

“WPA Work at Large Institutions."

Selected Publications

The Things We Carry: Strategies for Recognizing and Negotiating Emotional Labor in Writing Program Administration. Courtney Adams Wooten, Jacob Babb, Kristi Murray Costello, and Kate Navickas, eds. Logan, UT: Utah State University Press, 2020. 

WPAs in Transition: Navigating Educational Leadership Positions.Courtney Adams Wooten, Jacob Babb, and Brian Ray, eds. Logan, UT: Utah State University Press, 2018.  

“‘I Get Some Discrimination They Don't Get, They Get Discrimination I Don't Get’: Childfree Reproductive Experiences in English Studies.” College English vol. 83, no. 5, May 2021, pp. 379-402.

“Rethinking SETs: Retuning Student Evaluations of Teaching for Student Agency.” With Brian Ray and Jacob Babb. Composition Studies 46.1 (Spring 2018): 34-56.

  • Received the Council of Writing Program Administrators Outstanding Scholarship Award, 2020.

Expanded Publication List

“Beyond the Anecdote: Rhetorical Processes of TA Sensemaking.” Chapter accepted in Sensemaking in Writing Programs and Writing Centers. Ed. Rita Malenczyk.

“The Pursuit of (Un)Happiness in Rhetoric and Composition TAs’ Experiences.” Chapter accepted in Not Nearly All in a Row: Liminality and Variation in the Composition and Rhetoric TAship. Ed. Bill Macauley. Utah State University Press.

“First-Generation WPAs as Literacy Sponsors for First-Generation College Students.” With Jacob Babb. Chapter accepted in Beyond Fitting In: Rethinking First-Gen Writing and Literacy Education. Ed. Kelly Ritter. Under contract with MLA. 

“Collegiality as Surveillance? Implementing Collegiality Statements in Institutions of Higher Education.” With Megan Condis. Academic Labor: Research and Artistry 2.1 (2018): 1-13. Available at

“Control and Constraint: Margaret Thatcher and the Dynamics of Gendered Rhetoric During Prime Minister’s Questions.” Peitho 20.2 (Spring 2018): 337-362.

“Travels, Transitions, and Leadership.” With Jacob Babb. In WPAs in Transition.Courtney Adams Wooten, Jacob Babb, and Brian Ray, eds. Logan, UT: Utah State University Press, 2018.

“Toward a Rhetoric of Expectations and Standards: Collaborative Assessment and Curricular Revision.” With Jacob Babb. InContingency, Exploitation, Solidarity. Eds. Seth Kahn, William Lalicker, and Amy Lynch-Biniek. WAC Clearinghouse. Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2017. 169-182.

“WPAs Reading SETs: Confronting Authority and Contingency.” With Brian Ray and Jacob Babb. WPA: Writing Program Administration 40.1 (Fall 2016): 50-66.     

“Dottie and Me: Constructing Childless-by-Choice Alternative Rhetorics.” Harlot 13 (2015): n.p. Web.

“The Mediation of Literacy Education and the Extension Program at UNC-Chapel Hill, 1912-1924.” Composition Studies 41.2 (2013): 40-57.

Rev. of Nicholas N. Behm, Gregory R. Glau, Deborah H. Holdstein, Duane Roen, and Edward M. White’s The WPA Outcomes Statement – A Decade Later. Composition Studies 41.2 (2013): 134-137.

“‘We Have Issues!’: Mentors Share Their Stories.” With Jane B. Smith, Jamerson Magwood,Heather Harman, Heath Whatley, Gary Caulder, and Brittany Cecil. Southern Discourse 10.2 (Spring 2007): 3, 13.

Grants and Fellowships

“Writing@Mason: Articulating, Sharing, and Supporting Threshold Knowledges for Mason Core Writing Courses.” Curriculum Impact Grant, GMU, July 2019. With Michelle Lafrance, E. Shelley Reid, Tom Polk, and Susan Lawrence. 

“Civic Engagement in Mason Writing.” Curriculum Impact Grant, GMU, July 2018. With Jessica Matthews.

Courses Taught

ENGH 101: Composition

ENGH 302: Advanced Composition

ENGH 615: Proseminar in Composition Instruction


Ph.D in English (Rhetoric and Composition), University of North Carolina at Greensboro, May 2014.

M.A. in English, Winthrop University, May 2008.

B.A. in English with Honors, Wingate University, May 2006.

Recent Presentations

“The Things We’re Carrying: Navigating Emotional Labor in Writing Centers.” International Writing Centers Association Collaborative Plenary. With Jacob Babb, Kristi Murray Costello, and Kate Navickas. April 2021.

“They Want Me to Do What? WPA Workload at Large Institutions.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. April 2021.

Co-leader of “Self-Care in Challenging Times.” Council of Writing Program Administrators Virtual Conference, July 2020. 

“Working to Redefine ‘Happy’: Gendered Happiness Scripts and Childfree Women.” Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference. Harrisonburg, VA. November 2019.

“Morphing Administrative Design in Public Writing Programs.” Conference on Community Writing. Philadelphia, PA. October 2019.