Dr. Maura Grady

Dr. Maura Grady oversees the First-Year Writing Program at Ashland as well as the University Writing Center, which serves undergraduates and graduate students in all programs. In addition to her administrative role, she teaches in the English department and her scholarly work includes Film and Television Studies, Fan Culture, Gender Studies, Popular Culture Studies, and Composition and Pedagogy. Her current research focuses on innovative approaches to teaching first-year writing and on Writing Center assessment. She is the author of the book The Shawshank Experience: Tracking the History of the World’s Favorite Movie, which examines the real history of the locations used in the popular film. She also has published numerous articles on pedagogy and on film and television history. She holds a Ph.D. and MA in English from the University of California, Davis as well as a Master’s in Education (Curriculum and Instruction) from Ashland University. She joined Ashland University in 2011.

Grady, Maura, Richard Roberson Jr., and Erika Gallion. “Fan Pilgrimage and Student Service Learning.” Fandom in the Classroom. Ed. Katherine Howell. University of Iowa Press, 2018 (forthcoming).
Grady, Maura and Tony Magistrale. Contributions by Richard Roberson, Jr. The Shawshank Experience: Tracking the History of the World’s Favorite Movie. Palgrave/Macmillan, 2016
Grady, Maura. “Story and Structure in Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Operas.” Revisiting Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: Essays on Lessons of Self and Community. Eds. Kathy Merlock Jackson and Stephen M. Emmanuel. McFarland Press, 2016. 130-145.
Roberson, Richard, Jr. and Maura Grady. “The Shawshank Trail: A Cross Disciplinary Study in Film Induced Tourism and Fan Culture.” Almatourism: Journal of Tourism, Culture and Territorial Development. Vol. 6, No. 4 (2015): Special issue on Film Induced Tourism. 47-66.
Grady, Maura. “From Work to Text: Reading The Raven Waits as Beowulf Fan Fiction.” Popular Culture Review Vol. 25, Issue 2, Summer 2014. 22-43.
Grady, Maura. “The Maternal Hero in Tarantino’s Kill Bill.” Heroines in Television and Film: Portrayals in Popular Culture. Eds. Norma Jones, Maja Bajac-Carter, and Bob Batchelor. Rowman and Littlefield, 2014. 65-75
Grady, Maura and Cassie Hemstrom. “Nostalgia for Empire 1963-1974.” Doctor Who in Time and Space: Essays on Themes, Characters, History and Fandom, 1963-2012. Ed. Gillian Leitch. Series Title: Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy. Series Editor: Donald E. Palumbo. McFarland Press, 2013. 125-141
Grady, Maura. “The Fall of the Organization Man: Loyalty and Conflict in the First Season.” Analyzing Mad Men: A Critical Anthology. Ed. Scott Stoddart. McFarland Press, 2011. 45-66

Dr. Joe Mackall

A former journalist with a B.A. from Cleveland State University, M.A. from University of Central Oklahoma, MFA in fiction writing from Bowling Green State University and Ph.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Joe Mackall is director of the Creative Writing program and instructor of nonfiction writing for the Ashland University MFA program. He is co-founder of River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative and co-editor of the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Prize Series in partnership with the University of Nebraska Press. He is author of The Last Street Before Cleveland: An Accidental Pilgrimage (University of Nebraska Press, 2006) and Plain Secrets: An Outsider Among the Amish (Beacon Press, 2007). The Last Street Before Cleveland: An Accidental Pilgrimage will be released in paperback next fall. His articles have been published in a number of newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, Washington Post, Cleveland Magazine and Cleveland Plain Dealer and an interview with him recently aired on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition.”

MFA Seminars and Readings by Joe Mackall
•Recreating Scenes: A Craft Seminar (Monday, August 6, 2012)
•Reading by Joe Mackall (Tuesday, July 31, 2012)
•Reading by Joe Mackall (Friday, July 29, 2011)
MFA, Bowling Green State University
Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania

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