Instructor Spotlight: Kyle Boggs

Published: January 20th, 2017

Category: Featured, Uncategorized

Kyle Boggs is a new lecturer at the University Writing Program where he has been teaching Writing in the Humanities and will be teaching Writing in Journalism in spring 2017. He says there has never been a more exciting time to teach Writing in Journalism due to the impact of fake news and the renewed calls for scrutiny of the media.

Boggs holds a PhD in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English from the University of Arizona. He also holds an MA in Rhetoric and Composition and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender studies, both from Northern Arizona University. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing from Purdue University.

His dissertation showed how outdoor recreation is inherently colonial. Boggs focused on a controversy surrounding the manufacture of fake snow from a city’s wastewater supply, and the distribution of that fake snow across a ski-area—an area which also happened to be sacred to thirteen regional native tribes. Boggs’ aim was to show how even the innocent idea of recreation can impact the hierarchy of land use by reinforcing settler-colonial ideas.

Currently, Boggs is turning his dissertation into a book proposal and various articles dealing with how recreation has been shaped by settler colonialism.

Boggs has been a regular contributor to The Noise and High Country News. His articles reflect his interest in uplifting marginalized voices and bringing attention to environmental and social issues that fall by the wayside. He writes about water issues, including why a Hopi man runs ultra-marathons and whether enough is being done to protect the rights of indigenous people in the United States.

Boggs was also involved in beginning the Flagstaff chapter of Men Against Rape and Sexism (MARS). He helped found a student group of MARS at Northern Arizona University where he, along with students, gave bystander intervention, sexual violence prevention and education training in sororities and fraternities, locker rooms, and classrooms. From there, they were able to extend it into the Flagstaff community where the MARS project developed into the BARS Project (Bars Against Rape and Sexism). In Shattering the Stigma, Boggs can be seen discussing the issues with society’s concept of masculinity and how that has shaped our perception of rape and rape victims.

In the classroom, Boggs aims to use his extensive experience to put his students at ease about the writing process. “I have my students re-imagine the space of the classroom as a town square, where they sharpen their rhetorical dexterity within the context of citizenship and community,” he says. The goal of this is to help each individual student think about their experiences with writing and how their individual make up—race, gender, sexuality, ability, age—has worked to shape them into the writer they are today.

Within the University Writing Program, Boggs is impressed with the effort to “bridge the gap between composition theory and real-world applications of those theories in a way that complements students’ individual passions/goals/disciplines/future careers.” He is also impressed by the “tremendously bright” students here at UF, and looks forward to meeting many more.

Boggs has only been in Gainesville a few months, but says that it is one of the friendliest and most welcoming cities he has visited. He would like to thank everyone who has eased his transition into Gainesville and his new post as lecturer at the UWP.

—Holly Pratt


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