Trapp speaks at composition conference

Dr. Joonna Trapp, associate professor of English at Northwestern College, spoke at the annual convention of the Conference on College Composition and Communication in New York March 21–24.

Trapp presented a paper, “The Dramatics of Female Identity Formation: Writing and Theatre,” about her collaboration with theatre professor Karen Barker in Northwestern’s Women in Public: Chicago Theatre and Film class. Trapp’s presentation was part of a session, “Mouth Wide Shut: The Silencing and Voicing of Feminine Identity,” that examined how women rhetoricians, students, teachers and writers have been silenced and how they have used silence as rhetorical space in forming identity.

In November, Trapp spoke on a related topic at the meeting of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers in Philadelphia. As part of a pedagogy roundtable on "Women in the Classroom," Trapp presented "Creative Strategies in the Women Writers Classroom, Chicago Style."

A member of Northwestern’s faculty since 1999, Trapp received the Northwestern Teaching Excellence Award in 2002. She earned a doctorate in English, with an emphasis in rhetoric and composition, at Texas Christian University in 2003. She was awarded a master’s degree in English at the University of Maryland, College Park, and a bachelor’s in English at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She served as associate director of English undergraduate studies at Texas Christian University and taught at a number of Texas colleges before coming to Northwestern.