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Terese Thonus, PhD

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785-864-2398
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Associate Professor (by courtesy) Terese Thonus directs the KU Writing Center. She currently teaches ENGL 400, Teaching and Tutoring Writing, and mentors students who work as writing consultants. Her research explores the intersections of oral interaction and writing, particularly in writing center contexts. Her work has appeared in Assessing Writing, Discourse and Society, Journal of Second Language Writing, Linguistics and Education, Journal of College Reading and Learning, and the Writing Center Journal. With Rebecca Babcock, she co-authored Researching the Writing Center: Towards an Evidence-Based Practice (Peter Lang, 2012). Her current research examines speaking-writing relationships in second language acquisition theory and second language writing.


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Meet the writer: Rute Muniz. KU undergrad, majoring in social work with a minor in public policy. First-year student from Brazil. Long-term goal: work to end child trafficking, both by helping single individuals and by making a difference on a global scale in terms of policy. Office Assistant at the KU Writing Center. “Writing is one of my basic needs. Not that I will physically die if I don’t write, but I will lose my glow, part of my personality. I write everywhere, anytime I feel inspired: at my classes, in the hallways, at my room, in my mind. I write to express how I feel, what I want to feel, and what I need to feel. I write to release forgiveness. I write to question, to argue, but also to think over things. I write to define who I am and distort what I once defined. Even if it is a paper for a class, I am always trying to make sense of it in my life. I write for many or for a few, for the called sane and the called crazy, because I have a little bit of both of them in me.” Want to hear more from Rute? Follow her on Twitter @callherute and Instagram @rutecmuniz. #writersofku #thisiswhatawriterlookslike (Photo credit: Katie Elliott)
"Writing is one of my basic needs. I write to define who I am."--Rute Muniz, KU 1st-year #thisiswhatawriterlookslike http://t.co/TzNBqvbMmZ


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