Papers, Presentations



  • Workshop: “Working with Sources: Strategies for Developing & Sustaining Your Research Agenda,” with Drs. Gene Hammond & Santosh Khadka, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal, Aug. 9, 2016.
  • Talk: “Get Inspired.” United States Education Foundation, Kathmandu, Nepal, Aug. 2, 2016.
  • Keynote: “Making Transformations: Growing by Giving.” Transformations: An Educational Summit. Midwestern University, Surkhet, Nepal, Jul. 25, 2016.
  • Featured Paper: “Translanguaging Done in Hiding.” Writing Education Across Borders, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou, China, May 20, 2016.
  • Webinar Series: “Connected Learning,” sponsored by National Writing Project for an international audience, co-facilitated with Maha Bali (American University of Cairo, Egypt), 4 sessions, Aug. 2015.


  • Paper: “Countering Insecurity with Advocacy for International Students: Pedagogical and Programmatic Strategies,” (proposal accepted, to be presented with Dr. Kristina Lucenko). Modern Language Association Conference, New York, Mar. 2018.
  • Paper: “Reflective Encounters: Beyond the Profile of Chinese Students.” Thematic session: “Far Beyond Recruitment: Understand Chinese Students and Helping Them Succeed,” organized by SBU Global Affairs Office and Association of International Education Administrators, 12, 2017.
  • Lecture: “The Place of Writing Education in ELT: A Case for Nepal.” Nepal English Language Teachers’ Association, Kathmandu, Nepal, Aug. 13, 2016.
  • Talk: “Multimedia Across Cultural Borders.” Digital Media and Composition, 2015, Ohio State U., May 20, 2015.


  • Talk: “Making Learning Accessible: Teaching Strategies for Helping ‘Multilingual’ Students Transition to and Succeed in College.” Queens College, CUNY, New York, Feb. 28, 2017.
  • Workshop: “Streamlining Writing,” a full-day session focusing on writing concisely, with editors of biology journals, Cambridge, Boston, Oct. 2016.
  • Talk: “Writing Studies and Writing-Intensive Pedagogy Across the Curriculum.” Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal, July 17, 2016.
  • Roundtable (led discussion with provost and eight deans of Tribhuvan University): “Implementing and Improving the System in Nepal.” Kathmandu, Nepal, Aug. 15, 2016.
  • Talk: “Toward a System of Agents and Advocates: Theorizing a Paradigm Shift in Graduate-Level Writing Support for International Students.” Migration Study Project, Penn State University, Dec. 9, 2015.
  • Workshop: 3-hour writing session for scientists, with Dr. Kristina Lucenko, at Scientific Writing Retreat, organized by Alda Center for Communicating Science, Cold Spring Harbor National Lab, NY, Dec. 4, 2015.

ON CAMPUS (INSTITUTIONAL)                                                                                                            

  • Faculty Orientation segment: “Facilitating International Students’ Academic Transition.” Undergraduate Colleges, Stony Brook U, Dec. 10 & 11, 2016; Jan. 13 & 14, 2017.
  • Talk: “Beyond Binaries: Teaching as Lifelong Learning.” Kings College, Kathmandu, Nepal, Aug. 11, 2016.
  • Talk: “Developing Your Research Agenda.” Kathmandu University, Kathmandu, Nepal, Aug. 15, 2016.
  • Workshops/Talks (13 total) given during research visits (2014-16), titles/presentations varied:
  • Best Practices in Graduate Writing Support (talks/focus groups): Pennsylvania State University (12/12/2015); California State U. Northridge (2/11/2016); U. of Louisville (4/2/2015); U. of Louisiana Monroe (1/20/2016).
  • Reading Strategically in Graduate School (workshops): Cornell U. (2/20/2015); of Louisville (4/2/2015);
    U. of Florida (11/12/2014); California State U. Northridge (2/11/2016).
  • Effective Writing Strategies for Graduate Level Writing (workshops): Ohio State U. (5/22/2016).
  • Communicating Specialized Knowledge (workshops): U. of Florida (3/23/2015); Penn State U. (12/10/2015).
  • Getting Published: Process & Dynamics (talk): U. of Florida (11/6/2014).
  • Striving for Originality (workshop): Ohio State U. (5/21/2016).

PAPERS AT PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCES                            


  • “Making Transnational Writing Research Perform Educationally Productive and Ethically Sound Roles,” (panel organizer: “Roles that Writing Education Performs: Perspectives from Transnational Research, Advocacy, and Collaboration by Writing Scholars in Bangladesh and the United States” with Gene Hammond and Mohammad Shamsuzzaman), Conference on College Composition and Communication, Pittsburgh, March 12-16, 2019.
  • “Process of Learning to Write as Exploring Complex Spaces and Ecologies: The Case of International Graduate Students in the STEM Fields.” Panel by B. Sharma & S. Canagarajah: “Disciplinary Socialization of International STEM Scholars: From Grammatical Competence to Spatial Repertoire.” American Association of Applied Linguistics, Atlanta, Georgia March 9-12, 2019.
  • “Terms of Discourse, Discipline, and Profession in India.” Part of sponsored panel: “Centering Transnational Work: A Study of Writing Practices in Tertiary Education in Romania, Nepal, India, and Colombia,” invited by Transnational Writing Standing Group, Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), Portland, OR, Mar. 17, 2017.
  • “Engaging the Transnational: A Multi-Sited Study of Discourse about Writing in Tertiary Education in Romania, Nepal, India, and Colombia.” Writing Research Across Borders, Bogota Colombia, Feb. 17, 2017. (Shared virtually via website due to difficulties/uncertainties in international travel).
  • “Establishing a Writing Center” (a concurrent session training tutors and director). Transformations: An Education Summit. Midwestern University, Surkhet, Nepal, July 24, 2016.
  • “Transitions in the Transnational Turn: Making Pedagogical Interventions.” Rhetoric Society of America Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, May 2016.
  • “It Takes a Village: Situating Graduate Writing and Communication for International Students in the Context of Academic Transition and Success.” CCCC, Houston, TX, Apr. 8, 2016.
  • “Effective Writing Programs and Pedagogies at the Graduate Levels in STEM Disciplines.” CCCC, Tampa, FL, Mar. 19, 2015.
  • “Translating Success: Academic Transition Narratives of Multilingual Students.” CCCC, Indianapolis, IN, Mar. 24, 2014.
  • “Who? Me? Rethinking Academic Discourse Vis-à-vis ‘International” Students,” Rhetoric Society of America Conference, San Antonio, Texas, May 24, 2014.
  • “Writing with the World: Using Alternative Rhetorical Models to Unpack Traditional Argumentation.” CCCC, Las Vegas, NV, Mar. 18, 2013.
  • “Beyond the Greco-Roman View of Rhetoric: The Use of Nyaya Sutra Argument in a Writing Classroom.” Rhetoric Society of America Conference, Philadelphia, PA, May 26, 2012.
  • “Does Language Matter? Nonnative English Speaking Scholars’ Perceptions of Language Difference in Academic Writing in the Disciplines.” CCCC, Louis, MO, Apr., 2012.
  • “Epistemological Crossroads: Writing Practices of Multilingual Scholars in the Academic Disciplines,” The 22nd Penn State U. Conference on Rhetoric and Composition, State College, PA, July 11, 2011.
  • “Global Popular Culture & Literacy Practices of Nepalese Youth Online.” CCCC, Atlanta, GA, Apr. 8, 2011.
  • “Navigating Epistemological Worldviews: Nepalese Graduate Students in Rhetoric and Composition Programs in the US.” CCCC, Louisville, KY, Mar. 18, 2010.
  • “Perceptions and Perspectives: The Journey of Knowledge in Abhi Subedi’s Fire in the Monastery.” Conference of the Literary Association of Nepal, Kathmandu, Nepal, Mar. 2, 2005.
  • “Teaching Speaking: Designing Activities for Large Classes.” International Conference of the Nepal English Language Teachers Association (NELTA), Kathmandu, Feb.26, 2001.
  • “Teaching Listening: Developing Student-Centered Activities.” International Conference of the Nepal English Language Teachers Association (NELTA), Kathmandu, Feb. 24, 2000.

REGIONAL CONFERENCES                                                                                           

  • “A Pedagogy of Ethical Argumentation for Politically Fraught Times.” Teaching of Writing Festival, Suffolk County Community College. Long Island, NY, Oct. 26, 2018.
  • “Project MASLOW: Interventions in Graduate Education through Online Writing Pedagogy.” With Cynthia Davidson. SUNY Council on Writing Conference, SUNY Farmingdale, NY, Oct. 19-20, 2018.
  • “Internationalization as a Neoliberal versus Humanistic Affordance in Writing Pedagogy.” SUNY Council on Writing Conference. New Albany, NY, Mar. 2016.
  • “The Brave New World of Writing Instruction: Lessons from Teaching Writing Online.” Teaching of Writing Festival, Suffolk County Community College. Long Island, NY, Oct. 17, 2015.
  • “(Re)imagining, (Re)positioning, and (Re)evaluating Student Knowledge: A Writing Pedagogy for the Globalized Classroom,” panel presented with Blaise Bennardo and Raquel Corona, University of Connecticut Writing Conference, New Haven, CT, Mar. 27, 2015.
  • “Global Citizenship in Teaching Writing.” Teaching of Writing Festival, Suffolk County Community College. Long Island, NY, Oct. 28, 2014.
  • “Promoting Ownership and Constructive Feedback: Teaching Writing in the Age of Sharing Process and Product,” with Chris Petty. SUNY Council on Writing Conference, Oswego, NY, Sept. 26, 2014.
  • “Teaching Writing, Intercultural Competence, and the Advent of MOOCs,” with Michael Murphy, Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Conference, Manhattan, NY, Mar. 19, 2014.
  • “Teaching Composition” (Roundtable with four colleagues from Writing Program and English Department, SBU), Stony Brook English Graduate Conference, Manhattan, NY, Mar. 1, 2014.
  • “Implications of the Politics of Language involving International Teaching Assistants for Composition Studies.” Thomas R. Watson Conference, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, Oct. 15, 2010.
  • “Politics of Technology in Education: The Dangers of Celebration and Resistance.” Kentucky Philological Association Conference, Richmond, KY, Mar. 9, 2010.
  • “Marilyn Nelson’s The Cachoeira Tales as Transcultural ‘World’ Literature.” The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, Louisville, KY, Feb. 19, 2010.
  • “Fear of the Un-American University: Popular Sentiments and Public Debates about Higher Education in Nineteenth Century America.” Rhetoric Society of America Conference, Minneapolis, MN, May 30, 2010.
  • “At the Table with the Enemy: Engaging the Public with the Rhetoric of Diplomacy.” Annual Grad. and Undergrad. Student Conference on Literature, Comp. and Rhetoric, U of Chatanooga, TN, Oct. 17, 2009.
  • “Neither Resistance nor Zeal: A Critical View of Technology in Research Writing.” Thomas R. Watson Conference, U of Louisville, Louisville, KY, Oct. 16, 2008.
  • “The Politics of Global English: Pedagogical Response to a Double Bind.” Kentucky Philological Association Conference, Louisville, KY, Mar. 9, 2008.

Some conferences attended (no presentation)                                                         

  • Three-day summer institute at Yale University (keynotes, workshops, peer review of ongoing research, reflection sessions): Graduate Communication Consortium, New Haven, CT. May 8-12, 2016.
  • Virtually Connecting, #AMICALNET, with Jim Groom, Maha Bali, and others, May 13, 2016.
  • Academic and Professional Writing Conference, University of Maryland, Oct. 10, 2014.
  • Webinar on Critical Transitions, led by Jessie Moore of Elon University, June 5, 2013.
  • International ELT Conferences, NELTA, Nepal, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2006.


  • “Engaging the Global in the Teaching of Writing.” Half-day, pre-conference workshop at Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCC). Created and led, with 11 scholars from five countries, Mar. 2015.
  • “Critically Engaging the Global in the Teaching of Writing: ‘Transrhetorical’ and Transnational Practices/or Global and Local Practices.” CCCC. Second iteration of the above workshop; developed and co-facilitated with Ligia Mihut, Sara Alvarez, and Santosh Khadka. Mar. 2016.
  • “Engaging the Global: Challenges and Practices of the Digital in Transnational Writing.” CCCC. Third iteration of the above workshop; developed with Lilian Mina and Lavinia Hirsu, Mar. 14, 2017
    (workshop facilitated by Mina and Hirsu due to delayed travel on my part).

POSTER PRESENTATIONS (ALL)                                                                          

  • “What’s on the Line about ‘Sharing Everything’?: Promoting Productive and Informed Use of Collaborative Applications in the Writing Classroom.” (a multimodal poster, co-presented with Christopher Petty). Conference on College Composition and Communication, Indianapolis, Indiana, March 2012.
  • “Promoting Productive and Informed Use of Collaborative Applications Online,” A multimodal poster co-presented at the Symposium on Distance Education, Stony Brook University, September 7, 2013.
  • “Technology For Effective Teaching: Adapting the TPACK Model to College Composition Courses,” A multimodal poster co-presented at the Digital Pedagogy Poster Session with Amy Lueck (University of Louisville), Conference on College Composition and Communication, St. Louis, Missouri, April, 2012.
  •  “Using Wiki for Enhancing Collaborative Learning in the Writing Classroom (a multimodal poster for the pre-conference workshop, “Digital Media and Learning in a Social World,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Louisville, Kentucky, Mar., 2010.

ON-CAMPUS TALKS, WORKSHOPS, DISCUSSIONS                                        


  • Paper: “Using Video for Enhancing Student Learning in Online Courses.” Colloquium on Teaching Online, Faculty Center (TLT), 2016.
  • “Teaching Collaborative Learning.” (with Christopher Petty). Organized by the Faculty Center. November 22, 2013.
  • Beyond the Lecture: Student Centered Activities and Assessment.” (with Christopher Petty). 6th Annual Teaching and Learning Colloquium, Faculty Center, March 10, 2014.

  • Writing Workshops (graduate): organized by Writing Center and Career Center: Strategic Reading in Graduate School (Sept. 2015); Communicating Specialized Ideas to General/Mixed Audiences (Oct. 2015); Effective Writing Strategies for Graduate Students (Nov. 2015).
  • Writing Workshops (undergraduate), iCafe events, International Student Orientation Office: Reading Effectively (Mar. 2015); Writing “A” Papers (Apr. 2015); Strategic Reading Skills (Mar. 2016).
  • Paper: “Screen Capture in 2015: Using Mobile Applications to Facilitate Student Learning,”
    with Soni Adhikari. Teaching and Learning Colloquium, Faculty Center (TLT), Mar. 2015.
  • Paper: “Student Centered Activities and Assessment,” with Chris Petty, 6th Annual Teaching and Learning Colloquium, Faculty Center (TLT), Mar. 10, 2014.


  • Teaching workshops, The Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning: “Enhancing Collaborative Learning with Wikis and Blogs” (Feb, 10, 2012); “SafeAssign Workshops” for preventing plagiarism by integrating pedagogy with technology (7 workshops, yearlong project 2009-10).
  • Graduate student professional development workshops, PLAN initiative, Graduate School:
    “Academic Transition Workshop for New International Graduate Students” (designed and led in 2009, 2010, 2011); “Technology for Professional Development,” with Harley Ferris, Feb. 2010, Jan. 2011); “Wiki and Blog Workshop,” with Ryan Trauman, Sept. 30, 2009).
  • Writing Workshops for students and instructors, University Writing Center (2006-08): “APA Citation”; “IEEE Citation”; “Editing for Effective Sentence”; “Thesis Statement, Topic Sentence, and Organization”; “Understanding Assignment Prompts”; “Using Rubric”; “Avoiding Plagiarism.”

Brown Bag Sessions in SBU Program in Writing and Rhetoric  

  • “Teaching (with) Global Issues.” Presented with Kevin Clouther, Rita Nezami, Soni Adhikari, Cynthia Davidson, Oct. 19, 2016. (blog published based on session).
  • “Teaching a ‘Superdivrese’ Student Body.” Presented with Bill Torgerson, Guest presenter from St. Johns University, New York. Oct. 7, 2015.
  • “Intersections in Basic/Introductory College Writing,” with Liz Kotseas, Apr. 16, 2014.
  • “Best Practices for the Use of Collaborative/Interactive Applications in the Writing Classroom,” with Chris Petty, Dec. 4, 2013.
  • “Enhancing Revision, Feedback, and Assessment Through the Use of Wiki.” Presented with Chris Petty, Apr. 17, 2013.
  • “Collaborative Learning in the Writing Classroom: Techniques and Technologies,” Nov 7, 2012.


  • Faculty Development workshops, The Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning
    • “Using Wiki as a Collaborative Learning Tool” (Dine and Discover workshop series), Sept. 17, 2010
    • “SafeAssign” Workshops for preventing plagiarism through the integration of pedagogy and technology (7 workshops, yearlong project 2009-10)
  • Professional development workshops for the PLAN initiative, School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies (in collaboration with other graduate students from different disciplines)
    • “Academic Transition Workshop for New International Graduate Students,” PLAN initiative, Graduate School, University of Louisville, Sept. 2009, Sept. 2010, Sept. 2011.
    • “Technology for Effective Teaching, a workshop for GTAs,” Co-presented with Amy Lueck and Shannon Howard (University of Louisville), PLAN initiative, Graduate School, U of Louisville, Feb. 2010, Jan. 2011.
    • “Technology for Professional Development,” Co-presented with Harley Ferris (University of Louisville), PLAN initiative, Graduate School, University of Louisville, Feb. 2010, Jan. 2011.
    • “Branding Yourself: Workshop for Graduate Students,” Co-Presented with Amy Lueck and Shannon Howard (University of Louisville), PLAN initiative, Graduate School, U of Louisville, Apr. 2012, July 2012.
    • “Understanding and Preventing/Avoiding Plagiarism,” PLAN initiative, Graduate School, University of Louisville, Jan. 2011.
  • Pedagogy Workshop series, Composition Program, English Department — “Wiki and Blog Workshop,” co-presented with Ryan Trauman, Sept. 30, 2009
  • Writing Workshops for faculty and students, University Writing Center (2010)
    • APA Citation Style; Using APA Style and Avoiding Plagiarism (School of Music)
    • IEEE Citation Style and Avoiding Plagiarism (College of Engineering)
    • Thesis Statement, Topic Sentence, and Organization
    • Understanding Assignment Prompt; Critical Thinking for Organizing Academic Papers
  • Other workshops/presentations– “Global/Local Tensions in the ‘Third Gender’ Movement of Nepal” (a talk based on a paper winning Maddox Prize for UofL Women and Gender Studies department’s best research paper, 2010), March 27, 2010.

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