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Meet the Leadership


Chelsea J. Murdock holds a PhD in Composition and Rhetoric from the University of Kansas and a BA in English (with an emphasis in Professional Writing) from Kennesaw State University. Her research interests include Indigenous rhetorics, place-based meaning-making and places of public memory, and transformative works. Her work has been published in College English and Community Literacy Journal. She is former Assistant Director of the Georgia Institute of Technology Communication Center. She has presented at many regional and international conferences, including the International Writing Center Association Annual Conference, the Conference on College Composition and Communication, and the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention. She’s a fan of BTS, gluten-free baked goods, and karaoke. You can contact her via email at

Assistant Director

Eric Reid Hamilton is a fourth-year PhD student in the Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design program at Clemson University. His research interests include classical and digital rhetoric, composition pedagogy, and philosophy/theology. His dissertation calls for the inclusion of the ancient fourteen-step system of the Progymnasmata in contemporary writing classrooms (using both analog and digital technologies)—a framework that is applied and analyzed through the lens of Aristotelian virtue ethics as a means of fostering ‘rhetorical flourishing’ (or ‘a composition eudaimonia’). He has presented at numerous national and regional conferences, and his most recent publications can be found in Xchanges and Textshop Experiments. He enjoys hiking, swimming, playing the guitar, and being pleasantly interrupted while reading by his two audacious yet adorable cats.

Chair of the English Department

Susanna Ashton is a professor and chair of the English Department at Clemson University. A scholar of fugitive authorship and slavery studies, she is working on a biography of a fugitive author from SC, John Andrew Jackson titled “A Plausible Man: the life of John Andrew Jackson” – research for which has been profiled by more than 200 outlets, including CNN, The New York Times and MSNBC. Recent publications include: The South Carolina Roots of African American Thought. A Reader, co-edited with Dr. Rhondda Thomas, and “I Belong to South Carolina” South Carolina Slave Narratives. She has held awards from Yale University, Emory University, Harvard University, the University of South Carolina and a Fulbright Award to Ireland.