Dr. Alexandria Lockett is an Assistant Professor of English at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. She deeply enjoys serving the oldest historically Black college for women, and is committed to teaching and learning about the relationship between composition, new media, sustainability, and collective intelligence. At Spelman, Alexandria actively contributes to the Comprehensive Writing Program in major curricular initiatives like First-Year Composition and Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines (WAC/WID).
Throughout her undergraduate studies at Truman State University (B.A.), and her graduate studies at the University of Oklahoma (M.A.) and the Pennsylvania State University (Ph.D.), she cultivated significant applied expertise in technical/professional writing, teaching with technology, and writing program administration in a range of learning sites such as writing centers, career services, and hybrid classrooms. As an alumni of both the Ronald E. McNair post-baccalaureate and the Bill Gates Millennium scholars programs, Dr. Lockett’s experience with writing and communication includes a special emphasis on access and inclusion. In particular, she worked with demographically diverse groups of college writers across disciplines and academic programs—at both the undergraduate and graduate levels—in the capacities of tutor, consultant, mentor, editor, career assistant, administrator, and instructor.
Awards and Distinctions
In fall 2018, Dr. Lockett was selected to be an Ofstad Scholar-in-Residence at Truman State University where she taught a one week course entitled, English 418: Overflow—Writing in Leak Culture, and delivered a public lecture on the subject. She is also serving as a featured scholar for the Naylor Symposium on Undergraduate Research in Writing Studies. This work involves collaborating with other Rhetoric and Composition scholars to contribute to The Naylor Report (contracted by Parlor Press), which assesses the state of UR in the field and charts its future.
From 2017-2018, Dr. Lockett was awarded a UNCF/Mellon Faculty Residence Fellowship. She joined Emory University’s James Weldon Johnson Institute for Advanced Interdisciplinary Study of Race and Difference where she accomplished significant progress on two book projects: Race, Rhetoric, and Research Ethics (a co-authored text under contract with WAC Clearinghouse’s Perspectives on Writing Series) and Overflow: Rhetorical Perspectives on Leaks, which is under consideration by a couple of university presses, as well as a prestigious open access publisher.
In 2015, she was awarded an ACS Grant to organize and lead a faculty development symposium on Integrating Wikipedia into Writing-Intensive Courses at ACS Colleges. She continued her work with Wikipedia in spring 2017 by organizing Spelman’s first-ever Art+Feminism–Black Women’s Herstory Wikipedia Edit-a-thon. The event was generously funded by Morehouse Academic Affairs, the Spelman Honors Program, and the Spelman English Department. Art+Feminism and the Wikimedia Foundation provided funding and/or donated merchandise, as well. In spring 2019, she plans to host this event again at Spelman in collaboration with local GLAMs and other institutions in the Atlanta University Center (AUC).
Alexandria strongly believes in Open Access (OA) and Open Educational Resources (OER) because she is passionate about radical openness as an ethical principle and educational value. She shares her teaching materials via SlideShare, this website, and her social media. She also participates in Free/Libre Open Source Software advocacy because she strongly believes in the sustainability of the Internet and its freedoms.
Contact Information: AlexandriaLockett@gmail.com