Jennifer Shade Wilson is the Director of the Center for Written, Oral, and Visual Communication (CWOVC), as well as a senior lecturer in the Program for Writing and Communication. Jennifer holds a PhD in second language literacy from the University of Toronto, an MA in applied linguistics from the University of Houston, and a BA in English literature (magna cum laude) from Rice. Her research interests include writing pedagogy, second language writing, college composition, and adolescent literacy. Jennifer has published six book chapters on various aspects of ESL composition, second language acquisition, socioliterate support, and adolescent literacy, as well as articles in Composition Forum and Language Teaching. Currently, she is working on articles on the influence of social networks on the literacy development of immigrant adolescents and third space as a theoretical construct in sociocultural theory.
Prior to leading the CWOVC, Jennifer taught in the English Language and Writing Support (ELWS) program for graduate students at the University of Toronto, specializing in working with students in the faculties of science and engineering. She also served as the assistant director of the Writing Center at the University of Houston, where she oversaw the program managers of the ESL and developmental writing programs, managed the peer tutors, developed a variety of writing in the disciplines projects, and taught freshman composition. Jennifer also has taught high school English in Sugarland, TX, and enrichment science courses at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
Jennifer is a university associate—as well as a former resident associate (RA)—at Brown College and is the secretary of the Beta of Texas (Rice) chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. As an undergraduate at Rice, she served Will Rice College and the greater Rice community in a variety of elected roles; as an alumna she has been the 1993 class chair for the annual giving campaign on several occasions. Jennifer also spent seven years at Rice as an admissions officer. Beyond the hedges, Jennifer serves on the board of trustees of the Houston-area Phi Beta Kappa alumni association, currently as vice president of scholarships. Jennifer also is a member of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), an international organization with over 15,000 members; she previously served on two different standing committees for TESOL. In addition, Jennifer is a member of the professional organizations National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), College Composition and Communication (CCC), and International Writing Centers Association (IWCA) and has reviewed submissions for the Journal of Classroom Research in Literacy and Language and Literacy.