Kendra Slayton

Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellowand Assistant Director of the Naugle Communication Center

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  • School of Literature, Media, and Communication
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Kendra Slayton is a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she teaches multimodal composition. She received her PhD from the University of Tennessee in 2019 with a specialization in medieval literature. Her courses encourage students to think critically about history and the modern rhetorical use of the past, asking students to engage with primary sources and research the historical and sociopolitical contexts of such sources. Kendra's research focuses on gender, free will, and social determinism in late Middle English literature, particularly Chaucer. Her scholarship on both medieval literature and medievalism has appeared in journals such as The Chaucer Review and Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction. Her current research projects include pedagogical approaches to using Beowulf and other medieval literature in the composition classroom.  Kendra is also a professional consultant and Co-Assistant Director of the Naugle Communication Center, and co-winner of the 2021 Southeastern Writing Center Association's Professional Tutor Award, together with her colleague, Dr. Jeff Howard. Stemming from her own interest in language learning and her experiences living abroad in Japan while teaching English as a Foreign Language with the JET Programme, in her Communication Center work, Kendra is particularly interested in how university writing and communication centers can serve English Language Learners. She also leads the Center's English Conversation Hour and Conversation Partner programs. Kendra is a member and current chair of the World Englishes Committee in the Writing and Communication Program.

  • PhD in English, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2019)
  • MA in English, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2013)
  • BA in English and Japanese, Michigan State University (2008)


Research Fields:
  • Communication
  • Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Gender
  • Campus-Community Engagement
  • Communication
  • Cross-Cultural Engagement
  • Cross-Cultural Understanding
  • Education
  • Feminism
  • Historiography
  • History and Memory
  • History more generally
  • Intercultural Issues
  • Literary Theory
  • Literature
  • Philosophy


  • ENGL-1102: English Composition II

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