Collie Fulford

Humanities Unbounded Visiting Faculty Fellow

Collie Fulford holds a PhD in English with concentration in composition and rhetoric from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She entered academia after a technical career in the microscope optics industry. She is associate professor of English at North Carolina Central University, on leave 2019-20 as a Humanities Unbounded Visiting Faculty Fellow at Duke.

Collie’s research interests include writing across the curriculum, disciplines, and professions; writing program development; adult learners and lifespan writing; the scholarship of teaching and learning; digital humanities, and the rhetorics of higher education. Her current work focuses on adult students and their writing in and out of academia. Her cross-disciplinary student-faculty research teams have investigated the reasons nontraditional students express for leaving and reentering college. Her Humanities Unbounded fellowship project builds on that substrate to map the academic, professional, and personal writing of adult students at a historically black university. Her team is identifying the knowledge and practices that nontraditional students draw upon and the challenges they encounter in their writing across different literate domains.