Adrienne Jankens

Adrienne Jankens

Assistant Professor


10505, 5057 Woodward


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Adrienne Jankens

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

Writing program administration, teacher development, first-year writing, reflective writing


  • B.A. English, Valparaiso University
  • M.A. English Composition and Communication, Central Michigan University
  • Ph.D. English, Rhetoric and Composition, Wayne State University
  • Professional Education Certificate, State of Michigan, expires June 2026

Awards and grants

  • Excellence in Teaching Writing Award, Wayne State University Rhetoric and Composition Program, 2015

  • President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2020

  • General Education Teaching Award, 2021

  • University Research Grant, 2021

  • Arts and Humanities Research Support Grant, 2021

  • Josephine Nevins Keal Faculty Fellowship, 2022-2023

  •  CLAS Social Justice Initiative Grant, 2023-2024

Selected publications

  • Jankens, Adrienne. “’Am I Up For This?’: A Nontraditional Student’s Critical Encounters in FYC.” The Journal of Teaching Writing, vol. 37, no. 1, 2023, pp. 95-126
  • Jankens, Adrienne, Clay Walker, Linda Jimenez, Mariel Krupansky, Anna E. Lindner, Anita Mixon, and Nicole Guinot Varty. “A Dual Mission: Antiracist Writing Instruction and Instructor Attitudes about Student Language.” Across the Disciplines, vol. 40, no. 1/2, 2023
  • Jankens, Adrienne, and Joe Torok. “Structuration and Genre: Revising Teaching Observations to Reflect Program Values.” Composition Studies, vol. 51, no. 1, 2023, pp. 65-90
  • Varty, Nicole Guinot, Adrienne Jankens, Linda Jimenez, Mariel Krupansky, and Anna Lindner. “Building Sustainable Antiracist Coalition: Developing a Research Team for Studying Diverse Language and Literacy Practices at the University.” Language Arts Journal of Michigan, vol. 38, no. 1 Fall 2022/Winter 2023, pp. 39-46
  • Jankens, Adrienne. “A Sweet Spot, A Safe Space.” 4C Documentarian Tales: Recollections from an Uncommon Time. Studies in Writing and Rhetoric. NCTE Press. 2022, pp. 35-45
  • Jankens, Adrienne, Nicole Guinot Varty, Haley Shier, and Michelle Borkosh. "The (Missing) Human Part: Listening for Students' Perceptions of the Value of Peer Mentors." Learning Communities Research and Practice, vol. 9. November 2021
  • Jankens, Adrienne and Amy Ann Latawiec. "Revising Reflection for Results in Teacher Research." Composition Forum, vol. 46. Spring 2021
  • Jankens, Adrienne. “Readings for Rhetorical Responsibility: Using Contemporary Online Texts to Deepen a Concept.” Language Arts Journal of Michigan, vol. 36., no. 1, Fall 2020
  • Jankens, Adrienne. "Learning How to Ask Writing Questions with Rhetorical Reflections." Composition Forum, vol. 41. Spring 2019
  • Trimble, Thomas and Adrienne Jankens. “Features of Reflective Writing: Using Taxonomies of Metacognitive Behaviors to Analyze Student Reflection and Improve Teaching Practice.” Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture, vol. 19, no. 3, October 2019
  • Wallis, Jule and Adrienne Jankens. “Collaborative Development: Reflective Mentoring for GTAs.” Writing Program and Writing Center Collaborations: Transcending Boundaries. Eds. Alice Myatt and Lynee Gaillet. Palgrave MacMillan, 2016

Courses taught by Adrienne Jankens

Fall Term 2024 (future)

Winter Term 2024

Fall Term 2023

Winter Term 2023

Winter Term 2022