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Dr. Linda Di Desidero

Dr. Linda Di Desidero joined the faculty of Marine Corps University in 2012 as the Director of the Leadership Communication Skills Center.  Throughout her career, she has chaired two academic departments and administered a writing center, and she has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in professional communication, composition, linguistics, literature, and education. Dr. Di Desidero holds a PhD in Linguistics (Northwestern University), an EdM in English Education (Rutgers University), and BA degrees in English and in German language and literature (Rutgers University). 

In addition to her projects on third space writing theory that inform the development of LCSC Studio Courses, Dr. Di Desidero’s most recent research uses methods associated with the ethnography of communication to investigate language and identity within specific educational and leadership contexts.  Her current projects examine the ways in which leadership and gender identities are constructed and displayed both in online relational discourse and in the public discourse of executive leaders. Select projects are listed below.

Publications include “Facework and the Negotiation of Multiple Identities in Online Class Discussion” (forthcoming chapter in Writing in Online Courses, Hampton Press); and “A Rose by any Other Name: The Use of Honorifics in University Adult Education” (in The Distance Education Oracle, 2012).
Her publication currently under review is “Creating Effective Discussion Boards in the Online Writing Class,” a chapter in Teresa Henning, Ed. Principles, Practices, Programs and Online Writing Instruction: A Showcase of Techniques.

Publications in Preparation include “A Marine Writes Identity: Student Leadership in the Online Classroom” and “Evolving Paradigms for Thirdspace Writing: WC Studio Course.”

Recent Presentations include her papers “Social Action and Epistemic Stance in Peer to Peer Online Discourse” and “Constructing Leadership through Discourse in the Online Writing Class: A Gendered View.” 

Director, Leadership Communication Skills Center