Franziska Tsufim

Dr. Franziska Tsufim
Assistant Teaching Professor

I joined Wake Forest’s Writing Program in 2024 after serving as a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow in the Writing and Communication Program at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Although I received my PhD in English (UC Irvine), teaching writing at a STEM institution has shaped my approach to college composition. While I teach toward mastery of  traditional academic genres, projects in my classes routinely utilize digital technologies and range from student-designed and recorded podcasts, to Twine video game narratives, to blogs. In my experience, students develop rhetorical flexibility and agency when writing courses invite them to compose multimodally across a wide array of genres and mediums, many of which have traditionally been excluded from college writing instruction.

In short, in my teaching, I like to promote students’ independent “sense making,” as I seek to define  concepts collaboratively with, rather than at them. This approach is also manifest in my research agenda that revolves around first-year-writing and teaching as research. My newest project examines generative AI use policies in college writing in the context of histories of student-developed and -enforced academic honor codes.  My work on similar topics has appeared with Utah State University, The Journal for Research and Practice in College Teaching and The Journal of Multimodal Rhetorics.