Shannon Lawson

  LSHR 024

My journey through life has been an unconventional one.  I spent six years working and studying in South Africa, completing a Bachelors degree in English at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.  Eventually, I arrived in Huntington, WV where I achieved the 3 Ms - marriage, masters, and motherhood all in quick succession.  After obtaining a Masters in teaching English from Marshall University, I acquired a job teaching freshman composition and non-western civilization and literature at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio. My research interests include intercultural communication, feminist rhetoric, gender equity, literacy, and transnational literature.  Initially, I was attracted to Ohio University because of its international flavor, and am looking forward to studying Rhetoric and Public Culture, learning with my cohort group, and from the faculty in Communication Studies.  Whenever I start to worry about the next part of my journey, I find comfort in the words of Ezeulu from Chinua Achebe's Arrow of God: "The world is like a mask dancing. If you want to see it well you do not stand in one place."