Russell Mayo is a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the Department of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research involves Composition, Rhetoric, and English Education, with a focus on the sociocultural foundations of literacy.
Russ currently works with pre-service secondary teachers in UIC’s English Education program. He has served as an Assistant Director of the UIC Writing Center, teaching undergraduate peer tutors and conducting research with them in the staff education course. Russ is also a writing tutor with UIC’s CHANCE Program.
His dissertation project involves an ethnographic study of a university writing center, using “everyday anarchism” as a theoretical approach with which to see peer tutoring as a practice of mutual aid and voluntary cooperation.
Before starting his doctorate work, Russ taught middle grades English and Social Studies for ten years in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.