Owens, Kim Hensley

Kim Hensley Owens

Associate Professor, Writing & Rhetoric

Associate Professor/ Faculty & Staff/ Writing & Rhetoric

Kim Hensley Owens’ current research project brings together multiple perspectives on teaching and knowledge surrounding the dissolution of the Mexican American Studies program in Tucson, Arizona. This research interest was sparked by a combination of her background teaching English in Tucson as well as her work training K-12 teachers at URI to teach writing. Hensley Owens’ completed research has also joined multiple perspectives, such as her research on women’s everyday childbirth writing. Her book, forthcoming from Southern Illinois University Press, combines women’s perspectives and ways of knowing with medical perspectives and ways of knowing, aligning rhetorics of health, medicine, and bodies.

Professor Hensley Owens teaches a wide range of courses in Writing and Rhetoric ranging from first-year composition (WRT 104) to general education courses like Travel Writing (WRT 305) and Writing Health and Disability (WRT 306) to graduate seminars such as Rhetorical History and Theory (WRT 512) and Rhetorics of/and Reproduction (WRT 645). She also trains college writing teachers in Methods of Teaching College Writing (WRT 999) and prospective K-12 teachers in Teaching Composition (WRT 435/EDC 435).

Kim earned her PhD and an MA in English (both with concentration in Writing Studies) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and a BA in English and Spanish Education at the University of Arizona.

Forthcoming Publications
Monograph: Hensley Owens, Kim. Writing Childbirth: Women’s Rhetorical Agency in Labor and Online. Studies in Rhetorics and Feminisms series. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, Forthcoming August 2015.

Chapter: Miles, Libby, Kim Hensley Owens, and Michael Pennell.  “Growing Pains: University of Rhode Island’s Major in Writing & Rhetoric.” The Writing Major: 18 Profiles. Eds. Greg Giberson, et al. Utah State University Press. Forthcoming Spring 2015.

Review: Hensley Owens, Kim. Review of The Rhetoric of Pregnancy, by Marika Seigel. Rhetoric Review. (Solicited by editor.)

Recent Publications
Hensley Owens, Kim and Derek Van Ittersum. “Writing With(out) Pain: Computing Injuries and the Role of the Body in Writing Activity.” Computers and Composition 30.4 (2013): 87-100.

Hensley Owens, Kim. “On Being Lucky.” Joy, Interrupted: An Anthology on Motherhood and Loss. Ed. Melissa Miles McCarter. Ironton, MO: Fat Daddy’s Farm Press, 2013. 77-79.

Hensley Owens, Kim. “Reviews and Reactions: A Rhetorical-Cultural Analysis of The Business of Being Born.” Rhetoric Review 30.3 (2011): 293-311.

Cucciare, Christine Peters, Deborah Morris, Lee Nickoson, Kim Hensley Owens, and Mary Sheridan. “Mothers’ Ways of Making it—or Making do?: Making (over) Academic Lives in Rhetoric and Composition with Children.” Composition Studies 39.1 (2011): 41-61.

Hensley Owens, Kim. “Rhetorics of E-Health and Information Age Medicine: A Risk-Benefit Analysis.” JAC 31.1-2 (2011): 225-235.

Owens, Kim Hensley. Review of Our Bodies Ourselves and the Work of Writing, by Susan Wells. Rhetoric Society Quarterly 41.2 (2011): 194-197. (Solicited by book review editor.)

Owens, Kim Hensley. “‘Look Ma, No Hands!': Voice-Recognition Software, Writing, and Ancient Rhetoric.” Enculturation 7 (2010). Web.

Owens, Kim Hensley. “Revelations and Representations: Birth Stories and Motherhood on the Internet.” Textual Mothers/Maternal Texts: Mothering in Contemporary Women’s Literatures. Eds. Elizabeth Podnieks and Andrea O’Reilly. West Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2010. 349-364.

Owens, Kim Hensley. “Pumping on the Market.” Inside Higher Ed. Web. 23 August 2010. (Advice column.)

Owens, Kim Hensley. “Confronting Rhetorical Disability: A Critical Analysis of Women’s Birth Plans.” Written Communication 26.3 (2009): 247-272.

Owens, Kim Hensley “Teaching the Six–and Beyond.” Pedagogy 9.3 (2009): 389-397.