Yvonne Teems-Stephens

Full-Time Faculty
College of Arts and Sciences: English


As lecturer in English as a Second Language (ESL) and Composition, Yvonne teaches a number of ENG 100L sections, which are designed for a combination of native and non-native speakers of English.

Yvonne is currently working on her dissertation, which explores the ways seniors talk about aging and bodily decline, as well as how they use literacy to manage the aging body. She is a doctoral candidate in Kent State University’s Literacy, Rhetoric, and Social Practice program.


  • M.A., English, University of Dayton, 2009
  • B.S., Journalism, Ohio University, 2004

Research Interests

  • Rhetoric and disability studies
  • Cultural rhetorics
  • Literacy studies
  • Digital literacy studies

Selected Publications

Stephens, Y. (2012). "Transcending the border between classroom and newsroom: An inquiry into the efficacy of newspaper editing practices." In C. Bazerman, C. Dean, J. Early, K. Lunsford, S. Null, P. Rogers, and A. Stansell (Eds.), International Advances in Writing Research: Cultures, Places, Measures. Anderson, SC: Parlor Press. Link to open access version: http://wac.colostate.edu/books/wrab2011/

Stephens, Y. (2011). "'I just absolutely loved what I did’: The rhetorical construction of a disabled identity." Disability Studies Quarterly, 31(3). Link to article: http://dsq-sds.org/article/view/1679