Denise P. Paster - Coastal Carolina University
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Denise Paster

Associate Professor and Coordinator of First-Year Writing

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Edwards 214

Fall 2022 Office Hours
Mondays/Wednesdays 12:00 - 1:00pm
Fridays 11:00am - 12:00pm
*Please email for an appointment. 


Denise Paster, an Associate Professor of English in Composition and Rhetoric, holds a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (2010), an M.A. from the University of Massachusetts Boston (2001), and a B.A. from Bridgewater State College (1999).

Dr. Paster's scholarly interests include writing program administration, reflective and inquiry-based pedagogies, teaching writing with emerging technologies, and qualitative research methods.

Her current research examines digital literacy practices and their pedagogical potential in the writing classroom. She is currently completing a composition textbook titled Writing Moves with two co-authors, Ellie Kutz and Christian Pulver. She is also interested in the potentials of digital badging, and publishes regularly with Alan Reid on the Coastal Composition Commons, a digital badging initiative central to first-year composition classes at Coastal Carolina University.

Her publications include “Digital Badges in Undergraduate Composition
Courses: Effects on Intrinsic Motivation,” “A Case Study of Digital Badges in Composition Courses,” "Beyond Grammar: Building Language Awareness in the Writing Classroom," and the Instructor's Manual to accompany Exploring Literacy.


Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (2010) 
M.A. from the University of Massachusetts Boston (2001)
B.A. from Bridgewater State College (1999)

Interesting Facts

Dr. Paster co-created the Coastal Composition Commons with Dr. Alan Reid.

Teaching Areas

Composition and Rhetoric

Research Areas

Writing Program Administration
Digital Literacies
Composition Pedagogies