College of Arts & Sciences

Anna Plemons

Clinical Assistant Professor, Digital Technology and Culture
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Anna PlemonsFloyd 269FAssociate Vice Chancellor Academic and Student Affairs; Assistant Professor (Career Track), DTC


  • B.A. in Speech and Hearing Science, Washington State University, 2000
  • M.S, Secondary Education, Kansas State University, 2001
  • PhD., English, emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition, 2014

Joined WSU Tri-Cities in 2019



  • English
  • Composition
  • Digital Technology and Culture
  • California Arts in Corrections Program
  • Lake Tahoe Community College Incarcerated Student Program


Dr. Anna Plemons academic research focuses broadly on issues of educational justice. In higher education, that focus is applied to issues of access for underrepresented students. In the U.S. prison, her research and teaching practice focuses on decolonial pedagogies and relational methodologies



  • WSU Woman of the Year, 2019 Provost Leadership Academy, 2019-2020

Associations and Service Projects

  • Modern Languages Association National Council of Teachers of English
  • Syllabus Task Force, WSU Faculty Senate, 2019-present Institutional Review Board, 2017-2019


  • Beyond Progress in the Prison Classroom: Options and Opportunities. NCTE. 2019.
  • “Beyond Progress: In Search of An Indigenous Methodology for the
    Prison Classroom.” Chapter in Guidebook on Critical Approaches to Higher Education in Prison. Ed. Rebecca Ginsburg. Routledge. 2019.
  • “Something Other Than Progress: Resisting the Capitalistic Logics of Higher Education in Prison.” Chapter for Prison Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning with Imprisoned Writers. Eds. Lockard and Rankins-Robertson. Syracuse University Press. 2018.
  • “Crossing the Divide: How Department Chairs Can Better
    Support Underrepresented Students Through Institutional Collaboration.” Co-authored with Mark Triana, Toria Messinger, and Kim Dela Cruz. The Department Chair. Wiley. 2019.
  • “Retention, Critical Pedagogy, and Students as Agents: Eschewing the Deficit Model.” Co-authored with Beth Buyserie
    and Patty Ericsson. Book chapter for Overcoming Writers’ Block: Retention, Persistence, and Writing Programs, Eds. Todd Ruecker, Dawn Shepherd, Heidi Estrem, and Beth-Brunk Chavez. April, 2017.
  • “Literacy as an Act of Creative Resistance: Joining the Work of Incarcerated Teaching Artists at a Maximum-Security Prison.” Community Literacy Journal 7.2 (2013). 39-52.
  • “Saying Good-bye, Keeping My Keys.” Teaching Artist Journal 11.2 (2013). 97-104.