Dr. Daisy Levy


Daisy Levy, Ph.D., is Associate Professor and Composition Coordinator in the Hunter Division of Humanities at Southern Vermont College (SVC). Her professional life is characterized by a commitment to bridging multiple communities in ways that sustain and enrich all their members. At SVC, she teaches lower and upper level undergraduate courses in composition, literature, creative writing, rhetoric, communication, and writing theory. In 2014, Professor Levy initiated a curricular partnership with the Threshold Collaborative, a local non-profit organization dedicated to the practice of storytelling as integral to community organizing and activism. As the Composition Coordinator, Professor Levy directs the first-year writing program (FYW), a two-semester sequence of courses that all SVC students must complete as part of their general core requirement for graduation. In addition to teaching in this program, Levy supervises the program’s other instructors (ranging from 4-6 per semester), including providing mentorship and pedagogical development, oversight for curriculum, and facilitating teacher-observations and brown-bag events. Dr. Levy also participates in regular programmatic assessment protocols (division-wide, as well as for the FYW program), articulation of transfer credit review, academic advising, and serves as faculty of record for student internships.
Professor Levy is active in her service to the college, outside of her faculty and administrative role. She has served as chair of the college’s curriculum committee, as well as an active member of committees for faculty welfare, mission and vision development for the college, and is the incoming president for the faculty senate. Dr. Levy is also the faculty advisor to SVC’s LGBTQ+ student organization, Stand Up! SVC Gay-Straight Alliance. She has partnered with multiple groups on campus to host visitors to the college, such as Dorrance Dance and Carlos Andrés Goméz. She believes the work she does in all these areas is vital to her commitment to the institution itself, but also to a larger effort in helping to shape the communities to which she belongs. This extends to Dr. Levy’s work in her academic discipline. She has recently fulfilled a three-year term as board member on the College Composition and Communication (CCC) Executive Committee (2012-2015), and also chaired a subcommittee of this body, the Committee on the Status of Graduate Students (2012-2015). She is an active member of the CCC Task Force on Hiring Practices. Professor Levy is one of the founding members of the MSU Cultural Rhetorics Theory Lab, an organization already noted for expanding the boundaries of Cultural Rhetorics as a coherent academic discipline. This organization recently hosted its inaugural national conference (CRCON), of which Dr. Levy was an active member of the Executive Planning Committee (October 2014). Professor Levy was one of four guest editors for a special issue of the academic journal, Enculturation: A journal of rhetoric, writing, and culture. In Fall 2015, Dr. Levy joined the editorial board for a new online academic publication: Constellations: a cultural rhetorics publication space.
Professor Levy’s research builds from her doctorate (Michigan State University, 2012) in Rhetoric and Writing, specifically cultural rhetorics scholarship on intersections between embodiment theory, classical Greco-Roman rhetorical theory, post-modern American dance, and kinesiology. She has received two research fellowships from the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Archives (2013, 2014), and earned a nomination for a seat on the New Work Showcase (2014), sponsored by the Coalition for Women Scholars in History of Rhetoric and Composition (CWSHRC). Dr. Levy presents regularly at national conferences, most recently at CRCON, the National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference, the Conference on College Composition and Communication, and the Rhetoric Society of America Biennial Convention. Her work is also deeply informed by her experience as a poet and essayist (M.A. Creative Writing, Miami University, 2005). Professor Levy’s academic and creative work has been published in Enculturation, Harlot: A Revealing Look at the Arts of Persuasion, Limestone: A Journal of Art and Literature, Peitho: the Journal for the CWSHRC, Plantarchy, Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction, and smallspiralno