Dr. Alicia K. Hatcher


Dr. Alicia K. Hatcher


B.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
M.A., North Carolina Central University
Ph.D., East Carolina University





Dr. Alicia K. Hatcher earned her B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, her M.A. in English from North Carolina Central University, and her Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Writing, and Professional Communication from East Carolina University. Her research focuses on embodied, spatial, and cultural rhetorics, specifically the ways bodies and spaces are used as rhetorical and symbolic tools in the fight against systemic oppression. Her current scholarship centers on the concept of performative symbolic resistance (PSR), which she defines as the use of specific verval and nonverbal motions, acts, or series of actions as a languaging strategy to symbolize protest of a socially constructed system of oppression, and which she describes as a methodological analytical tool that scholars of rhetoric can use in their continued efforts to illustrate how performance, performativity, and symbolism are and can be used to engage in acts of resistance. In 2021, Dr. Hatcher served as an interviewer for NCTE's Cultivating New Scholars program. She is currently a mentor for The Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition's online mentoring program (2021-2022) and co-editor of the Journal of Multimodal Rhetorics'  Comics/Visual Rhetorics, Decoloniality, and Liberatory Futures special issue slated for publication Spring 2022. Her article "Introducing Performative Symbolic Resistance" is forthcoming in Constellations: A Cultural Rhetorics Publishing Space.

Dr. Hatcher teaches the following courses:

  • WRTG 105 College Writing Iplus or minus

    3 cr.  (Placement into 105 required)

    The first of a two-course sequence that fulfills the EP Level I: Foundational First-Year Writing, this course combines the study of the elements of style and grammar with instruction in structuring and supporting argumentative essays. Students develop techniques for making effective contributions to intellectual discussions, academically and in other cultural settings.

  • WRTG 211 Writing for the Workplace plus or minus

    3 cr. (EPW)

    A course in scientific or technical writing designed to help studens improve their writing skills in preparation for their professions. Specialized training is offered in writing of proposals, reports, instructions, letters, abstracts, resumes, etc.