Michael Pak

Contact:
pakm@hawaii.edu

Michael Pak is a PhD candidate in English department at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. His dissertation, titled “Embracing the Absurdity of Failure: Reimagining Failure in Composition Studies,” urges educators to embrace a nuanced understanding of failure in their own pedagogical approaches. Pak's research interests includes popular culture, ethnic American literatures, and composition pedagogy. His work has been published in the anthology Building a Community, Having a Home: A History of the Conference on College Composition and Communication Asian/Asian American Caucus, as well as academic journals Amerasia and Composition Forum. He was privileged to serve as the Assistant Director of the Writing Center at UH Mānoa from 2014-16.

Publications


Articles in Journals “‘Just Do It and People Will Knowʼ: An Interview with Coach Vincent Goo.” Co-authored with Gary Pak. Amerasia, vol. 41, no. 2, 2015, pp. 132-148. Book Chapters “Circulation Essay: Racial Identities, Visual Representations, and Performative Capacities: Rhetorical Production(s) of/by Asian/Americans in Hawai‘i.” Co-authored with Scott Ka‘alele, Eddie Lee, and K. Hyoejin Yoon. Building a Community, Having a Home: A History of the Conference on College Composition and Communication Asian/Asian American Caucus, edited by Jennifer Sano-Franchini, Terese Guinsatao Monberg, and K. Hyoejin Yoon, New City Community Press, 2016, pp. 184-199. “Self-Reflective Writing in the FYC Classroom.” Beyond the Frontier: Innovations in First-Year Composition, edited by Jill Dahlman, and Piper Selden, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015, pp. 71-78. Reviews Review of Multilingual Writers and Writing Centers by Ben Rafoth. Composition Forum, vol.32, Fall 2015.

Areas of Interest


20th Century African-American Literature Asian American Literature and Criticism Composition: Pedagogy, Place, and Performance Cultural Studies and Representations of American Popular Music Sports and Popular Culture Writing Center Studies

Awards


College of LLL Doctoral Dissertation Research Award, 2017 PhD Graduate Assistantship, English Department, 2013-17 Yun T. and Chen Chuan Tu Student Travel Endowment in English, 2014-15, 2016-17 Graduate Student Organization (GSO) Grant, 2014-15, 2016-17 Red Mandarin and Lady Yi-Suen Shen Scholarship, 2013-14 MA Graduate Assistantship, English Department, 2011-12

Education


PhD, English, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, ABD, Expected Spring 2019. MA, English, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, 2013. BA with Distinction, Comparative Literature, University of Washington, 2006.

Courses


Spring Semester 2019
  • ENG-306: Argumentative Writing I

Fall Semester 2019
  • ENG-100: Composition I
  • ENG-100: Composition I
  • ENG-100: Composition I

Summer Semester 2019
  • ENG-200: Composition II
  • ENG-272: Intro to Lit: Culture & Lit

Fall Semester 2018
  • ENG-200: Composition II
  • ENG-200: Composition II

Summer Semester 2018
  • ENG-100: Composition I
  • ENG-200: Composition II

Spring Semester 2018
  • ENG-200: Composition II
  • ENG-200: Composition II

Fall Semester 2017
  • ENG-100: Composition I
  • ENG-200: Composition II