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Education

2020 PhD Candidate (Rhetoric and Composition), Purdue University, Lafayette, IN, USA

  • Secondary Areas: Professional & Technical Writing, Non-Western Rhetorics
  • Dissertation: Comparative Study of Networked Communities, Crisis Communication, and Technology: Rhetoric of Disaster in Nepal Earthquake and Hurricane Maria
  • Committee: Dr. Richard Johnson-Sheehan (Chair), Dr. Thomas Rickert, Dr. Jennifer Bay, Dr. Seungyoon Lee (Department of Communications, Purdue University)
  • Synopsis: My dissertation project studies cross-cultural communications mediated via digital technologies during Nepal Earthquake 2015 and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico that led to global philanthropic actions, engagements, and partnerships. With the use of mixed methods study (Narrative Inquiry and Social Network Analysis), I argue that disaster forces formation of transnational networked assemblages via the diaspora and International governmental and non-governmental disaster response systems for networked philanthropic engagements.
2014 Master of Philosophy in English, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal

  • Thesis: Nepali Songs During Rana Regime: Rhetoric of Eros towards Attainment of Wisdom
2012 Master of Arts in English, Pokhara University, Kathmandu, Nepal

  •  Thesis: Undercurrents of Sexuality in Nepali Songs During Rana Regime

 

Research Interests

  • Risks Communication
  • Disaster Philanthropy
  • Global Communication
  • Social Media Research
  • Interdisciplinary /Integrated learning
  • Transnational Civic Engagement

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Baniya, S[1]., Chesley, A., Mentzer, N., Bartholomew, S., Moon, C., & Sherman, D. (2019). Using Adaptive Comparative Judgment in Writing Assessment: An Investigation of Reliability Among Interdisciplinary Evaluators. Journal of Technological Studies, 45 (2), 24-45. PDF

Baniya S., & Weech, S. (2019). Data and Experience Design: Negotiating Community-Oriented Digital Research with Service-Learning. Purdue Journal of Service-Learning and International Engagement, 6,11–16. https://doi.org/10.5703/1288284316979

Baniya, Sweta; Diab, Kefaya; Hendrickson, Brian; Grayson, Mara Lee; Holly, Hassel; Kumari, Ashanka; Larson, Kyle; Messina, Cara Marta; Paul, Gavin; Ruiz, Iris. (2019) “Where we Are: Dialogue and Disciplinary Space.” Composition Studies, 47 (2): 203–210.

Baniya, S. (2020). Managing Environmental Risks: Rhetorical Agency and Ecological Literacies of Women During the Nepal Earthquake. Enculturation Special Issue: Rhetorics and Literacies of Climate Change. Forthcoming. Summer 2020

 Baniya, S., Decolonizing Disaster Response: Puerto Ricans Response to Hurricane Maria. Journal of Puerto Rican Studies. Forthcoming. Fall 2020

Kumari, A, Baniya, S. & Larson, K. (2020).  The Necessity of Genre Disruption in Organizing an Advocacy Space for and by Graduate Students. Xchanges. Forthcoming. Spring 2020

Baniya, S.  Kumari, A, Larson, K., Johnson, GP., Doan, S., Schwarz, VM., (2021). Building an International Coalitional Listserv for and by Graduate Students: The Critical Digital Literacies of nextGEN. Computers and Composition, Special Issue.  Forthcoming, Summer 2021.

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Peer-Reviewed Publications in Progress

Baniya, S. Pioneer Nepali Female Singers’ Songs: Rhetoric of Body, Aesthetic and Libidinal Economy. Peitho Journal. Under Review

Sherman, D., Mentzer, N., Baniya, S., & Laux, D. (2019) Adapting Rhetorical Knowledge: Our Challenge in Assessing a First-Year Integrated Experience. Composition Forum. Under Review.

Parupudi, T., Sherman, D., Mentzer, N., Chesley, A., Baniya, S., & Laux, D. (2019) Oral Communication in an Integrated STEM and Humanities First-Year Experience. Journal of Technology Education. Under Review

Baniya, S.  Kumari, A, Larson, K., Johnson, GP., Doan, S., Schwarz, VM., (2021). Building an International Coalitional Listserv for and by Graduate Students: The Critical Digital Literacies of nextGEN. Computers and Composition, Special Issue.  Proposal Accepted.

Baniya, S.  Rhetorical Agency of Women in Ancient Nepali Mythological Narrative:  A Feminist Historiography of Svasthani Barta Katha. Manuscript in progress.

Baniya, S[2]., Mentzer, N., Sherman, D., Laux, D., Farrington, S., Holtan, A., Eden, C. Instructor Experience on Implementing Integrated Teaching Praxis. Manuscript in progress.

Book Chapters

Baniya, S. (2020). Rhetorical Comparison of Hindu God Krishna and Plato: An Exploration of Non-Western Hindu Rhetoric. In K. Lloyd. (Eds.), The Routledge Companion of Comparative and World Rhetorics. (17 pages). New York, NY: Routledge. In Press

Baniya, S. (2020). Community Engagement. In J. Tham (Eds), Keywords in Design Thinking: A Primer For Makers, Designers, & Technical Communicators. (1 page). WAC Foundations and Innovations in Technical and Professional Communication Series. Under Review

Baniya, S. (2015). Performance of Rituals in Shaping Nepalese Woman’s Sexuality. Discourses on Folklore Kathmandu International Folklore Congress. Nepali Folklore Society, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings

Baniya, S, Hutchinson, L, Kumari, A, Larson, K, Lindgren, C. (2019). Representing Diversity in Digital Research: Digital Feminist Ethics and Resisting Dominant Normatives. Computers and Writing 2018 Conference Proceedings. URL: https://tinyurl.com/y27btt29

Baniya, S (2019). Comparative Study of Networked Communities, Crisis Communication, and Technology: Rhetoric of Disaster in Nepal Earthquake and Hurricane Maria. In proceedings of SIGDOC Conference, Portland, OR Sigdoc 2019. 10.1145/3328020.3353913

Baniya, S[3]., Mentzer, N., Sherman, D., Laux, D., Farrington, S., Holtan, A., Eden, C., & Zhang, L. Creating Interdisciplinary Collaborative Teaching/learning Praxis with Design Thinking, Communication, and Composition. In proceedings of SIGDOC Conference, Portland, OR. 10.1145/3328020.3353913.

Chesley, A., Parupudi, T., Baniya, S., Farrington, S., Holtan, A., Eden, C., Laux, D., & Mentzer, N. (2018) Interdisciplinary Pedagogy, Integrated Curriculum, and Professional Development. In ASEE IL/IN Regional Conference Proceedings. 10.5703/1288284316848

 Publications by Undergraduate Mentees

Auckely, D., Harber, J., (2019). Caregiver Companion: Caregiver Companion: A Service-Learning Initiative in Tippecanoe County. Purdue Journal of Service Learning.

Yee, M., (2019). From Mugshots to Masterpieces: Identities Revealed Through Immigration Portraits of the Chinese Exclusion Era. Young Scholars in Writing.

Conference Presentations

Baniya, S., (March 2020). Decolonial Rhetorical Agency of Transnational Women Entrepreneurs During the Nepal Earthquake and Hurricane Maria. Conference on College Composition and Communication 2020. Milwaukee, WI.

Baniya, S. (October 2019). Comparative Study of Networked Communities, Crisis Communication, and Technology: Rhetoric of Disaster in Nepal Earthquake and Hurricane Maria. SIGDOC Conference 2019. Portland, OR.

Baniya, S., Mentzer, N., Sherman, D., Laux, D., Farrington, S., Holtan, A., Eden, C., Zhang, L., (October 2019). Creating Interdisciplinary Collaborative Teaching/learning Praxis with Design Thinking, Communication, and Composition. SIGDOC Conference 2019. Portland, OR.

Baniya, S., (June 2019). Reconsidering the Digital in Community Engagement Projects: Producing Knowledge Ethically with Big Data. Roundtable. Computers and Writing Conference 2019. Lansing, MI.

Baniya, S., (March 2019). #RageAgainstRape: Nepali Women’s Performance of Local Digital Actions Against the National Silence on Rape. Conference on College Composition and Communication 2019, Pittsburgh, PA.

Baniya, S., (March 2019). Exploring Rhetorical Ways of Addressing Public Health During Emergency. Association of Teachers of Technical Writing 2019, Pittsburgh, PA.

Baniya, S., Auckely, D., Harber, J., (March 2019). Engaging with Community via Digital Communication Practices: A Reflection on Service-Learning Oriented Business Writing Class. Engagement Summit 2019, Lafayette, IN.

Baniya, S., (June 2019). Rhetorical Comparison of Hindu God Krishna and Plato: An Exploration of Non-Western Hindu Rhetoric. Rhetoric Society of America Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Baniya, S., Hutchinson, L, Kumari, A, Larson, K, Lindgren, C. (May 2018). Representing Diversity in Digital Research: Digital Feminist Ethics and Resisting Dominant Normatives. Roundtable. Computers and Writing Conference 2018, Fairfax, VA.

Baniya, S., & Chesley, A., (May 2019). Retracing Blogging Experience as Digital Phronesis: Two Multi-cultural Microhistories. Computers and Writing Conference, Fairfax, VA.

Baniya, S., (November 2018) Nepal Earthquake 2015’s Initial Digital Narratives: Creation of Knowledge and Cultural Rhetoric. Cultural Rhetorics Conference 2018, Lansing, MI.

Baniya, S., Shrestha, P., (2018) Nepal’s Ceremonial Feminine Rhetorical Tradition: Performance of Coming of Age of Indigenous Newari Girls. Cultural Rhetorics Conference 2018, Lansing, MI.

Baniya, S., Chesley, A., Mentzer, N., Bartholomew, S., Moon, C., & Sherman, D. (October 2018). Assessing Writing from Interdisciplinary Perspective via Adaptive Comparative Judging. Crow Symposium: Writing Research Without Walls 2018, Lafayette, IN.

Chesley, A., Parupudi, T., Baniya, S., Farrington, S., Holtan, A., Eden, C., Laux, D., & Mentzer, N. (April 2018) Interdisciplinary Pedagogy, Integrated Curriculum, and Professional Development. ASEE IL/IN Regional Conference, Lafayette, IN.

Baniya, S., (October 2017). Pioneer Nepali Female Singers of Nepal: Rhetoric of Body, Sexuality, and Libidinal Economy. Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference 2017, Dayton, OH.

Baniya, S., (February 2015). Undercurrents of Sexuality in Nepali Songs During Rana Regime. International Louisville Conference on Arts and Literature 2015, Louisville, KY.

Baniya, S., (February 2015).  “Secret Sacred Silence” (Fiction). International Louisville Conference on Arts and Literature. Louisville 2015, KY.

Baniya, S., (April 2015). Performance of Rituals in Shaping Nepalese Woman’s Sexuality. International Folklore Congress 2015, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Academic / Administrative Experiences

2019-present Assistant Mentor of Introductory Composition at Purdue, Department of English, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

  •  Mentor first-year English department graduate teaching assistants by working directly with Dr. Linda Haynes (Assistant Director of ICaP) and ICaP staff on developing teaching materials as well as strategies for teaching in ICaP classes to support mentoring and training of graduate students and lecturers.
  • Hold weekly office hours to support first-year graduate student teaching assistants and lecturers in teaching and also observing their classes to provide feedback.
  •  Lead on developing technology related lesson plans and implement it in training first-year graduate students.
  •  Support first-year graduate students on navigating the first-year experience as well as on their professional development in cooperation with ICaP staff, the Writing Lab, and the Graduate Program in English.
  • Support instructors to learn best practices for teaching online courses by providing lessons on curating an online class, video lectures, and any issues related to online teaching.
2017-present Research Assistant, Integrated Design Thinking Learning Research Led by Polytechnic Institute, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

  • Assist in research of interdisciplinary pedagogy that combines Polytechnic Institute, Department of English, and Department of Communication
  • Collaborate with research assistants and Professors from STEM and Communications department with diverse disciplinary and cultural backgrounds.
  • Participate in bi-weekly research team meeting to discuss data, new research ideas, and methods to enhance current ongoing research.
  • Manage data collection activities including interviews, focus groups, and survey with instructors as well as students of integrated learning.
  • Conduct qualitative data analysis of collected data by using Nvivo software and assessment technologies like Adaptive Comparative Judgment.
  • Plan, propose, and write for peer-reviewed journals for publication and work on IRB renewals/ amendments as needed.
2019-present Editorial Fellow, National Council of Teachers of English

  •  Oversee manuscript from initial submission to publication by closely working with the editor of Studies in Rhetoric and Writing Book Series.
  • Assign reviewers, providing feedback, and working with the authors towards the publication of the manuscript
  • Coordinate a set of publications to fulfill the editorial mission of SWR
  • Organize board meeting and developing editorial board policy
  • Curate digital artifacts that supports SWR’s mission in rhetoric and writing
  • Organize graduate students’ friendly professionalization events.
2019-present Curriculum Developer, Kings College, Kathmandu, Nepal

  • Develop community engagement-based curriculum for undergraduate level by an integrated course by combining Entrepreneurship, Business Communication, and Ethics of Business
  • Provide support and training to faculty members on community engagement
  • Develop networking opportunities for Kings College and colleges in the US.

Teaching Interests

  • Rhetorical Theory
  • Computational Research Methods
  • Intercultural Communication
  • International Communication
  • Social Media
  • Empirical Research Methods

Teaching Experience

2019 Business Writing with Risk Communication, 1 section (Online)

  • Taught via distance learning upper-level undergraduates’ rhetorical principles and writing practices necessary for the 21st-century professional work context.
  • Themed the class on risk/ crisis communication where students learned about various risk communications strategies, conducted audience analysis and primary research (interview, survey, focus groups) based on catastrophic situations, and practiced the use of digital communication technologies to address crisis and issues of social justice.
  • Assigned students to create research and write a white paper on an issue related with disaster, and work collaboratively to produce two different digital products (for example this website (https://tinyurl.com/yyd7e54d) for addressing the issue of that risk/disaster.
  • Taught students’ skills on collaborating across distances and time zones to learn skills of project management and teamwork.
2018-2019 Business Writing with Service Learning, 2 sections, (Local and International)

o   Themed Business writing class on service learning and community engagement by partnering with local community partner: Caregiver Companion (Fall 2018) and international community partner: Code for Nepal (Spring 2019).

  • Students learned grant writing to apply Office of Engagement grants at Purdue and received Four grants in Fall 2018 worth $3400 and Two Grants in Spring worth $1500 to support community partner.
  • Students learned how to manage real-world business communication by engaging with the community and community partners and by producing various communications products catering to the community partner’s needs.
  • Students engaged with the local and international community to work collaboratively to get real-world business writing experiences that supports larger communities beyond their disciplinary boundaries.
  • Students learned document design, formal report and proposal writing, as well as managing budget.
  • Students organized two events on campus one in the Fall (for Caregiver Companion) and one in the Spring (for Code for Nepal) to generate awareness and recruit volunteers for the organizations.
2016-2018 First-Year English Composition (Including EPICS Learning Community)

  • Taught First-Year English Composition to first-year Purdue students with a focus on digital rhetoric and academic research and writing.
  • Students learned and practiced basic communications and composition practices required for academic inquiry in any discipline.
  • Students learned to research, write, design, and present research poster based on the topics related to their specific discipline.
  • Students engaged in various outside of classroom activities like mural analysis, visit Chicago to engage real-world experiences with writing.

Non-Academic (Industry) Experience

2008-2016 English News Reader and Editor, Radio Nepal (National Radio of Nepal)

  • Prepared, edited, translated, and broadcasted English news on a daily basis.
  • Trained new English News readers on editing, translating, and reading of the English news.
  • Managed coordinated the morning shift of English News Desk.
2015-2016 Communications Learning and Documentation Officer, Nepal Earthquake Recovery Project Funded by European Union

2014-2015 Communications Officer, Teach For Nepal

  • Overall communications of the organization, curating Social Media, media/press, organized “Digital Literacy” program for school kids,
  • Documentary: Changing Self- Changing Community: https://tinyurl.com/y5t46h7l
2013-2014 Communications Associate, United Nations Human Settlement Program

  • Overseeing and responsibility for the implementation of the Communications strategy for UN-Habitat.
  • Engage the press and social media to promote UN-Habitat,
  • Coordinate curation of the website as well as the production of outreach materials, publications and events.
  • Support UN-habitat partners to communicate about the program
2010-2012 Local Correspondent, Xinhua News Agency

  • Reporting the issues in Nepal that is of international importance with focus on politics, social-cultural, climate changes, and gender issues.
  • Prepare audio-visual reports on the recent issues ongoing in Nepal.
  • Visit field for reporting for taking interviews and collection of news

International Workshops

Baniya, S (2019). Resume and Cover Letter Writing Workshop for Masters of Business Administration Students. Apex College, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Baniya, S (2019). Professional Portfolio Workshop for Bachelors of Business Administration Students. King’s College, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Baniya, S (2019). Intercultural Communication Workshop for Bachelors of Business Administration Students. King’s College, Kathmandu, Nepal

Baniya, S (2019). Teachers Training on Service Learning /Community Engagement. King’s College, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Baniya, S (2019). Writing Thesis Proposal Workshop for Masters of Philosophy Students. IACER, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Baniya, S (2018). Academic Writing Workshop for Bachelors of Business Administration students. King’s College, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Awards

2019 Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC)

  • 2019 CPTSC and Bedford St. Martin’s Diversity Scholarship Award (750)

Computers and Writing Conference 2019

  • 2019 Kairos Service Award for Graduate Students and Adjuncts
  Purdue University Graduate Pedagogy Showcase Award 2019

  • Best of the Graduate Pedagogy Showcase Award ($200)
  Special Interest Group for the Design of Communication Conference 2019

  • Graduate Student Travel Award ($500)
  Conference on College Composition and Communication 2019

  • CCCCs Scholars for Dreams Award ($1000)
  Association of Technical Communications Conference 2019

  • ATTW Amplification Award ($500)
2018 Literary Awards, College of Liberal Arts, Purdue University

  • Kneale Award for Best Rhetoric and Composition Paper 2018 ($200)
  Computers and Writing Conference 2018

  • Graduate Student Travel Award ($135)
2017 Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference 2017

  • Nan Johnson Outstanding Graduate Student Travel Award ($200)
2010 Purbanchal University, Biratnagar, Nepal

  • Dhurba Narayan Lal Gold Medal for securing top position university wise in Bachelor of Arts

Grants

2019 Center of Intercultural Learning Mentorship, Assessment and Research, Purdue University

  • Mini-grant for Data gathering for dissertation project ($2000)
2018-2019 College of Liberal Arts, Purdue University

  • Graduate School Scholarship for (2018-2019) ($2000)
  • Purdue Research Fund -Summer Research Grant (2018) ($3,597)
  • Promise Award (2017) ($650), Promise Award (2018) ($750)
  • Digital Humanities Travel Award ($600)
  • Department of English Rider Grant ($250)
2018-2019 Office of Engagement, Purdue University

  • Service-Learning Grant for Business Writing Class. Fall 2018 ($3400)
  • Service-Learning Grant for Rhetorics of Service-Learning. Fall 2018 ($1850)
  • Service-Learning Grant for Business Writing Class. Spring 2019($1500)
2014-2015 University Grants Commissions, Kathmandu Nepal

  • International Travel Grant ($250)
  • Master of Philosophy Thesis Writing Grant ($250)
  • Master of Arts Thesis Writing Grant ($250)

Fellowships

2019 Centro for Puerto Rican Studies (Centro)

  • Centro 2019 Summer Dissertation Fellowship ($2574)

CCCCs Studies in Writing and Rhetoric Series

  • Studies in Writing and Rhetoric, Editorial Fellowship

Association of Technical Communications Conference 2019

  • Research Methods Workshop Participation Fellowship ($200)
2014 United States Department of State

  • Study of the US Institutes: Contemporary American Literature. Summer 2014, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
2011 Government of China

  • Training Course on Radio Broadcasting Techniques for Developing Countries. Summer of 2011. China Radio and TV Corporation, Beijing, China

Editorial Experience

2019 National Council of Teachers of English

  • Studies in Rhetoric and Writing Editorial Fellowship
  Young Writers in Rhetoric and Writing

  • Board Member and the editorial team
  Purdue Journal of Service learning

  • Board Member and the editorial team

National and International Engagement

2019 Code for Nepal

  • Students worked closely with Code for Nepal, an international organization working to end digital inequity in Nepal
  • Students establish their brand and digital identity in order to support their mission of empowering Nepal by increasing digital literacy and the use of open data!
  • Office of Engagement at Purdue University provided us with the grant of $1500 to support Code for Nepal. With this money the students were able to purchase SSL certificate, Facebook Ads, and various merchandise for Code for Nepal.
  • Student purchased Facebook Ads reached to over 300,000 people with increased likes of over 500.
2018 Caregiver Companion

  • Students worked closely with Caregiver Companion, a local organization in Lafayette, IN who serve the elderly population in the Greater Lafayette area.
  • Within this course, students engaged directly with the Caregiver Companion by applying their knowledge of rhetoric, writing, and community service for social justice.
  • Office of Engagement at Purdue University provided us with $3400 grant to support Caregiver Companion. With this money, the students were able to purchase Tshirts, print brochures, buttons, and organize an event to disseminate information about Caregiver Companion.
2018 Food Finders Food Bank

  • Within Graduate Seminar Rhetoric and Civic Engagement under supervision of Dr. Jennifer Bay, I in partnership with Shelton Weech conducted a semester-long project to identify and examine the benefits, drawbacks, and potentials of Link2Feed, Food Finders Food Bank (FFFB)’s client tracking software.
  • Worked collaboratively with FFFBs staff throughout the semester to track usability of Link2Feed, data input and reporting options, develop a “Wish List” of the staff and wrote and presented a recommendation report on Link2Feed.
  • Office of Engagement at Purdue University provided us with $1850 grant to support FFFB to buy a mobile food pantry to support the community in rural and vulnerable Montgomery county in Indiana that allowed them to gather hunger data as well as purchase some chairs for the food pantry visitors in Lafayette.

National and International Service

University

  • Assessment Committee, Member, Introductory Composition Purdue, Purdue University
  • Introductory Writing Committee, Member, Introductory Composition Purdue, Purdue University
  • Global Ambassador, Purdue University Graduate School
  • Rhetorical Theory Member, Rhetoric Society of America Purdue- University Chapter
National

  • Digital Content Creator and Awards Taskforce, Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric
  • Graduate Student Representative and Online Content Creator, CCCCs Transnational Standing Committee
  • Founding Member and Moderator, International Rhetoric and Writing Graduate Student Listserv (#nextGen)
  • Social Media Curator, Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference 2017, Dayton, OH
International

  • Researcher, Himalayan Research Institute
  • Founding Member and Tutor, Tribhuvan University Writing Center (First ever writing center in the university)
  • Founding Member, #RageAgainstRape
  • Marketing and Campaign Manager for Digital Mustang Project, Code for Nepa

Professional Affiliations

  • ACM: Association for Computing Machinery
  • ATTW: Association for Teachers of Technical Writing
  • CCCC: College Conference on Composition and Communication
  • CFSHRC: Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition
  • NCTE: National Council of Teachers of English
  • RSA: Rhetoric Society of America
  • #womeninTC: Women in Technical Communication

 

Reference

Dr. Richard Johnson-Sheehan

Professor, Rhetoric and Composition, Purdue University

500 Oval Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907

Email: rjonso@purdue.edu

Phone: (765) 49-43324

Dr. Thomas Rickert

Professor, Rhetoric and Composition, Purdue University

500 Oval Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907

Email: trickert@purdue.edu

Phone: (765) 49-43324

 

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