Constance Haywood

Assistant Professor
Bate 2141


Dr. Constance Haywood joined the ECU Department of English in fall 2022. Her background is in digital writing and rhetoric, Black feminist studies, and professional communication. Dr. Haywood’s current work lives at the intersection of Black feminist theory and digital research ethics, emphasizing the need for digital research methodologies that develop out of Black women’s knowledge practices and are embedded in social justice — especially when research involves at-risk and multiple-marginalized communities. Largely, her scholarship and research trajectory is purposed with embracing, honoring, and utilizing the written and lived experiences of Black women in ways that resist hegemony and amplify alternative methods of navigating a number of social, cultural, political, and institutional contexts. Alongside her expertise in Writing Studies, Dr. Haywood is also specialized to teach in areas of Women and Gender Studies. She has a forthcoming chapter in C. VanKooten and V. Del Hierro’s Methods and Methodologies edited collection. She has also authored pieces for the Digital Rhetoric Collaborative and WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship. Dr. Haywood is an active member of the Black Technical and Professional Task Force, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the CCCC Black Caucus.


  • B.A. in English, East Carolina University (2011)
  • M.A. in English Studies, East Carolina University (2015)
  • Ph.D. in Rhetoric & Writing, Michigan State University (2022)

Research Interests

  • Black feminist theory
  • Black literacy/language
  • Digital rhetoric and writing
  • Digital research ethics
  • Technical and professional communication

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 1100: Foundations of College Writing
  • ENGL 2201: Writing About the Disciplines
  • ENGL 3880: Writing for Business and Industry
  • ENGL 4885: Digital Writing

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Haywood, C.M. (forthcoming 2022). Developing a black feminist research ethic: A methodological approach to research in digital spaces. In C. VanKooten & V. Del Hierro (Eds.) Methods and methodologies for research in digital writing and rhetoric. Manuscript in review.
  • Pregent, G., Marcyk, E., Williams, T., & Haywood, C.M. (2021). Welcomeness and identity in campus partnerships. WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship, 45(5), 2-9.
  • Mckoy, T., Shelton, C., Sackey, D., Jones, N., Haywood, C.M., Wourman, J., & Harper, K.C. (2020). CCCC Black Technical and Professional Communication Position Statement with Resource Guide. Conference on College Composition and Communication.
  • Haywood, C.M. (2020). Book review: Social writing/social media: Publics, presentations, and pedagogies. Computers and Composition, 58(4), 2-9.
  • Haywood, C.M. (2019). ‘I do this for us’: Thinking through reciprocity and researcher-community relationships. Digital Rhetoric Collaborative. Blog post.
  • Haywood, C.M. (May 2022). “Gifts of Knowledge and Embodied Experience: Black Feminist Contributions to Digital Research Ethics.” The 2022 Annual Computers and Writing Conference; East Carolina University; Greenville, North Carolina, US. Virtual presentation.
  • Mckoy, T., Shelton, C., Sackey, D., Jones, N., Haywood, C.M., Wourman, J., & Harper, K.C. (November 2020). “Black technical and professional communication.” Panel presentation. Hosted by the Virginia Tech Department of English. Virtual presentation.