Magdelyn Helwig

Writing Programs Director; Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition

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Dr. Magdelyn Hammond Helwig is the Writing Programs Director at Furman University. She specializes in verbal-visual collaboration, visual rhetoric and multimodal composition, textual culture, and the role of women in higher education administration. Her poetry and articles can be found in Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association (2010), Kairos (2014), The Ekphrastic Review (2016), The Walt Whitman Quarterly Review (2016), Plainsongs (2017), and Women’s Ways of Making (2020, Utah State University Press).As a new member of the Furman community, Dr. Helwig is excited to work with faculty, staff, and students on writing initiatives across campus. She is especially looking forward to teaching an FYW class in Fall 2022.


Ph.D., University of Maryland, College ParkM.F.A., University of Maryland, College ParkB.A., University of Tennessee, Chattanooga

Representative Publications

Clark-Oates, A., Garrett, B., Helwig, M. H., Matzke, A., Rankin-Robertson, S., & Smitherman-Clark, C. (2020). Making it as a Female Writing Program Administrator: Using Collective Action and Feminist Mentoring Practices to Transgress Gendered Boundaries. In S. K. Rose & M. D. Goggin (Eds.), Women’s Ways of Making (pp. 245–264). Utah State University Press.; Helwig, M. H. (2016). Schultz, Robert and Binh Danh. War Memoranda: Photography, Walt Whitman, and Renewal (Poetry and Visual Art Exhibition). Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, 34(1), 73-82.; Helwig, M. H. (2010). Scratching the Surface: Frank O'Hara and Larry Rivers’ Integrated Collaboration on Stones. Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association, 43(2), 59-73.

Honors and Awards

University Research Council Research Grant for “Splitting Schist in Stones: Delving Into the Integrated Personal and Artistic Collaboration of Frank O'Hara and Larry Rivers,” Western Illinois University, 2017–2018; Outstanding Teaching with Technology Faculty Award, College of Arts and Sciences, Western Illinois University, May 2015