Dr. Tawny LeBouef Tullia (she/her/hers), Associate Professor, was born and raised in very south Louisiana. She studied as an artist to earn her B.F.A. from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. After earning her M.A. in English with a concentration in American literature, Dr. Tullia earned her Ph.D. in Rhetoric at Texas Woman’s University.

Dr. Tullia’s research focuses on sport and rhetoric at the intersections of race and gender; as well as, building community in classroom and professional spaces using antiracist practices and theories of Beloved Community. She also works on research that focuses on the affect intuitions (connaissance and conocimiento) have on our reading practices as well as philosophies of becoming.

Dr. Tullia has published work on the importance of authenticity and building community in the classroom. That work appears in the volume On Teacher Neutrality: Politics, Praxis, Performativity, edited by Daniel Richards and published by Utah State University Press. The chapter titled “Turning Resistances into Engagement” was written collaboratively with Dr. Erika Johnson.

Dr. Tullia serves as the Dean of the Rosa Deal School of Arts and teaches courses in First-Year Composition and in the English for Corporate Communications program.

Office hours for students and faculty: Monday – Thursday 8:30 – 10:30

Curriculum Vitae

  • PhD in Rhetoric. 2017. Texas Woman’s University. Dissertation: Capitalizing on Orthodox Masculinity: The NFL, Capitalism, and the Pedagogy of Becoming ‘Controlled Fury.’ Graduate Certificate in Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies.
  • MA in English. 2011. Texas Woman’s University. Thesis: (Re)Possessing Historical Perception Through Poetic Voice: A Phenomenological Study of the Poetry of Eavan Boland.
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts. 2001. University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Culminating show: “Negating Borders,” darkroom photography.

Courses Taught