Dr. Tawny LeBouef Tullia, Assistant 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 literature, Tawny earned her Ph.D. in Rhetoric at Texas Woman’s University. She is also completing an M.A. in Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies. Dr. Tullia studies sport and rhetoric at the intersections of race and gender, building community in the classroom and professional spaces, and the affect intuitions (connaissance and conocimiento) have on our reading practices. She is currently working on a co-written piece on authenticity in the classroom and a large collaborative project regarding Serena Williams as an icon. Her research interests include critical theory; rhetoric, sport, and gender studies; philosophies of becoming; affect theory; as well as modern and contemporary American literature and poetry. Dr. Tullia teaches in CBU’s English for Corporate Communications program.