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Dr. Polo earned her Bachelor of Science from Missouri Western State University, her Master of Arts from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. She joined Cottey College in 2019.

Dr. Polo serves as writing program administrator for Cottey’s first-year writing program, and she teaches courses in first-year writing, professional writing, writing pedagogy, digital and multimodal composition, and more. Dr. Polo is also a faculty advising editor for the undergraduate research journal, Young Scholars in Writing.

Dr. Polo’s research focuses on histories of the field of rhetoric and composition, archival research, rhetorical genre studies, and writing program administration.

Selected Publications

“Student Writings as ‘Mutt Genres’ and ‘Unique Performances’: The Course Papers of Kate Hansen, Spring 1900.” Peitho, vol. 25, no. 1, Fall 2022.

“Intersections of Writing and Carework, Work and Play: Excerpts from Video Logs on Parenting in the COVID-19 Pandemic.” The Journal of Multimodal Rhetoric, vol. 6, no. 2, 2022.

“Introduction to the Infographic Genre.” Dynamic Activities for First-Year Composition: 96 Ways to Immerse, Inspire, and Captivate Students. Edited by Michal Reznizki and David T. Coad. National Council of Teachers of English, 2023. pp. 51-52.