Mr. Dakota Carlson is the University Writing Center Coordinator for Claflin University and currently teaches various sections of ENGL 101 (Composition I) and ENGL 102 (Composition II). Mr. Carlson hails from a small town just outside of Quincy, IL. His passions within the Humanities include film, literature, rhetoric, and writing studies. One of his major goals is to assist students in the journey of discovering their own academic/writing identities and promote an openness to the wonderful world of English and the Humanities.

Mr. Carlson received a BA in English in 2017 from Western Illinois University with minors in Film and Creative Writing. Additionally, Mr. Carlson received an endorsement in Journalism and has worked as a freelance opinions’ column journalist for the Western Courier in Macomb, IL. He received an MA in English in 2019 from Western Illinois University where he worked as a Teaching Assistant and Tutor Training Coordinator for the Western Illinois University Writing Center (Macomb campus). He has taught Rhetoric, Composition, and Research Writing for Quincy University and Carl Sandburg College.  


MA in English (2019) from Western Illinois University

BA in English (2016) from Western Illinois University

Research Interests

Rhetoric, Literary Studies, Film Studies, Narrative Studies 

Recent Publications

“Anxiety, Desire, and De-Glamourization in the Films of Joe Swanberg.” Published by Western Illinois University Press. August 2019. 

“Bag o’ Death.” Published in Illinois's Best Emerging Poets: An Anthology by Z-Publishing House. August 2017.

Recent Presentations

Nineteenth Claflin University Conference on English and Language Arts Pedagogy in Secondary and Postsecondary Institutions in Orangeburg, SC. October 2020.

Iowa Writing Center Consortium. Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, IA. April 2019.

“Liberation from Desire and ‘Traditional’ Femininity in Hitchcock’s Vertigo and Vidor’s Stella Dallas.” English Graduate Organization & Sigma Tau Delta. October 2018.

“Absence to Creation: The Father in the Male Melodrama.” Western Illinois University’s English Graduate Organization & Sigma Tau Delta in Macomb, IL. November 2017. 

“Feeding Our Monsters: Cinematic Violence and the Contemporary Villain.” Western Illinois University’s English Graduate Organization & Sigma Tau Delta in Macomb, IL. October 2016.

“Teaching and Assessing Linguistically Diverse Students.” Western Illinois University’s “Dealing with Difference Institute” in Macomb, IL. April 2015. 

Dakota Carlson UWC Director
Interim Writing Center Coordinator
  • School of Humanities & Social Sciences
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