Tapping the Well in Rural Texas: Negotiating Genre for Public Health

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)


Literature and Languages

Date of Award

Spring 2020


The purpose of this study is to better understand how community research prepares college students for writing in the genres of their professional disciplines. Specifically, it focuses on the Community Assessment paper that nursing students are assigned in NURS 4660: Rural and Community Health. This project requires them to research and assess the quality of healthcare in a rural community and then write a proposal that details a plan of action for improving it. The study examines what the genre of a community health assessment teaches students about the nursing profession. It also looks at how students negotiate university-community tensions as they conduct their research. One methodology for gathering data is textual analysis and coding of two community assessment papers and the syllabus for NURS 4660. Another methodology is interviews with nursing faculty and students who have completed the project. Finally, in observing the community assessment from the perspective of nursing education and public health, the study aims to make a rhetorical intervention in the field of composition studies.


Shannon Carter

Subject Categories

Arts and Humanities | Rhetoric and Composition