Director of the Transformative Speaking Program & Faculty Associate
Her research and teaching interests include speaking and writing program administration, with a particular focus on social justice frameworks; critical pedagogy and anti-oppression education, with a particular focus on race and gender; public speaking, composition, and rhetoric; sociolinguistics, with a particular focus on ESOL and racially stigmatized language use in the United States; and contemporary multicultural American literatures, with a particular focus on “hybrid” or borderland identities.
She has taught public speaking, writing, American literature, English language, and peer mentoring theory through these various lenses to students spanning elementary school through college and professional levels. At Hampshire, she teaches introductory public speaking courses and a theory and practice course for students preparing to work as peer speaking mentors with the Transformative Speaking Program.
Her recent book Writing Centers and the New Racism: A Call for Sustainable Dialogue and Change (Utah State University Press, 2011), with Dr. Karen Rowan, was the winner of the International Writing Centers Association Outstanding Book Award in 2012. She is currently working on her second book, titled A College Women’s Guide to Powerful Speaking: How to Transform Yourself and the World One Word at a Time. Dr. Greenfield also frequently collaborates with her students on producing scholarship, including conference presentations and articles. She is currently writing a co-authored essay with two Hampshire students addressing opportunities for speaking and writing programs to facilitate transformative change within global systems of gender-based violence.
Working for over a decade as a leader in speaking and writing centers, she most recently served as the associate director of the Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Arts at Mount Holyoke College, where she brought its Speaking, Arguing, and Writing Program into international prominence.
Dr. Greenfield took her vision for empowered communication to the global stage in 2012 when she founded Women’s Voices Worldwide, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting social justice around the globe by educating women and girls to be powerful speakers in all areas of personal, academic, professional, and civic life, regardless of financial means. She continues to direct this organization outside of her work at Hampshire. (www.womensvoicesworldwide.org)
Dr. Greenfield has served on the board of directors of regional and national writing center organizations, and as chair or co-chair of national and international writing center conferences. From Massachusetts to Saudi Arabia, she has provided consultation for institutions of higher education around the world seeking guidance in establishing their own speaking and writing programs.
She is thrilled have joined the Hampshire College community to realize a vision of making speaking a hallmark of a Hampshire education.
This interactive seminar for students selected to work as peer mentors with Hampshire's Transformative Speaking Program will provide an opportunity to help shape the work of a new discipline immerging at the intersections of education, politics, communications, philosophy, anthropology, and critical social thought: peer mentoring in speaking. Students will grapple with questions about the political function of peer mentoring as it relates to academic institutions and broader society-from assimilationist interpretations to revolutionary agendas-paying particular attention to the negotiation of power and difference (racial, cultural, gender, linguistic, etc.) in mentoring sessions. Students will explore related research and juxtapose competing arguments about what makes for powerful speaking and how it should best be taught, participate in a mentoring practicum, strengthen their own speaking skills, and form their own philosophies-in-progress in response. Students are expected to spend at least 6-8 hours per week on work outside of class, including reading, writing, speech preparation, and practicum activities.
What does it mean to listen radically? This course focuses on the role of listening in communication practices geared towards sociopolitical transformation. Moving beyond listening as performance or listening as merely "active," we will explore what kinds of listening practices open up opportunity for ethical change to happen. In particular, we will differentiate it from the kind of listening that usually happens in debates, discussions, and even general dialogue. Instead, we will explore the kind of consciousness-raising listening that can happen through dialogue but push it further to examine how to move from passive awareness to critical and active change-making as a result. In other words, what can we do ethically with what we have learned, and how can that vision re-inform our future listening practices? This course will invite theoretical exploration and hands-on practice as students encounter a variety of schools of thought. These might include components of nonviolent communication, intergroup dialogue, Buddhism, alternative medicine, resonant storytelling, and embodied listening, among others. We will also explore sociological research to understand barriers to radical listening, such as implicit biases related to social identities including race and gender. Guest speakers will provide a variety of perspectives, and frequent group activities and sessions with peer mentors from the Transformative Speaking Program will facilitate practical application.