Hannah Bellwoar joined the Juniata faculty in 2011 as assistant professor of English. She comes to the college from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Bellwoar earned a bachelor's degree in English in 2000 from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa. She went on to earn a master's degree in English in 2004, specializing in writing studies, and earned a doctoral degree in 2011, both from the University of Illinois.
Her professional research centers on how people use health-related writings and information, particularly how laypeople use the texts outside of institutional spaces such as hospitals or medical facilities.
She has been a co-author for several professional articles, published in Kairos. She also has presented papers and given talks at professional meetings and conferences across the country.
At the University of Illinois she served as assistant director of the freshman rhetoric program from 2007 to 2008 and she worked as program coordinator for the university's Programs in Professional Writing from 2003 to 2005. She also served as a peer adviser for instructors in the university's Freshman Rhetoric Program.