Spear is the recipient of LSU's Ann Veronica Simon Outstanding Gender Studies Dissertation Award and has spoken at a number of conferences, including the Conference on College Composition and Communication. Some talks have included "Publicizing the Personal in Composition Courses," "Saving Self and Others in Telling: Stories, Survivor Rhetoric, and Social Change," and "More than Words: Writing the Wound." Her recent article "Let Me Tell You a Story’: On Teaching Trauma Narratives, Writing, and Healing," published with Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture, blends theory and praxis and outlines a "wounded healer pedagogy." Currently, Spear is working with rape rhetoric and illness literacy; her book project is tentatively titled Women Writing Trauma.
"‘Let Me Tell You a Story’: On Teaching Trauma Narratives, Writing, and Healing." Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture. Issue 14.1, December 2013.
Peer-Reviewed Creative Nonfiction
"Uprooted." NOLA Diaspora. Vol 3, Issue 1. Feb. 2013.
"Expanded Faculty Welcome Packet." USM English Department, Composition Instructor Resources. July 2014.
"Learning Global Citizenship with Service." UNCW Center for Teaching Excellence, Teaching Excellence Poster Showcase. Dec. 8, 2012. Poster.
"Studio 151 Manual." LSU’s CxC In-House Student Worker Instructional and How-to Guide, 2010.
"Tips from Books on Writing in the Disciplines." LSU’s CxC In-House Adapted Materials for Faculty Development, 2010.
"Abuse: A Journey Towards Claiming the Term." The Voice: The Journal of Battered Women’s Movement. Spring, 2009.