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Teaching Interests

Writing and Rhetoric courses at all levels (developmental to graduate)
Histories of Rhetoric and Composition
Composition Theory
Rhetorical Theory
Writing Pedagogy


San José State University (2015-present)


ENGL 298: Special Study: Rhetorical Traditions of the Near and Middle East
ENGL 298: Special Study: Rhetoric, Narrative, and New Media
ENGL 298: Special Study: Rhetorical Theory
ENGL 298: Special Study: Rhetorics of Race, Gender, & Sexuality
ENGL 298: Special Study: Postmodern Rhetorics of Race & Ethnicity
ENGL 298: Special Study: Histories and Theories of L2 Writing
ENGL 298: Special Study: Kenneth Burke’s Rhetorical Theory
ENGL 259: Seminar in Composition Studies
ENGL 257: Seminar in the History of Rhetoric


ENGL 190: Honors Seminar: Rhetorics of American Feminisms
ENGL 180: Individual Studies: Chicanx Rhetorical Traditions
ENGL 157: Topics in Rhetorical Analysis
ENGL 105: Seminar in Advanced Composition
ENGL 2: Critical Thinking and Writing
ENGL 1A: Composition
ENGL 1AFS: Stretch Composition
Early Start English 1004: Exploring College Writing [online]

Faculty seminar

Composition Theory for Writing Teachers Across the Curriculum (5-week seminar)

University of North Texas (2011-2015)


ENGL 5900: Independent Study: Composition & Writing Program Histories
ENGL 5550: Studies in Teaching Composition
ENGL 5310: Studies in Rhetorical Theory


ENGL 4230: Special Topics: Institutional Rhetorics
ENGL 4200: Modern Rhetorical Theory
ENGL 4160: Advanced Expository Writing
ENGL 3200: Rhetorical History and Historiography
ENGL 1311: Honors Composition

National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad, Pakistan (June 2014)

Faculty Seminar: Writing for Publication

Teaching Recognition

Commendation for Pedagogical Use of Special Collections, “Bureaucracy: A Love Story,” Friends of the UNT Libraries Board, 2015

Recognized Teacher, UNT’s “Thank a Teacher” Program, 2012, 2014

ASU Devils’ Advocates Award for Teaching Excellence, 2008


Published by Ryan Skinnell

Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Writing, Department of English & Comparative Literature, San José State University, San Jose, CA