Neil Baird

Neil Baird

Position: Associate Professor
Director of University Writing Program
Ph.D. University of Nevada, Reno
Phone: 309-255-7103
Email: neilb@bgsu.edu
Address: East Hall 402

Chad Iwertz Duffy

Chad Iwertz Duffy

Position: Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Ohio State University
Phone: 419-372-7683
Email: ciwertz@bgsu.edu
Address: East Hall 412

Lee Nickoson

Lee Nickoson

Position: Professor
Chair of English Department
Ph.D. Illinois State University
Phone: 419-372-7540
Email: leenick@bgsu.edu
Address: East Hall 213

Sue Carter Wood

Sue Carter Wood

Position: Associate Professor
Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin
Phone: 419-372-8107
Email: carters@bgsu.edu
Address: East Hall 401


Donna Nelson-Beene (Ph.D. Bowling Green State University)

Donna Nelson-Beene image


Areas of Specialization: Writing program administration, writing pedagogies, the teaching of basic and developmental writing, writing assessment.


  • The Teaching of Writing, co-authored with Alice Calderonello and Sue Carter (under contract with Allyn & Bacon)
  • Perspectives on Academic Writing, co-authored with Calderonello and Carter (1997);
  • "A Chat with Andrea Lunsford and Lisa Ede," co-authored with Calderonello and Carter in Writing on the Edge (1991)
  • "Writing Laboratories and Basic Writing" in Research and Basic Writing, Moran and Jacobi, eds. (1990).

Classes Taught:

  • English 6020: Composition Instructors' Workshop
  • English 6200: The Teaching of Writing
  • English 7800: Teaching of Basic and Developmental Writing


Alice Calderonello, Ph.D. (University of Illinois)

Professor Emeritus of English

Areas of Specialization

Style (especially clarity); women, writing and language; applied linguistics (especially to the teaching of writing); integrating writing, mathematics, and technology across the curriculum.


  • Three freshman writing texts (two introductory composition, one developmental writing) ;
  • One monograph on feminism and composition (with Kris Blair);
  • Two research grants (Exxon foundation and the National Institute on Education);
  • Book reviews, interviews, articles, and conference presentations.

Current Work in Progress:

  1. The Teaching of Writing (with Carter and Nelson-Beene), under contract with Allyn and Bacon;
  2. Grammar for Language Arts Teachers (with Martin and Blair), under contract with Allyn and Bacon.

Susan Carlton, Ph.D. (University of Michigan)


Professor Emeritus

After 18 years of work in the University Writing Program (then called General Studies Writing), Susan Carlton retired. Read about her work in this interview.

Susan Carlton has a B.A. with a double major in English and Philosophy from BGSU (1976), and a M.A. (1977) and Ph.D. (1984) in English from the University of Michigan. Before joining the BGSU’s General Studies Writing Program full-time teaching staff in 2000 she was a full-time lecturer in the University of Michigan’s Department of English Language and Literature for twelve years. At Michigan, she was also employed by the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts to prepare new graduate student teachers enrolled in its cross-disciplinary Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Development Program.  Her interests include composition pedagogy, writing and community engagement, literary theory, and gender/cultural studies.

Dr. Carlton was a frequent participant in the Center for Faculty Excellence faculty learning communities, participating in eight year-long communities across her eighteen years at BGSU.  She was nominated by the Writing Program for the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Instructor/Lecturer Award (2011) and for the Faculty Excellence Award in Service Learning (2012). She was twice nominated by the Student Alumni Connection for their Master Teacher Award (2014, 2017).  Upon her retirement in the spring of 2018, BGSU granted her the status of Emerita Senior Lecturer. She is a member of the AAUP, the CCCC’s, and a lifetime member of the MLA.

Book: Patrick J. Slattery and Susan R. Carlton, Reading, Thinking, and Writing with Sources.  Macmillan, 1993.

Selected Presentations

“Deliberative Research on Campus Issues in the First-Year Writing Classroom” presented with one of my students from spring semester 2017 as part of the session “The Art of Service Learning: Creative Models in Course Design.” Ohio Campus Compact Conference, Ohio State University, Aug. 2017.

“Transdisciplinarity as an Extension of WAC/WID.”  Session: “Speaking and Writing Across Difference.” 13th International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference, University of Michigan, June 2016.

“Looking-Glass Selves in Advertising: Analyzing Media Constructions of Identity.” Panel: “Specialized Approaches to Teaching Composition.” College English Association of Ohio, University of Toledo, Apr. 2015.

“Partnering Purposefully: Advocacy in the First-Year Writing Course.” Panel: “Beyond the Classroom:  Faculty, Students, and Community Organizations Connecting via Writing.” North Carolina Symposium on Teaching Writing, North Carolina State University, Feb. 2013.   

“Speaking with Silent Witnesses against Domestic Violence: Contesting Rhetorical Agency in the First-Year Composition Class.” Session: “Making Space for Service-Learning Projects within a Portfolio-Based Writing Program.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Atlanta, Apr. 2011

“Balancing Acts for Junior Faculty: Cross-Pollination and the Power of Positive Peer Pressure.” The 2nd Annual International Conference on Faculty Learning Communities, Miami University, Oxford OH, June 2004.

Bruce Edwards, Ph.D. (University of Texas at Austin)


Associate Vice President for Academic Technology and E-Learning
Professor Emeritus of English and Africana Studies

Areas of Specialization

C. S. Lewis and the Inklings. Communications theory; nonfiction prose; rhetorical theory; interdisciplinary studies; linguistics; writing pedagogy; religion and literature; literary and critical theory; Southern U. S. Literature; Distance Education; African Literature.

Select Publications

  • The C.S. Lewis Bible. Editorial Board. (HarperOne, 2010).
  • Not a Tame Lion: The Spiritual World of Narnia. (TRANS. Korean, 2008).
  • A Rhetoric of Reading: C.S. Lewis's Defense of Western Literacy. (TRANS. Japanese, 2008).
  • C.S. Lewis: Life, Works, Legacy. (Westport, CT: Prager, 2007).
  • Not a Tame Lion: The Spiritual World of Narnia (Tyndale, 2005).
  • Further up and Further In: Understanding C.S. Lewis's The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. (Broadman and Holman, 2005). 
  • The C. S. Lewis Readers Encyclopedia. Editorial Board. (Zondervan, 1998). Wrote/co-wrote 35 entries.
  • Searching for Great Ideas: Conversations Between Past and Present. (Harcourt, 1997).2nd Edition. With Thomas Klein and Thomas Wymer.
  • The Taste of the Pineapple: Essays on C. S. Lewis as Critic, Reader, and Imaginative Writer (Bowling Green: The Popular Press, 1988).
  • Processing Words: Writing and Revising with a Microcomputer (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1987).
  • A Rhetoric of Reading: C. S. Lewis's Defense of Western Literacy (Provo: BYU Press, 1986).
  • Roughdrafts: The Process of Writing. With Alice Heim Calderonello (Boston: Houghton-Mifflin Co., 1986).
  • The Tagmemic Contribution to Composition Teaching (Manhattan, KS: Kansas State University Monograph Series, 1979).

Select Grants

  • Fulbright-Hays Grant, U.S. Department of Education, Facilitating Educational Exchange with Tanzania, 2005, $66,000.
  • MEPI Grant, U.S. State Department, Democratic Journalism in Tunisia, 2005-06, $108,000.

Classes Taught

English 5820: Computer-Assisted Composition Instruction; English 6040: Nonfiction Writing for Publication; English 6200: The Teaching of Writing, ACS/English 675: Seminars in American Culture Studies: Belief and Unbelief in American Fiction; Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism in American Culture, English 724: The Rhetoric of Written Discourse; English 7260: Research in Composition; English 729: Research and Publishing in Rhetoric and Writing; English 7740: Modern Southern U.S. Women Writers; English 7800: Tagmemic Discourse Theory

Richard Gebhardt, Ph.D. (Michigan State University)


Professor Emeritus of English

Areas of Specialization

Teaching writing, the nature and evaluation of scholarship in composition studies, writing and department administration, writing across the university.

Select Publications

  • "Process and Intention: A Thirtieth-Year Reflection" The Writing Instructor (2011).
  • The Changing of Knowledge in Composition: Contemporary Perspectives, coedited with Lance Massey. Utah State University Press (2011).
  • “Scholarship of Engagement: New Name for or Challenge to The Work of Rhetoric,” in The Responsibilities of Rhetoric (2009).
  • “The Importance of Untenured Writing Administrators to Composition and to English Studies,” in Untenured Faculty as Writing Program Administrators: Institutional Practices and Politics (2007).
  • “Field Fragmentation and Non-Major Literature Courses” CEA Forum (2007).  
  • "Scholarship of Teaching and Administration: An Elusive Goal for English Studies," in Teaching, Scholarship, and Service in the Twenty-First Century English Department (2004).
  • "Reviewing and Refocusing Doctoral Education In Composition Studies" JAC (2002).
  • "Argument As Common Ground for Literature and Composition" CEA Forum (2002).
  • "Toward Understanding and Cooperation Among Teachers of Writing Teachers," Foreword to Teaching Writing Teachers of High School English and First-Year Composition (2002).
  • Afterword to the reprint of "Balancing Theory with Practice in the Training of Writing Teachers," On Writing Research: The Braddock Essays, 1975-1998 (1999).
  • Academic Advancement in Composition Studies: Scholarship, Publication, Promotion, Tenure, edited with Barbara Genelle Smith Gebhardt (1997).
  • "Refereed Publication in Composition Studies and CCC," Rhetoric Review (1995).
  • "Expanding the Criteria for Evaluating Scholarship," The Politics and Processes of Scholarship (1995).
  • "Scholarship, Promotion, and Tenure in Composition Studies," Rhetoric, Cultural Studies and Literacy (1995).

Classes Taught

ENG 7290: Scholarly Publishing; ENG 6200: Teaching of Writing; ENG 4840: Teaching Writing; ENG 1500: Response to Literature; and ENG 7800 “Special Topics”--on the topics of "Writing Administration," “Advanced Writing Pedagogy,” "Writing Across the University," "Connections in ENG Studies," and "Writing and Teaching in the Disciplines.”

Professional Leadership and Awards

Editor of College Composition and Communication from 1987-1993. Former Director of the NCTE Commission on Composition. John Gerber 20th Century Leadership Award (2000) recognizing "major contributions to CCCC and its objectives" through teaching and mentoring of researchers, teachers, and administrators, and "exemplary leadership during the first fifty years" of the Conference on College Composition and Communication. Richard Braddock Award (1978) for the outstanding article on rhetoric and composition in any 1977 publication of the National Council of Teachers of English.

Gary Heba, Ph.D. (Purdue University)

Gary Heba

Professor Emeritus of English

Area of Specialization: Scientific and Technical Communication, Rhetoric and Writing

Research Interests: Visual Rhetoric, Multimedia, Web Design, Scientific Communication, International Communication, Cultural Studies

Select Publications

"A Walking Tour Through Spatial Web Design." Proceedings of the 48th Annual Society for Technical Communication Conference. Arlington: Society for Technical Communication, 2001.

"Writing About Science For General Audiences." Proceedings of the 47th Annual Society for Technical Communication Conference. Arlington: Society for Technical Communication, 2000.

Editor. Technical Communication, Special Research Issue. Winter, 1999.

"Digital Architectures: A Rhetoric of Electronic Document Structure." IEEE Transactions on Communication. 1997.

"HyperRhetoric: Multimedia and the Future of Composition." Computers and Composition. 1997.

Courses Taught

Visual Rhetoric and Writing
The Rhetoric and Writing of Science
Research and Resources in Scientific and Technical Communication
Technical Communication
Technical Editing
Advanced Technical Communication

Degrees and Institutions

Ph.D. English, Purdue University, 1992
M.A. English Literature, Cleveland State University, 1986
B.A. English Literature, Cleveland State University, 1979