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


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.

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

For a more complete list, please visit Dr. Edwards' home page.

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.