Educational Background

Ph.D., English, Michigan State University

B.A., English, cum laude, Boston University


Professional Experience

Professor emerita of Writing & Rhetoric/Linguistics, 2017-

Professor of Writing & Rhetoric and Linguistics, 1994-2016

Oakland University, Rochester, MI

Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Linguistics, 1986‑1994

Oakland University, Rochester, MI

Assistant Professor of Rhetoric, 1982‑1986

Oakland University, Rochester, MI

Assistant Professor of English, 1977‑1982

Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Courses taught in Writing and Rhetoric:  Developmental Composition, First Year Composition, Intermediate Composition, Advanced Composition, Composition for Students of English as a Second Language, College Reading, Peer Tutoring in Composition, Business Writing (traditional and fully online).

Courses taught in Linguistics:  Introductory Linguistics for majors and non‑majors, Language Development in Children, Psycholinguistics, Teaching English as a Second Language, Topics in Applied Linguistics, Linguistics and Reading, Introduction to the Development of the English Language, Sociolinguistics.

Courses taught for the Honors College:  Literacy Revolution (2007); Language of Cities (2008); I-Brain:  Your Brain and Language (2009), The Reading Crisis (2011), Reading and Writing in Society (2012), History of Literacy (2012).


Research and Publications

  1. Dissertation

“A Study of the Effect of Redundancy on Comprehensibility.”  Diss.  Michigan State U, 1977.

2. Books

What is College Reading?  Edited collection with Cynthia Haller and Deborah Gollnitz.

13 chapters in press for volume forthcoming from ATD Books and WAC Clearinghouse.  Michael Pemberton, series editor.

Redefining Literacy Standards:  Essays on Assessment, Inclusion, Pedagogy and Civic

            Engagement. New York:  Peter Lang, in press. (Co-edited with Ronald Sudol).

Reconnecting Reading and Writing. Reference Guides to Rhetoric and

Composition series, ed. Charles Bazerman.   Anderson:  Parlor P, 2013.  (Co-edited with Elizabeth Kraemer).

Reading, Writing and Digitizing:  Understanding Literacy in the Electronic Age.

Newcastle upon Tyne, England:  Cambridge Scholars, 2012.


Untenured Faculty as Writing Program Administrators:  Institutional Practices and

Politics.  Lauer Series in Rhetoric and Composition, ed. Catherine Hobbs and Patricia Sullivan.  West Lafayette:  Parlor P, 2007.  (Co-edited with Debra Dew, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs).


Revision:  History, Theory and Practice.  Reference Guides to Rhetoric and

Composition series, ed. Charles Bazerman.  West Lafayette:  Parlor P, 2006.  (Co-edited with Anne Becker, Oakland University).


Revision Revisited.  Cresskill:  Hampton P, 2002.


The Literacy Connection.  Cresskill:  Hampton P, 1999.  (Co-edited with Ronald Sudol).


Understanding Literacy:  Personality Preference in Rhetorical and Psycholinguistic

            Contexts.  Cresskill:  Hampton P, 1997. (Co-edited with Ronald Sudol).


The Psycholinguistics of Readable Writing:  A Multidisciplinary Exploration.  Norwood:

Ablex, 1993.


Teaching Writing as a Second Language.  Carbondale:  Southern Illinois UP, 1987.



  1. Articles, Book Chapters, Book Reviews


“Enhancing the Framework for Success:  Adding Experiences in Critical Reading.”

Applications of the Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing:  Scholarship, Theories and Practices. Ed. Sherry Rankins-Robertson, Nicholas Behm and Duane Roen.  Anderson:  Parlor Press, 2017.  54-68.


“Print Exposure Is NOT Enough:  Library Connections for an Evidence-Based Approach

Critical Reading.”  Reader.  In press, 2017.


“Neuroscience of Reading:  Developing Expertise in Reading and Writing.”

Contemporary Perspectives on Cognition and Writing.  Ed.  Patricia Portanova, Michael Rifenburg, and Duane Roen.  Fort Collins:  WAC Clearinghouse.  In press, 2017.


“A Focus on Reading as an Essential Component of the Next Statement.”

 Labored: The State(ment) and Future of Work in Composition. Ed. Randall McClure, Dayna V. Goldstein, and Michael A. Pemberton. Anderson, SC:  Parlor Press, 2017. 207-224.

“Reading:  Securing Its Place in the Writing Center.”  Writing Lab Newsletter

          41.7-8 (2017):  2-8.

“Contingent Labor and the Impact on Teaching:  Thoughts about the Indianapolis

Resolution.”  Literacy in Composition Studies 4.1 (2016):  73-76.  Web.



“Rethinking AP English.”  Journal of Teaching Writing 31.1 (2016):  27-60.


“Critical Reading and Thinking:  A How-To-Do-It Guide to Savvy Reading.”  Grizz

Writes, ed. Lori Ostergaard.  Southlake:  Fountainhead P, 2013. 53-64.  Reprinted, 2015.


Review of Processing Perspectives on Task Performances ed. Peter Skehan

(Philadelphia:  John Benjamins, 2014).  Modern Language Journal 99 (Fall, 2015):  612-14.  Doi:  10.111/modl.12254


Plus more than fifty other articles on psycholinguistics, literacy, teaching, composing processes, and other topics.


  1. Conference Presentations


“Cultivating Critical Reading Practices in Writing Courses.”  Panel presentation with Ellen and David Carillo, New England Conference on College Composition and Communication, Boston, MA, May 25, 2017.


“What a Difference a Teacher Can Make:  Critical Reading in Every Class.”  Workshop presentation at the University of Windsor/Oakland University Teaching Conference, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, May 3, 2017.


“Cultivating Reading Online and Off:  A Key to Digital Literacy.”  Paper presented at the Conference on College Composition and Communication national conference, Portland, Oregon, March 16, 2017.


“Reading for Writing in a Translingual World:  Students and Their Future.”  Paper presented at Wayne State University Teaching of Writing Conference, Detroit, MI, September 10, 2016.  Also presented at the Michigan Academy, Writing and Rhetoric section, Kalamazoo, MI, March 10, 2017.


“Program Development from a Renewed Perspective:  Reading Across the Curriculum.” Full day institute presented at the Council of Writing Program Administrators national conference, Raleigh, NC, July 14, 2016.  Co-presented with Chris Anson and Cynthia Haller.


“A Two-for-One Special:  Improving Peer Review by Improving Reading.”  Paper presented at the Council of Writing Program Administrators national conference, Raleigh, NC, July 15, 2016.


“The Challenge of Diversity:  Lessons of History.”  Paper presented at International Writing Across the Curriculum conference, Ann Arbor, MI, June 25, 2016.


“Taste Testing from the Internet Firehose:  Digital Reading in College and Beyond.”  Paper presented at the HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) Conference, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, May 29, 2015.


“Transfer of a Different Kind:  Matching Academic Success with Developmental Reading and Writing.”  Paper presented at the OU/University of Windsor Teaching and Learning Conference, University of Windsor, May 14, 2015.


“Reading and Writing:  Modern and Contemporary.”  Paper presented at the Rhetoric and Composition section of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters, Berrien Springs, MI, March 13, 2015.


“Improving Digital Reading:  A Key to Student Success.”  Paper presented at the Student Success Conference, Troy, MI, February 13, 2015.


“Message in a Bottle: What Writers Can Learn from Expert Readers.” Paper presented at Writing Research Across Borders III, Paris, February, 2014.  Co-authored with Norbert Elliot of the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Cynthia Haller of City University of New York (York College).


In addition, more than fifty presentations at local, national and international conferences on literacy, psycholinguistics, teaching and related topics.



  1. Other Oral Presentations


“Reading NOW: Adapting Offline Strategies to Improve Students’ Reading Online.”  Webinar for the Global Society for Online Literacy Education, co-presented with Ellen Carillo.  Online, Feb. 27, 2017.


“Reading Across the Curriculum” podcast interview recorded April 26, 2010 in the Teaching, Learning and Everything Else series at Xavier University, New Orleans, LA.  Available at http://cat.xula.edu/food/conversation-12/



  1. Work in Progress


Literacy Then and Now.  Book under contract with Peter Lang Publishing Company in New York.  Manuscript in preparation.

Talking Back: Senior Scholars Deliberate the Past, Present, and Future of Writing Studies.  Co-edited collection with Norbert Elliot.  Book under contract with Utah State UP.


“Message in a Bottle:  What Writers Can Learn about Reading from Expert Readers.”  In revision to resubmit to Composition Forum.


“Paying Attention to Critical Reading.”  Review of three books for WPA: Writing Program Administration.  Book review editor:  Norbert Elliot.  In press for Fall, 2017 issue of journal.


“What Makes a Reading Winner?  Case Studies of Twelve College Readers.”  Research study in progress.


“Meta-Readers:  How Expert Readers Read Informational Text.”  Article in preparation.

“Transfer of a Different Kind:  A Study of Developmental Reading, Writing and Academic Success.”  Article in preparation.  Co-authored with Reuben Ternes.



Grants, Awards, Honors, Professional Development


Literacy:  Enhancing Reading through Community Partnership.  $1275. for expenses related to Literacy theme project with the Pontiac Public Library, September/October 2015.


Online Quality Teaching Certification Course member, July/August, 2015.  $1000. stipend awarded for successful course completion.  Nic Bongers, instructor.


Member, Faculty Learning Community on Digital Humanities.  $150. Awarded for HASTAC Conference registration, May, 2015.



Dissertations, Theses and Projects Supervised


Jennifer Balint, Honors College thesis.  December, 2014.


Cathy Shafran, M.A. in Linguistics, Winter, 2010.  (LIN 680 second reader)


Deborah-Lee Gollnitz, Ph.D. in Educational Leadership.  Spring 2009-Oct. 2010.  (dissertation and qualifying exam committee member)


Anita Essenburg, M.A. in Linguistics, Winter, 2004. (LIN 680 project director)





Consultant on reading/workshop presenter, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Charlotte, NC, January 12-13, 2017.


Rhetorical analysis consultant on legal case for Bruce Miller, Attorney, Miller Cohen, Detroit, MI, Spring, 2015.


Consultant on reading for Traverse City Intermediate School District, Traverse City, MI, April, 2014.


Consultant on reading for Kentucky Christian University, Grayson, KY, April, 2014.


Consultant on reading for Augustana College, Moline, IL, January, 2014.


Consultant on reading for Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi, TX, August, 2012.


Consultant on reading for Salem State University, Salem, MA, May, 2012.


Consultant on reading for Xavier University, New Orleans, LA, February, 2011.


Consultant on reading for Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY, October, 2010.


Consultant on reading for Quality Improvement Plan, Kentucky Christian University, Grayson, Kentucky, July, 2010.  Repeat visit 2013.


Consultant on reading for Quality Improvement Plan for Gulf Coast Community College, Panama City, Florida, August, 2009.


Literacy Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill, National Council of Teachers of English, Washington, DC, April 23, 2009.  Met with legislators on pending literacy legislation and National Day of Writing plan.


Faculty Consultant, Educational Testing Service.  Reader for the Advanced Placement examination in English Language and Composition, Daytona Beach, FL & Louisville, KY. June 2002, 2004-2007, 2009-2010.  Table leader, 2011-13.


Managing editor, WPA: Writing Program Administration, journal of the Council of Writing Program Administrators, 2009-2014.


Arts and Humanities Editor, Michigan Academician, quarterly journal of the Michigan Academy of Arts and Sciences.  Brian Bodenbender, Hope College, Holland, MI, senior editor.  January, 2008-.





National Council of Teachers of English

Conference on College Composition and Communication

American Association for Applied Linguistics

Council of Writing Program Administrators

Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters



Administrative Responsibilities


Executive Board and Research Committee member, Global Society for Online Literacy Educators (GSOLE).  Beth Hewett, president.  Three year term beginning Spring, 2016.


Director of Rhetoric Program, Department of Rhetoric, Communication and Journalism, Oakland University, 1998-2008.  Program website:  www2.oakland.edu/wrt/