Wendy Sharer

Title: Professor
Office: Joyner Library 1009B
Phone: 252.328.6698
E-Mail: sharerw@ecu.edu


Wendy Sharer is currently Director of the Quality Enhancement Plan, “Write Where You Belong.” Previously, she was Director of Writing Foundations for six years. Her interests include composition pedagogy, writing program administration, feminist theory, and the history of rhetoric and composition. She has served as President of the Carolinas Writing Program Administrators organization and is currently a member of Executive Committees of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) and the Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition (CWSHRC). Additionally, she is a member of the editorial board of the journals WPA: Writing Program Administration and Peitho (the journal of CWSHRC). Her current long-term research project is a study of writing instruction in the camps of the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930s.


B.A. Hamilton College
M.A. Syracuse University
Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University

Research Interests

Composition Theory and Pedagogy
History of Rhetoric and Composition
Activist Rhetorics

Courses Taught

ENGL 8615: History and Theory of Rhetoric I
ENGL 8615: Seminar in Rhetorical Theory
ENGL 7665: Special Topics in Rhetoric and Composition
ENGL 7630: Cultural Rhetoric and Writing
ENGL 7615: Rhetorical Theory
ENGL 6625: Teaching Composition, Theory and Practice
ENGL 6630: Studies in the Process of Composition
ENGL 3835: Persuasive Writing
ENGL 3810: Advanced Composition
ENGL 2830: Writing and Style
ENGL 2201: Writing about the Disciplines 
ENGL 1100: Foundations of College Writing 

Selected Publications and Presentations

Working in the Archives: Practical Research Methods for Rhetoric and Composition (Southern Illinois UP 2009), co-edited with Alexis Ramsey, Barbara L'Eplattenier.

1977: A Cultural Moment in Composition (Parlor Mastrangelo, 2008), co-written with Brent P and Jack Henze.

Reclaiming Accountability: Using the Work of Re/Accreditation and Large-Scale Assessment to Improve Writing Instruction and Writing Programs (Utah State UP, 2016), co-edited with Will Banks, Michelle Selzer, and Tracy Morse.

Vote and Voice: Women's Organizations and Political Literacy, 1915-1930 (Southern Illinois UP, 2004)

Rhetorical Education in America (U of Alabama Press, 2004), co-edited with Cheryl Glenn and Margaret Lyday

Website Links

Rhetoric & Composition Program
Quality Enhancement Plan