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Wendy Sharer
Associate Professor

Office: Bate 2206
Phone: 252-328-6698

Wendy Sharer is Director of First-Year Writing and has research interests in composition pedagogy, the histories of rhetoric and composition, and visual rhetoric. Her work on the rhetorical practices of 20th Century women's political organizations has been published as the book Vote and Voice: Women's Organizations and Political Literacy, 1915-1930 (Southern Illinois, 2004). In addition, she has co-edited Rhetorical Education in America (Alabama, 2004), a collection of essays by noted scholars and teachers of rhetoric in American higher education. Her scholarship has also appeared in the journals Rhetoric Society Quarterly and Rhetoric Review and in the anthologies Rhetorical Bodies (Wisconsin 1999) and Professing Rhetoric (Erlbaum, 2002). Currently, she is researching the teaching of writing in the camps of the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930s and the life of Julia Grace Wales, an early 20th Century educator and peace activist.

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

Primary Areas of Research/Teaching
Composition Theory and Pedagogy
History of Rhetoric and Composition
Activist Rhetorics

Courses Taught
7665: Special Topics in Rhetoric and Composition
7630: Cultural Rhetoric and Writing
7615: Rhetorical Theory
6625: Teaching Composition, Theory and Practice
6630: Studies in the Process of Composition
3810: Advanced Composition
2730: Functional Grammar
1200: Composition
1100: Composition

Selected Publications and Presentations
1977: A Cultural Moment in Composition (forthcoming from Parlor Press, 2007), co-authored with Brent Henze and Jack Selzer

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

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

E-mail & Website Links
Rhetoric & Composition Program
First Year Writing