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Humanities & Teacher Education

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Heather Thomson-Bunn
Assistant Professor of English
Director of First-Year English Program

Division: Humanities/Teacher Education Division
Office: Cultural Arts Center (CAC) 108
Phone: 310-506-7553
Fax: 310-506-7307
E-mail: heather.thomson-bunn@pepperdine.edu

  • Ph.D., English and Education, University of Michigan, 2009
  • M.F.A., Creative Writing, University of Pittsburgh, 2003
  • B.A., English, Indiana University, 2000
Key Awards/Affiliations:
  • Modern Language Association
  • Conference on College Composition and Communication
  • National Council of Teachers of English
Academic Interests:
  • Composition and Rhetoric
  • Creative Writing
  • Language and Gender
  • Religion and Higher Education
Selected Works:
  • "Rethinking Christianity: Problematizing the Language We Use to Argue about Faith." Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2010.
  • "A Review of Discourse Analysis in Literacy Research: Equitable Access." Reading Research Quarterly 45.1 (2010).
  • "When God's Word Isn't Good Enough: Addressing the Tensions between Academic Norms and Christian Discourses in the Composition Classroom." Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2009.
  • "'Are You There, God? It's Me, a Writing Student': Religious Identity in the Writing Classroom." Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2008.
  • "Locating Authority: A Cross-Disciplinary Conversation on Feminist Pedagogy." National Women's Studies Association Conference, 2006.
  • "Making Authority Visible: Re-Centering the Student in the Composition Classroom." Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2006.
  • "Discussing Bodies Within and Beyond the Classroom: How Writers Negotiate Issues of Audience, Purpose, and Identity." Michigan Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters Conference, 2006.
  • "Bursting the Classroom Bubble: Teaching for Change in the 'Real' World." Eighth Annual Women's Conference, University of Pittsburgh, 2003.