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Meet the Faculty

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Heather Thomson-Bunn

Assistant Professor of English
Director of First-Year Writing Program

Division: Humanities/Teacher Education Division
Office: Cultural Arts Center (CAC) 108
Phone: 310-506-4172
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


  • First-Year Composition
  • Advanced Composition
  • Language Theory
  • Professional Writing
  • Rhetorical Theory
  • Creative Writing

Key Awards/Affiliations:

  • Council of Writing Program Administrators
  • 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:

  • "Student Perspectives on Faith in the Classroom: Religious Discourses and Rhetorical Possibilities." Pedagogy (forthcoming 2017).
  • "Mediating Discursive Worlds: When Academic Norms and Religious Belief Conflict." College English (forthcoming 2016).
  • "Critical Reflection and Qualitative Data: A Hybrid Methodology for Studying Religious Rhetorics." In Mapping Christian Rhetorics (Routledge Press, 2014).
  • "Are They Empowered Yet?: Opening Up Definitions of Critical Pedagogy." Composition Forum (Spring 2014).
  • "A Review of Discourse Analysis in Literacy Research: Equitable Access." Reading Research Quarterly (2010).