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Heather Thomson-Bunn

Assistant Professor of English
Director of First-Year Writing Program
Humanities/Teacher Education Division, Seaver College
CAC 108

Education

  • PhD, English and Education, University of Michigan, 2009
  • MFA, Creative Writing, University of Pittsburgh, 2003
  • BA, English, Indiana University, 2000
  • "Student Perspectives on Faith in the Classroom: Religious Discourses and Rhetorical Possibilities." Pedagogy (2017).
  • "Mediating Discursive Worlds: When Academic Norms and Religious Belief Conflict." College English (2017).
  • "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).
  • Council of Writing Program Administrators
  • Modern Language Association
  • Conference on College Composition and Communication
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • "A Muslim, a Jew, and an Atheist Walk into a Christian University...: Religious Institutions as Sites of Rhetorical Possibility" Rhetoric & Religion in the 21st Century, Knoxville, TN, October 2018
  • "'He Who Keeps Them Awake': A Native American Rhetor Addresses the Composition Classroom" Conference on College Composition and Communication, Houston, TX, April 2016
  • "Sustaining WAC/WID through Interdisciplinary Assessment," Council of Writing Program Administrators, Boise, ID, July 2015
  • "'Bad' English: Moving Past the (Mythical) Standard to Acknowledge Linguistic Diversity." Christians on Diversity in the Academy, Azusa, CA, March 2014
  • "Critical Reflection and Qualitative Data: A Hybrid Methodology for Studying Religious Rhetorics," Conference on College Composition and Communication, Las Vegas, NV, March 2013
  • "A Muslim Student, a Jewish Temple...and an Academic Argument?: Rethinking the Contested Role of Religion in the Composition Classroom." Conference on College Composition and Communication, Atlanta, GA, April 2011
  • "Rethinking Christianity: Problematizing the Language We Use to Argue about Faith," Conference on College Composition and Communication, Louisville, KY, March 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, San Francisco, CA, March 2009
  • "'Are You There, God? It's Me, a Writing Student': Religious Identity in the Writing Classroom" Conference on College Composition and Communication, New Orleans, LA, April 2008
  • "Locating Authority: A Cross-Disciplinary Conversation on Feminist Pedagogy" National Women's Studies Association Conference, Oakland, CA, June 2006
  • "Making Authority Visible: Re-Centering the Student in the Composition Classroom" Conference on College Composition and Communication, Chicago, IL, March 2006

Topics

  • Composition and Rhetoric
  • Creative Writing
  • Language and Gender
  • Religion and Higher Education

Courses

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