Composition and TESOL Faculty and Staff

  • Our program’s 12 faculty members are teacher-scholars in the true sense of the term. They teach introductory undergraduate as well as graduate courses. They publish books with presses whose titles are used in graduate programs across the country: Heinemann Boynton/Cook, Cambridge University Press, the National Council of Teachers of English, Hampton Press, TESOL Publications, and the University of Michigan Press, to name a few.

    Our faculty members’ articles have appeared in in journals such as College Composition and Communication, Computers and Composition, English Journal, English Teaching Forum, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Journal of Reading, The Language Teacher, PRE/TEXT, Research in the Teaching of English, TESOL Journal, TESOL Quarterly, and The Writing Instructor.

    Look for them at conferences such as the American Association of Applied Linguistics, the National Council of Teachers of English, the College Language Association, the Conference on College Composition and Communication, the Linguistics Society of America, the International Writing Centers Association, and the annual TESOL Convention.  

    Usree Bhattacharya

    Research Interests

    • Discourse, Globalization, Indian Education, Language Ideology, Language Policy, Literacy, Multilingualism, TESOL  

    Publications Appearing in

    • Current Issues in Language Planning
    • Berkeley Review of Education

    Patrick Bizzaro

    Research Interests

    • Poetry Writing, Critical Studies of Poetry and Fiction, the Pedagogy of Academic Creative riting

    Publications Appearing in

    • College Composition and Communication
    • College English

    Honors

    • North Carolina Board of Governors Distinguished Professor Teaching Award, Vice-Chancellor’s Scholar/Teacher Award, Greenville Times Most Outstanding Professor, and other awards
    • Recipient of grants from Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education and other awards
    • Program development at community colleges and universities, including basic writing programs, writing centers, and WAC programs

    Resa Crane Bizzaro

    Research Interests

    • Indigenous Rhetorics, Multicultural Rhetorics, Native American Literature and Culture, Appalachian Literature and Culture, Feminist Theories, Composition Theories and Practices, International Literacies

    Publications Appearing in

    • College Composition and Communication
    • College English

    Honors

    • Chair of the CCCC American Indian Caucus
    • Cochair of Blankets for the Elders to benefit the residents of Pine Ridge Reservation
    • Featured speaker at the seventh Biennial Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference, the Thomas R. Watson Conference, and CCCC

    Sharon Deckert

    Research Interests

    • Identity Construction, Power, and the Multilingual Writer

    Publications Appearing in

    • Critical Inquiry in Language Studies
    • Sociolinguistic Studies
    • Journal of Language, Identity, and Education

    Honors

    • Director of Graduate Studies in Composition and TESOL

    David Hanauer

    Research Interests

    • Academic literacy Across Disciplines, Poetry Reading and Writing in L1 and L2, Assessment in the Sciences, the Processes of Scientific Inquiry, Scientific Writing in L1 and L2

    Publications Appearing in

    • TESOL Quarterly
    • Journal of Applied Linguistics
    • Discourse Analysis
    • Research in the Teaching of English
    • Poetics Today
    • Cognitive Linguistics
    • Teaching and Teacher Education

    Honors

    • Recipient of five-year grant from the National Science Foundation and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute for research into relationships between literacy, science, biology, and microbiology

    Claude Mark Hurlbert

    Research Interests

    • Rhetorical Traditions, Theories of Composition, Teaching Writing, Advanced Seminar in Literacy, Research Methodology in Rhetoric and Linguistics, Theories of Literacy, Reading Theory and the College English Teacher, Language and Social Context

    Publications Appearing in

    • Works and Days
    • Pre/Text
    • Composition Studies
    • Journal of Advanced Composition
    • English Leadership Quarterly
    • The Writing Instructor

    Honors

    • Named to Princeton Review's “300 Best Professors” (2011, 2012)

    Gian Pagnucci

    Research Interests

    • Narrative Theory and Research, Technology and Literacy, Comic Books and Graphic Novels, Technical Writing, Composition Pedagogy, and Teacher Collaboration

    Publications Appearing in

    • Computers and Composition
    • Theory Into Practice
    • Works and Days
    • English Journal
    • New Growth Arts Review
    • Acorn

    Honors

    • Named IUP Distinguished University Professor in 2009
    • Recipient of the 2008 Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology, 19th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning 

      Gloria Park

      Research Interests

      • Applied Linguistics, Teacher Education, Second Language Literacy, TESOL pedagogy

      Publications Appearing in

      • ELT Journal
      •  International Journal of Innovation in English Language Teaching and Research
      • TESOL Quarterly

      Curt Porter

      Research Interests

      • Language Pedagogy, Critical Pedagogy, Cultural Studies, Curriculum Theory, Educational Philosophy

      Publications Appearing in

      • Journal of Language, Identity, and Education

      Honors

      • Recipient of more than $10,000 in grants from the University Senate Research Committee, Research Initiative Fund, and President’s Research Fund.

      Ben Rafoth

      Research Interests

      • Composition Theory and Pedagogy, Writing Centers, Research Methods

      Publications Appearing in

      • Journal of College Reading and Learning
      • Writing Program Administration
      • Journal of Teaching Writing
      • Research in the Teaching of English

      Honors

      • Ron Maxwell Award for Distinguished Leadership, International Writing Centers Association
      • Book of the Year Award with Shanti Bruce for ESL Writers: A Guide for Writing Center Tutors, International Writing Centers Association. Second edition published February 2009.

      Lilia Savova

      Research Interests

      • Teacher Education, Methodology, Second Language Teaching, Linguistics, Instructional Design, Technology

      Publications Appearing in

      • TESOL Journal

      Honors

      • Past chair for TESOL Teacher Education Interest Section; past president; Three Rivers TESOL; as well as past IUP MATESOL program coordinator

      Michael M. Williamson

      Research Interests

      • Writing assessment, Technology and Literacy, Research Methodology, and Historical Research

      Publications Appearing in

      • Journal of Writing Assessment

      Honors

      • Featured presenter at the 2008 Conference on College Composition and Communication
      • Chair of Assessment Committee for the Conference on College Composition and Communication