Stephen Whitley

Interim Director-Writing Center

Department of Literature and Languages

Texas A&M University- Commerce


Ph.D Rhetoric and Composition, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Expected May 2014

MA English, Southern Methodist University, 2005

BA English, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 1993

Areas of Teaching and Research Interest:

Literacy Studies, First-Year Writing Studies, Pedagogy

Academic Positions

Director-Writing Center.  Texas A&M University-Commerce (June 2012-Present)

            Hire, train and manage staff of 12 tutors and one Assistant Director

Develop and manage budget

Created SACS requirements for Writing Center

Taught English 100, 110, and 1301 classes

Assistant Director-Writing Center. Texas A&M University-Commerce (January 2011- May 2012)

            Managed day to day operations of the Writing Center

Scheduled tutors

Trained tutors

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Texas A&M University-Commerce.  (2010-present)

 Classes Taught:

English 110- Intro College Reading and Writing, Spring 2012, Fall 2011, Spring 2011

English 100- Developmental Writing, Spring 2012, Fall 2011, Spring 2011

English 1302- Written Argument/Research/Ethnographic Research, Fall 2010

English 1301, Written Argument and Communication, Spring 1996, Fall 1995, Summer 1995, Spring 1995, Fall 1994

English 1302, Principles of Argument, Spring 1996, Spring 1995

Editorial Assistant, Arthuriana, Southern Methodist University.  (2002-2005)

Conducted initial readings of submissions

Proofread galleys of journal

Organized layout of journal in Adobe Publisher

Instructor of English, Texas A&M University-Commerce.  (1994-1996)

English 1301, Written Argument and Communication

English 1302, Principles of Argument


“Dual Credit Paradox: How Dual Credit Problematizes First Year Writing,” presented at 64th Annual Convention of the Conference on College Composition and Communications, Las Vegas, NV, March 13, 2013.

“AVID in the Classroom:  How Students Negotiate Class and Power in First Year Writing,” presented at 9th Biennial Thomas R. Watson Conference in Rhetoric and Composition, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, October 18, 2012.

“Selling Dominion:  Post Colonial Theory and the Rhetoric of Capitalism,” presented at 20th Annual EGAD Conference, Texas A&M University, Commerce, TX, April 13, 2012.

“Sundown Towns: The Living Rhetoric of Jim Crow,” presented at 9th Annual Pathways Student Research Symposium, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, November 11, 2011.

“Marriage Marketplace: Marx’s Theories of Use and Exchange Value in Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park and Emma,” presented at the South Central Modern Language convention, in Hot Springs, AR, October 27, 2011.

“Literacy as Commodity in First Year Writing,” presented at Writing Democracy: A Rhetoric of (T)here, March 10, 2011.


“So She Became a Woman: Marriage Contracts in Their Eyes Were Watching God.”  Critical Insights: Zora Neale Hurston book project (awaiting acceptance)

Service to University

Texas A&M University- Commerce

Scientific Writing and Presentation Workshop, National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates Program, June 28, 2012.

Reader and Judge, Freshman Success Seminar Essay Competition. Fall 2011 and 2012.


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