where I've been

Anyone with a sense of integrity will acknowledge that a life course reflects constantly varying amounts of good fortune and fortuitous preparation.  I became a professor through a combination happy accidents and personal limitations. I continue because I'm fascinated by how writing works and awestruck by what words do in the world.



Scott  Stevens

     Bellingham, WA 98225


Ph.D. (1996) English, University of Rochester, Roches­ter, NY
Qualifying fields: Composition & Rhetoric, 18th—20th century American Literature
M.A. (1992) English, University of Rochester
B.A.  (1987) English, California State University—Chico

Teaching and Administrative Appointments

Associate Professor, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA 2002-2011
Director of Composition, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA 2003-2006, 09-11
Associate/Assistant Professor, California State University Fresno, Fresno, CA 1996-2002
Director, Writing & Study Center, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY 1992-94
English A Coordinator, California State University Fresno, Fresno, CA 1997-2002

Teaching and Research Interests

Composition Theory & Pedagogy · Genre Theory · Rhetoric of Science · Literacy Studies ·
Cultural Rhetorics · Basic Writing · Digital/Visual Rhetoric · 19th - 20th c. American Literature

Courses Taught

Western Washington University.  2002-2011.   Rank: Associate Professor
English 101, Writing and Critical Inquiry
English 202, Writing about Literature
English 203, Writing in the Context of the Humanities and Social Sciences
English 301, Writing Studies
English 371, Studies in Rhetoric and Rhetorical Analysis
English 400, Independent Study
English 401, Senior Seminar in Rhetoric
English 442, Studies in Literacy and Learning
English 500, Graduate Independent Study (numerous topics)
English 513, Teaching College Composition
English 598, Research in the Teaching of English
Professional Leave, Spring 2006

California State University, Fresno.  1996-2002.  Rank: Assistant/Associate Professor
English A, Fundamental Writing Skills
English 103, Masterpieces of American Literature
English 160W, Writing Workshop
English 164, Advanced Prose Writing
English 270, Writing Workshop for Teachers
English 281, Current Writing Theory
English 282, Pedagogy Practicum
English 290T, Supervised Independent Study
English 291T, Supervised Independent Reading
English 299, Thesis & Thesis Workshop

University of Rochester. 1991-1995.  Rank: Lecturer
English 572, Ph.D. Supervised Teaching Practicum
English 105, Ventures in Comp: Social/Biological Determinants of Behavior (interdisciplinary cluster)
English 104, Fictions and Realities
English 103, Writing and Thinking
English 102, English Language
English 100, Introduction to College Writing

California State University, Chico.  1988-1989.  Rank: Lecturer
English 17, Basic Writing Workshop

Publications and Scholarship

1.     Sustaining Words: Readings in Consumption and Complexity, Responsibility and Renewal.  2e.  New York: Bedford/St.Martin’s, 2010.  (custom text under revision for national release)

2.     “Who Stole Our Subject?”  Forthcoming in Who Speaks for Writing: Stewardship for Writing Studies in the 21st Century. Jennifer Rich and Ethna Lay, eds.  New York: Peter Lang Publishers, 2011.

3.     “Taking Form: How CCCC’s Clusters Gerrymandered Genre.”  Forthcoming in Reader: Essays in Reader-Oriented Theory, Criticism, and Pedagogy.  Patricia Donohue, ed. May 2012.

4.     “Yield: Taking Measure of the Land.”  On 2nd Thought: A Publication of the North Dakota Humanities Council, Summer 10: 14-21. 2010.

5.     “Oh, No, They Can’t Take That Away from Me: Reflections on Academic Freedom and the Status of Composition.”  Culture Shock and the Practice of Profession: Training the Next Wave in Rhetoric and Composition.  Susan Romano and Virginia Anderson, eds. Hampton Press, 2006.

6.     “Nowhere to Go: Basic Writing and the Scapegoating of Civic Failure.”  Journal of Basic Writing, Spring 2002: 1-14.

7.     “Starting Over with Basic Writing.”  Writing Program Administrators Journal, Spring 2002.

8.     “The Better Part of Pedagogy.” Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture (2001): 373-385.

9.     “Serious Work: Students Learning From Students.”  Journal of Advanced Composition 16.2 (1996): 313-324.

10.  “Sowing Community, Reaping Discord, or What Else Did You Expect? Race and the Problem of Consensus.”  Proceedings of the Tenth Annual SUNY Council on Writing Conference.  Batavia, NY: Genesee Community College, 1995.

11.  “Robinson Jeffers: Recovering a Spiritual Legacy.” The Robinson Jeffers Newsletter, No. 72 (March 1988): 23-29.

Conference Papers & Presentations (refereed)

1.     “Developing a Feeling for Words: Restoring the Emotive Force to Rhetoric.  Western States Rhetoric and Literacy Conference.  Las Cruces, NM, October 2010.

2.     “Taking Form: How 4Cs Clusters Gerrymandered Genre.”  Conference on College Composition and Communication.  Louisville, KY.  April 2010.

3.     “Public Intellectuals and the Rhetoric of Belief. “  Western States Rhetoric and Literacy Conference.  Bozeman, MT. October 2008.

4.     “Who Stole Our Subject?”  “Who Owns Writing?” Revisited.  Hofstra Conference on Literacy and Writing.  Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY. October 2008.

5.     “Small Changes: What Genre Studies Teaches Us about How Student Writers Really Develop.”  Conference on College Composition and Communication.  New Orleans, LA.  April 2008.

6.     “Practical Knowledge and Theory Hope: The Absence of Method in English Studies.”  Modern Language Association.  Chicago, IL. December 2007.

7.     “The Peculiar Rhetoric of School Outcomes.”  60th Annual Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association.  Tucson, AZ.  October 2006.

8.     “Right Place, Wrong Time: The Negation of Institutional Research and Reform.”  Writing Research in the Making Conference, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA. February 2005.

9.     “Rummaging through Genre: Literature Study in Nobrow Culture.”  Modern Language Association Convention.  Philadelphia, PA.  December 2004.

10.  “Locating the Matter in Composition: the New Rhetorical Ecology.”  Conference on College Composition and Communication.  San Antonio, TX.  March 2004.

11.  “Rhetorical Ecology in Composition Studies.”  Western States Composition Conference, Seattle, WA.  October 2002.

12.  “Getting Out of the Remediation Business.”  Western States Composition Conference.  Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.  October 2001.

13.  “Recovering the Human Elements of Genre.”  Writing as a Human Activity: an Interdisciplinary Conference.  University of California Santa Barbara.  October 2001.

14.  “Is This What Ethnography Looks Like?”  Pre-convention workshop.  Conference on College Composition and Communication.  Minneapolis, MN.  April, 2000.

15.  “Student Ethnographers: Rewriting Themselves, Their Teachers, and the Academy” (included CSUF graduate student panelists).  Reading Students, Reading Ourselves.  University of New Hampshire Biennial Conference on Composition.  Durham, NH. October, 1999.

16.  “Institutional Discomfort and Fear of Ethnography in the Wrong Place.”  Conference on College Composition and Communication.  Atlanta, GA.  March, 1999.

17.  “Nowhere to Go: Remediation and the Scapegoating of Civic Failure.”  Modern Language Association conference.  San Francisco, CA.  December, 1998.

18.  “Going Public: Ethos, Multiculturalism, and the ‘Net’.”  Rhetoric Society of America: “Rhetoric, the Polis, and the Global Village.”  Pittsburgh, PA.  June 1998.

19.  “Out of Line: Rethinking the Opposition of Business and Teaching in a Post-Fordist Economy.”  Conference on College Composition and Communication.   Phoenix, AZ.  March 1997.

20.  “Downgrading the Rhetoric of Technology: A Critique of the Discourse of Cyberprogress.” The Penn State Conference on Rhetoric and Composition.  State College, PA.  July 1997.

21.  “Where Community Is Possible: Collaborating on the Margins.”  Fourteenth Annual Penn State Conference on Rhetoric and Composition.  Special Topic Session: Gender and Writing.  July 1995.

22.   “Sowing Community, Reaping Discord, or What Else Did You Expect?: Race and the Problem of Consensus.”  Tenth Annual SUNY Council on Writing Conference, April 1995.

23.  “The Exclusion of Race: Individualism and Collaboration in the Composition Classroom.” Conference on College Composition and Communi­cation, Washington, D.C., March 1995.

24.  “Virtual Realities: Computer Networks and Social Space in the Composition Class­room.”  Third Annual Conference on Language and Litera­ture, SUNY Cortland, 1993.

25.  “Teaching in the First Person.” Colloquium on Theory and Interpretation, Uni­versity of Rochester, 1993.

26.  “The Devouring Eye: Politics and the Logic of Naturalism.”  Colloquium on Th­eo­ry and Interpreta­tion, Uni­versity of Rochester, 1991.

Honors & Awards

“Academy Award” for mentoring and reflective teaching, Teaching and Learning Academy, Western Washington University, Spring 2010
Western Washington University Foundation, Alumni gift in my name, Fall 2009
“Academy Award” for entire English 101 program, Teaching and Learning Academy, Western Washington University, Spring 2006
Summer Research Grant, Western Washington University, 2003, 2006
Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Graduate Teaching and Mentoring, California State University, Fresno, 2000
English Graduate Student Teaching Award, University of Rochester, 1995
Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student, University of Rochester, 1993
Rush Rhees Fellow, University of Rochester, 1989-1991
Robinson Jeffers Centennial Essay National Competition, Second Prize, 1987

Invited Lectures & Workshops

1.     Assignments and Alignments: Connecting Upper-Division Writing to First-Year Instruction. Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu, HI. May 12, 2011.

2.     Developing a Vocabulary of Writing Moves.  Yelm High School.  Yelm, WA. February 2011.

3.     College Writing Articulation Workshop.  Yelm High School, Yelm, WA.  February 2010.

4.     College Writing Articulation Workshop.  Sedro Woolley High School.  Sedro Woolley, WA.  April 2006.

5.     Panelist and solo-presenter, Collaborative Academic Preparation Initiative Colloquium.  “Academic Writing and the Philosophy of English A at CSU Fresno.”  September, 2000.

6.     Panelist, CSU Fresno New Faculty Orientation, August 2000.

7.     Featured Speaker, “Teaching the English Language Learner.”  California State University, Fresno Conference for Educators.  February, 1999.

8.     “Genre and the Reconfiguration of College Writing.”  Yosemite Conference, sponsored by the Valley Councils of the California Association of Teachers of English (CATE).  October 1998.
9.     Keynote Address, San Joaquin Valley Writing Project Symposium, “Encouraging Talk about the Teaching of Writing.”  October 1996.

10.     “Teaching Critical Reflection.”  Fresno Unified School District Secondary School In-service Workshop.  January 1997.

11.     CSU English Council Annual Spring Meeting.  Invited session leader: “Assessment in the Liberal Arts.”  April 1998.

12.     “Preparing Your Vita.”  English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) Workshop.  March 1998.

13.     “Graduate School Admissions and the Community College Job Market.”  English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) Workshop.  October 1996.

    University Service

             Western Washington University.  2002-2011
          Director of Composition (2003-2006, 2009-2011)

    Composition Committee Chair, English Department, 2003-2006, 2009-present
    Composition Committee Member, English Department, 2002, 2007
    Lecturer Committee, English Department, 2003-2006
    Advisory Committee, English Department, 2003-2005
    Curriculum Committee, English Department, 2006
    Ad Hoc Assessment Committee (Senior Survey), 2003-04
    Contributor, Student Technology Grant, awarded $50K, April 2004
    Contributor, Student Technology Grant, April 2005

    Committee on Undergraduate Education, 2010-present
    Scholastic Standing Committee, 2009-present
    First-year Experience Committee, 2004-2006
    Admissions Committee, 2003-2006
    Western Reads, 2005, 2009

    State and National
                  College Writing Articulation Workshop.  Yelm High School, Yelm WA.  February 2010
    Washington State HECB Board College Readiness Workgroup, 2004-2006
    College Writing Articulation Workshop, Sedro Woolley High School, April 2006
    Manuscript reviewer for Bedford/St. Martin’s, Cengage/Pearson Education, and W.W. Norton.

            California State University, Fresno.  1996-2002

                   English A Program Coordinator, 1996-2002

    Chair, University Subcommittee on Writing Competency (elected ‘98) CSUF, ’96-‘02
    CSU Fresno W-Course web site development, 2001
    FACTs, Fresno Area Composition Listserv developer, 2001
    University Learning Assistance Subcommittee, CSUF, ‘97-present
    EPT/ELM Task Force (continuing ‘98-‘99 A.Y. on an ad hoc basis), CSUF, ’97
    Chair, English Department Teaching Associate Hiring Committee, CSUF, ‘97-‘99
    English Department Writing Committee, CSUF, ’96-‘02
    English Department Staff Hiring Committee, Spring ‘00
    CSU Institute for Teaching and Learning Conference, “General Education Learning Outcomes,” invited campus participant.  Long Beach, February ‘98
    CETL Student Outcomes Assessment workshop with Mary Senter, Central Michigan.  Attended as department representative, October ‘98
    CSU English Council Annual Spring Meeting.  Invited session leader: “Assessment in the Liberal Arts.”  April ‘98
    CSU English Council — CSUF Dept. Representative, Fall ‘96, Fall ‘97, Spring ‘98, Fall ‘98, Spring ‘99
    Upper Division Writing Exam (UDWE) Session Leader, Summer ‘98, Spring ‘00
    Upper Division Writing Exam (UDWE) Reader, three times 1997-98, twice ‘98-‘99
    Writing Committee, Department of English, University of Rochester, ‘92-‘93
    English Graduate Student Steering Committee, University of Rochester, ‘89-‘90


    MLA: Modern Language Association · CCC: College Composition and Communication ·
    NCTE: National Council of Teachers of English · WPA: Writing Program Administrators

    Professional References

              available on request