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William Duffy

Assistant Professor

Patterson Hall 431
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B.A., Elon University
M.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Academic Summary

Dr. Duffy specializes in composition and rhetorical theory, with particular interests in collaborative writing, first-year composition, and the institutional history of writing studies. He is also interested in discourse ethics, pragmatist philosophy, and religious rhetoric. From 2014-16, he served as the founding director of the UofM's Center for Writing and Communication.

Select Publications

  • "Freire in the Agora: Critical Pedagogy and Civil Discourse." Coauthored with John Pell. Literacy in Composition Studies 3.1 (2015): 95-107.
  • "Transforming Decorum: The Sophistic Appeal of Walter Rauschenbusch and the Social Gospel." Mapping Christian Rhetorics: Connecting Conversations, Charting New Territories. 2014. 222-39.
  • "Collaboration (in) Theory: Reworking the Social Turn's Conversational Imperative." College English 76.5 (May 2014): 416-35.
  • "Perspicuity as Discursive Ethic: Jon Stewart's Revival of Eighteenth-Century Rhetoric." Re/Framing Identifications. 2014. 68-79.
  • "English 341: Advanced Composition for Teachers." [Course Design Essay]. Composition Studies 41.2 (Fall 2013): 58-77.
  • "Imagining Coauthorship as Phased Collaboration." Coauthored with John Pell. Working With Faculty Writers. 2013. 256-69.