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Jerry Stinnett

Assistant Professor/Director of First-Year Writing
McAnulty College of Liberal Arts

637E College Hall
Phone: 412-396-6433


Ph.D., Composition, Rhetoric, and Literacy, University of Oklahoma

Jerry Stinnett teaches courses on writing and writing pedagogy and serves as Director of First-Year Writing in the English Department. His research interests include the history of disciplinary composition, composition pedagogy, and rhetorical theory. He received his doctorate in Composition, Rhetoric, and Literacy from the University of Oklahoma.


"(Re)Situating Expertise: An Activity Theory Perspective on Representation in Critical Ethnography." College English 75.2 (November 2012): 129-149.

"The Student's Rhetoric: Signifyin(g) Pedagogy and Critical Consciousness in the Part-Time Instructor's Composition Classroom." Compendium 2 4.1 (2011): 8-19.


"Faithful Exclusions: Negotiating Instructional Responses to Student Belief." Thomas R. Watson Conference. Louisville University, Louisville, KY. (October 18-22, 2014).

"Quality Assurance through Student Access: Student-Teacher Mediations and Surplus Labor Value in the Corporate University." Conference on College Composition and Communication. Indianapolis, IN. (March 19-22, 2014).

"Flipping for Full Effect: Teaching, Technology, and the Lessons of Reflective Practice." Teaching Scholars Initiative Conference. University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, (October 19, 2013).

"Finding a New Flagpole: Print Literacy, Teaching Practices, and the Instructional Counterpublics of Basic Writing." Conference on College Composition and Communication. Las Vegas, NV. (March 13-16, 2013).

"Trading with Martyrs: The Rhetoric of Passion and the Moral Economies of First-Year Composition." Thomas R. Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition. Louisville, KY. (October 18-20, 2012).

"Rejecting the Product Rhetoric of the Corporate University through the Process of WAC." International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference: The Future is WAC. Savannah, GA. (June 7-11, 2012).

"Building New Gateways to Public Discourse: Multimodal Composition, Counterpublics, and Defending the Diversity of Student Language." Conference on College Composition and Communication. St. Louis, MO, (March 21-25, 2012).

"When Research is Teaching: Reasserting the Pedagogical Focus of the English Department." Teaching Scholars Initiative Conference. University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, (October 20, 2011).

"Choosing Oppression?: The Rhetoric of Positivism, Patriarchy, and Moral Panic in the Pro-Choice Position." Moral Panics of Sexuality Conference. Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ, (October 7, 2011).

"An Activity-Theory Perspective on the Ethics of Democratic Representation of Critical Ethnography." Writing Democracy: The Rhetoric of (T)here. Texas A&M University-Commerce. (March, 2011)