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Chris M. Anson is University Distinguished Professor and director of the Campus Writing and Speaking Program at North Carolina State University, where he works with faculty in nine colleges to help them incorporate more writing and speaking into their instruction. Before moving to North Carolina State University in 1999, he was professor of English and Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Minnesota. He has focused most of his career on improving pedagogy in higher education, especially through writing. He has published fifteen books and nearly one hundred journal articles and book chapters, most of which focus on teaching and learning. Passionate about faculty development, he has given more than 430 workshops and presentations across the United States and in twenty-three foreign countries.

Mary McAleer Balkun is professor and chair of the Department of English at Seton Hall University. She has served on the university’s faculty senate as chair, vice chair, and secretary. She is the author of The American Counterfeit: Authenticity and Identity in American Literature and Culture (2006), coeditor (with Jeff Gray and James McCorkle) of The Green-wood Encyclopedia of American Poets and Poetry, as well as articles on Phillis Wheatley, Sarah Kemble Knight, Walt Whitman, and American Gothic literature. Her current project is a study of the early American grotesque.

Rebecca Brown is assistant professor of English at Texas A&M University– San Antonio. She has taught composition at three community colleges as well as composition and literature at three universities. For the past ten years, she has used a variety of creative and occasionally bizarre activities to strengthen her students’ reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. She will be appropriating the poetry slam again in literature classes as a review activity for the final exams. [End Page 615]

Bruce Burgett is professor and director of interdisciplinary arts and sciences at the University of Washington Bothell and director of the Graduate Certificate in Public Scholarship at the University of Washington Seattle. He is the author of Sentimental Bodies: Sex, Gender, and Citizenship in the Early Republic (2008) and coeditor (with Glenn Hendler) of Keywords for American Cultural Studies (2007). He has published widely on intersections of American studies, cultural studies, interdisciplinarity, and public scholarship. He serves on the advisory and editorial boards of American Quarterly and American Literary History. He is the vice president of the Cultural Studies Association, and chair of the National Advisory Board of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life. He serves on the board of trustees of Humanities Washington.

Thomas L. Burkdall is associate professor and chair of the Department of English Writing and director of the Center for Academic Excellence at Occidental College in Los Angeles. He is the author of Joycean Frames: Film and the Fiction of James Joyce (2001). His recent research focuses on writing and technology, and he is a member of the editorial collective of The JUMP (The Journal for Undergraduate Multimedia Projects). He currently sits on the advisory board of the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education.

Denise K. Comer is assistant professor of the Practice in Writing and director of the first-year writing program in the Thompson Writing Program at Duke University. She has been teaching academic writing at Duke since 2000. Prior to Duke, she taught writing and literature at the University of South Carolina, Chico State, and Butte Community College. Her academic-writing courses have focused on such areas as travel writing, postcards, and civic engagement. She has published articles on such issues as teaching travel writing, images of the child in nineteenth-century British women’s Indian travelogues, electronic response to student writing, and faculty pregnancy and parenting in the context of first-year writing. Her current work includes an article on effective multidisciplinary teacher preparation and a grant-funded pilot exploring the impact of the iPad on students’ scholarly writing and reading practices.

Kevin Craft is professor and chair of the Department of English at Everett Community College and the editor of Poetry Northwest. His book of poems, Solar Prominence, won the Gorsline Poetry Competition from Cloudbank Books in 2004. [End Page 616]

Judith W. Fisher is associate professor of drama at...


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