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Alison Gibson

Alison Caviness Gibson, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer of English, Director of the Writing Center

On Faculty since 2010
630.752.5781
Blanchard 308


Dr. Gibson's primary interests include best practices for teaching First-Year Writing, Writing Center administration, theater, American literature, the literature of the U.S. South, and faculty development. As a graduate of a liberal arts college, she knows first-hand the value of a liberal arts education, and she is passionate about general education literature and writing.

University of Virginia
Ph.D., 2011

University of Virginia
M.A., 2005

Wofford College
B.A. Summa Cum Laude, 2003

  • Writing Center Administration
  • Writing Pedagogy
  • Drama
  • American Literature
  • Southern U.S. Literature

Imagination in Much Ado About Nothing
recording presented at Shakespeare in the Dark, Wheaton College, October 2020

 An Introduction to the E. Beatrice Batson Shakespeare Society
presented as moderator and event organizer at “Shakespeare in Performance: Prayer, Providence, and the Past,” Wheaton College, October 2019

Hospitality and the Teaching of Writing: Assignment Design, Grading, and Classroom Practices presented at the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area Scholarship of Pedagogy Symposium, University of St. Francis, November 2018

 A Mad-Lib of a Play: An Introduction to The Tempest in Performance
presented as moderator and event organizer at “Reflections on The Tempest in Performance,” Wheaton College, September 2018

Hospitality and the Teaching of Writing
presented at the Humanities Brown Bag Colloquium, Wheaton College, September 2018

Hospitality and Gift Exchange in First-Year Writing Pedagogy
presented at the Kuyers Institute conference on “Faith and Teaching: Virtue, Practice, and Imagination,” Calvin College, October 2015

Beyond Consumerist Education: Gift Exchange and Hospitable Writing Pedagogy
presented on the panel “The Hospitality of Composition: Imagining Habitable Sites for Writing on Campus” at the College English Association conference, Indianapolis, March 2015

The Southern Flapper: White Southern Womanhood in The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald Society Conference, Montgomery, AB

White Southern Femininity in A Streetcar Named Desire
Gender, Place and Space: An Interdisciplinary Conference, University of Notre Dame

‘There’s Something in that Voice of Hers’: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Gendering of the U.S. South in His Great American Novel
Thesis Presentation before the Department of English, University of Virginia

Beyond the Belle’s Borders: Fitzgerald’s Americanization of White Southern Femininity in The Great Gatsby
American Literature Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA

Southern Womanhood in Fried Green Tomatoes
presented at the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association annual conference, Boston, MA

  • ENGL 101: Classics of Western Literature
  • ENGW 103: First Year Writing
  • ENGL 105: Modern Global Literature
  • ENGL 112: Comedy and Tragedy: Shakespeare and Beyond
  • ENGL 343: American Literature: Modernism and Beyond
  • ENGL 392: Louisa May Alcott
  • BRIDGE: Academic Writing
  • BRIDGE: African-American Literature in Focus: August Wilson’s Fences
  • BRIDGE: American Theater in Focus: Hamilton