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Faculty Profile - James Beitler

James Beitler, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English

On Faculty since 2013
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Dr. Beitler is the director of First-Year Writing and also coordinates the Writing Fellows Program. His primary areas of interest include rhetorical theory and criticism, composition pedagogy, first-year writing, community-based writing, and writing program administration.

University of Michigan
Ph.D., English and Education, 2009

Wheaton College
M.A., Systematic and Historical Theology, 2004

Wheaton College
B.A., English, 2002

  • Rhetoric
  • Composition
  • First-Year Writing
  • Community-Based Writing
  • Writing Program Administration
  • Writing Fellows

On Charitable Writing: A Proposal for Writing Pedagogy at Christian Institutions
Conference on Rhetoric and Religion Knoxville, TN: 2018 (co-authored with Richard H. Gibson)

Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Rhetorical Identification
College English Association St. Petersburg, FL: 2018

Institutional Collaboration and Writing for Social Change
Conference on College Composition and Communication, Portland, Oregon

‘An Apologist and a Rhetor’: C.S. Lewis and the Ethos of Ecumenism
Rhetoric Society of America, Atlanta, GA

Defining Transitions: Building WPA Agency in Changing Times
Conference on College Composition and Communication, Houston, TX

‘The Pilgrims’ Way’: A Call for Occasional Scholarship in English Studies
Southwest Conference on Christianity and Literature, Belton, TX

Writing for Residents and Resident Aliens: Christian Formation, Hospitality, and the Teaching of Writing
Faith and Teaching: Virtue, Practice, and Imagination, Kuyers Conference, Grand Rapids, MI

WPAs across the Disciplines: Creating Sustainable Writing Programs through Interdisciplinary Work
Council of Writing Program Administrators Annual Conference, Boise, ID

The Hospitality of Composition: Creating Habitable Sites for Writing on Campus
College English Association, Indianapolis, IN

Records and Responsivity: Engaging a College’s Communities of Practice through its Archives
Thomas R. Watson Conference, Louisville, KY

'I’ve Translated You From the Dead’: The Rhetoric of Translation in Antjie Krog’s Country of My Skull
Midwest Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature, Wheaton, IL

From Transitory to Transformational: Writing Center Praxis as Travel
International Writing Center Collaborative at CCCC, Indianapolis, IN

Counterbalancing Contempt with Care: Identity and Identification in Antjie Krog’s Country of My Skull
Western Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature, Azusa, CA

Igniting Innovation: Teaching Literacy in the Art of Making New
National Council of Teachers of English, Las Vegas, NV

'We Joined a World': Identifying with the Rhetorical Tradition of Truth Commissions to Reframe the Past in Greensboro
Rhetoric Society of America, Philadelphia, PA

Two Roads Diverged: Employing E-Portfolios to Promote Disciplinary and Transdisciplinary Learning
Conference on College Composition and Communication, St. Louis, MO

Embracing Two Types of E-Portfolios in the First-Year Composition Classroom to Facilitate the Transfer of Learning
National Council of Teachers of English, Chicago, IL

Times They Are A-Changin’: Engaging the Citizen Scholar
National Collegiate Honors Conference, Phoenix, AZ

Teaching Mysteries: Embracing ‘Metaphysical Wonderment’ in the Liberal Learning Classroom
The Midwest Conference on Christianity and Literature, Fort Wayne, IN

  • ENGW 103: First-Year Writing (4 credits)
  • ENGW 104: First-Year Writing (2 credits)
  • ENGW 214: Rhetorical Writing
  • ENGW 333: Writing for Social Change
  • ENGL 355: Romantic Literature (co-taught with Prof. Nicole Mazzarella)
  • ENGL 387: Lewis and Tolkien
  • ENGL 433: Literature and Place (co-taught with Prof. Nicole Mazzarella)
  • ENGW 444: Special Topics in Writing: Writing about Place
  • ENGW 471: Composition Theory, Practice, and Pedagogy
  • ENGL 225: Topical Seminar: Persuasion
  • ENGL 431: Christianity and Fantasy
  • CORE 101: First-Year Seminar: “What is Justice?”
  • B.R.I.D.G.E.: Introduction to Academic Writing

“Seasoned Readings: On ‘George MacDonald in the Age of the Incarnation,’” In Timothy Larsen’s The Rose Fire: George MacDonald in the Age of Miracles. InterVarsity Press Academic (Forthcoming)
Timothy Larsen, Downers Grove, IL view more

An Advent Witness: C.S. Lewis and the Rhetoric of Goodwill. Religion and the Arts, Vol. 21 Issue 3, p352-377. 26p., 2017

Review of "Approaches to Teaching Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and Other Works," VII: Journal of the Marion E. Wade Center.
edited by Leslie A. Donovan, 33 (2017): 7-8.

"Inescapable Networks of Mutuality": The Development of Transitional Justice in the United States, Transitional Justice
Ed. Christine Bell. London: Routledge. Print. 127-148, Reprint, September 2016

Remaking Transitional Justice in the United States: The Rhetorical Authorization of the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Springer
James E. Beitler, New York, 2013
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Review of Managing Vulnerability: South Africa’s Struggle for a Democratic Rhetoric, Rhetoric Review 32.4 (2013): 490-493. Print.
Richard C. Marback, 2013

Making More of the Middle Ground: Desmond Tutu and the Ethos of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Relevant Rhetoric: A New Journal of Rhetorical Studies 3.1 (Spring 2012): 1-22. Web, 2012.