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James Beitler, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English

Wheaton, IL, United-States

 Jim.Beitler@wheaton.edu

Dr. Beitler's research focuses on the rhetorical activity of truth and reconciliation commissions. 

BIOGRAPHY

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.

EDUCATION

University of Michigan

Ph.D., English and Education

 2009 

Wheaton College

M.A., Systematic and Historical Theology

 2004

Wheaton College

B.A., English

 2002

AREAS OF EXPERTISE AND RESEARCH INTERESTS

RhetoricCompositionFirst-Year WritingCommunity-Based WritingWriting Program AdministrationWriting Fellows

PRESENTATIONS AND EVENT APPEARANCES

Institutional Collaboration and Writing for Social Change

Conference on College Composition and Communication  Portland, Oregon

 2017-03-15

‘An Apologist and a Rhetor’: C.S. Lewis and the Ethos of Ecumenism

Rhetoric Society of America  Atlanta, GA

 2016-05-26

Defining Transitions: Building WPA Agency in Changing Times

Conference on College Composition and Communication  Houston, TX

 2016-04-06

‘The Pilgrims’ Way’: A Call for Occasional Scholarship in English Studies

Southwest Conference on Christianity and Literature  Belton, TX

 2015-10-02

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

 2015-10-01

WPAs across the Disciplines: Creating Sustainable Writing Programs through Interdisciplinary Work

Council of Writing Program Administrators Annual Conference  Boise, ID

 2015-07-12

The Hospitality of Composition: Creating Habitable Sites for Writing on Campus

College English Association  Indianapolis, IN

 2015-03-26

Records and Responsivity: Engaging a College’s Communities of Practice through its Archives

Thomas R. Watson Conference  Louisville, KY

 2014-10-16

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

 2014-03-20

From Transitory to Transformational: Writing Center Praxis as Travel

International Writing Center Collaborative at CCCC  Indianapolis, IN

 2014-03-19

Counterbalancing Contempt with Care: Identity and Identification in Antjie Krog’s Country of My Skull

Western Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature  Azusa, CA

 2013-05-16

Igniting Innovation: Teaching Literacy in the Art of Making New

National Council of Teachers of English  Las Vegas, NV

 2012-11-15

“We Joined a World”: Identifying with the Rhetorical Tradition of Truth Commissions to Reframe the Past in Greensboro

Rhetoric Society of America  Philadelphia, PA

 2012-05-25

Two Roads Diverged: Employing E-Portfolios to Promote Disciplinary and Transdisciplinary Learning

Conference on College Composition and Communication  St. Louis, MO

 2012-03-21

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

 2011-11-17

Times They Are A-Changin’: Engaging the Citizen Scholar

National Collegiate Honors Conference  Phoenix, AZ

 2011-10-19

Teaching Mysteries: Embracing ‘Metaphysical Wonderment’ in the Liberal Learning Classroom

The Midwest Conference on Christianity and Literature  Fort Wayne, IN

 2011-09-22

ACADEMICS AND PUBLISHED RESEARCH

Courses Taught

- 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

SELECT ARTICLES, CHAPTERS, REVIEWS, AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS

. | “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

. | 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," edited by Leslie A. Donovan. 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

 2013-09-02

James E. Beitler

New York, 2013

. | 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