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James Beitler, Ph.D.

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James Beitler, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English

Wheaton, IL, United-States


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


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


Wheaton College

M.A., Systematic and Historical Theology


Wheaton College

B.A., English



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


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



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


. | “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.


. | 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


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


. | 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.