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Dr. Annie Mendenhall

Associate Professor

Coordinator of First Year Writing at Armstrong and Liberty campuses

Ph.D. in English, The Ohio State University

M.A. in English, The Ohio State University

B.A. in English, North Georgia College & State University

Selected Publications

Desegregation State: College Writing Programs after the Civil Rights Movement. Utah State University Press. Forthcoming 2021. 

“Representing Pedagogical Change: Genre, Expertise, and the Modes of Discourse in Writing Program History” in the Spring 2019 issue of WPA: Writing Program Administration.

“‘At a Hinge of History’: Rereading Disciplinary Origins in Composition,” in Microhistories of Composition, edited by Bruce McComisky and published by Utah State University Press in 2016. 

“The Composition Specialist as Flexible Expert: Labor and Identity in Rhetoric and Composition,” in the September 2014 issue of College English.

“The Historical Problem of Vertical Coherence: Writing, Research, and Legitimacy in Early 20th Century Rhetoric and Composition,” in the Spring 2013 issue of Composition Studies.

“Joseph V. Denney, the Land-Grant Mission, and Rhetorical Education at Ohio State: An Institutional History” in the November 2011 issue of College English.

Courses Taught

  • First Year Writing 
  • Research Methods for Writers
  • Introduction to Writing Studies
  • Rhetoric

Current Research 

My research explores the history of public and institutional policies with the goal of creating equitable writing programs. My forthcoming book details the history of postsecondary desegregation enforcement in the South after the Civil Rights movement, exploring the ways in which resistance to desegregation informed policies for college admissions, remediation, required writing courses, and retention programs. I am currently researching how writing programs address free speech policies.

Last updated: 10/29/2020