David Bartholomae

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Biography

David Bartholomae is a Professor of English and the Charles Crow Chair. He received his PhD from Rutgers University in 1975.

His primary research interests are in Composition, Literacy and Pedagogy, although his work engages scholarship in Rhetoric and in American Literature/American Studies.

His most recent book is a collection of essays, Writing on the Margins: Essays on Composition and Teaching (Palgrave Macmillan, hardcover; Bedford/St Martins, soft cover, 2005). An early book (with Anthony Petrosky), Facts, Artifacts, Counterfacts: Reading and Writing in Theory and Practice (Heinemann, Boynton/Cook: 1986) is still in print and still part of the professional conversation on Basic Writing. With Jean Ferguson Carr, he is the editor of the prize-winning University of Pittsburgh Press Series, Composition, Literacy and Culture.

With Anthony Petrosky, he is the editor of The Teaching of Writing: The Eighty-fifth Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education (U of Chicago P, 1986) and the author of a series of influential textbooks, all with Bedford/St. Martins Press: Ways of Reading: An Anthology for Writers (10th edition, 2014), Resources for Teaching (with each edition of WOR), Ways of Reading: Words and Images (2003), and Reading the Lives of Others: History and Ethnography (1994).

He has published a long list of chapters and articles; those most often taught and reprinted are: “Teaching On and Off the Tenure Track: Highlights from the ADE Survey of Staffing Patterns in English,” “What is Composition? And If You Know What That Is, Why Do We Teach It?,” “Inventing the University,” “Writing with Teachers” (an exchange with Peter Elbow), “The Tidy House: Basic Writing in the American University,” “Freshman English, Composition, and CCCC,” and “The Study of Error.” Details can be found in his CV.

Please Note:

I have two recent essays in journals not necessarily on the shelves of colleagues in Composition, Rhetoric, Literacy, or Writing Studies. Both, however, deal with figures and issues central to these fields. The title is a good guide to the first. The second is an essay on writers and their productive use of written sources:

I have completed an on-line history of English at the University of Pittsburgh. If you click the link that follows, you will enter in the 1920s, when the current English Department began to take shape: http://www.english.pitt.edu/history/1920-overview. Once you enter, it is easy to find your way around.

Awards and Distinctions

2014: Pennsylvania Professor of the Year (CASE, Carnegie Foundation)

2008: ADE/MLA Francis Andrew March Award

2006: CCCC Exemplar Award

2005: MLA Mina Shaughnessy Award, for Writing on the Margins

2003-2006: Executive Committee and President-Elect, ADE

1997-2002: Executive Council, Modern Language Association

1995: Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award

1992: Distinguished Alumnus, Ohio Wesleyan University

1987: Distinguished Achievement Award, Educational Press Association of America

1985-1989: Chair, Conference on College Composition and Communication (officer’s rotation)

1982: Fulbright Lecturer (Universidad de Deusto)

1980: Richard B. Braddock Award

Teaching

Composition: He has designed and taught the full range of undergraduate courses, from Basic Writing to Advanced Composition: Prose Style.

Literature: Introduction to Critical Reading; American Literary Traditions; Senior Seminar; The Literature of the Outdoors; The Victorian Period.

Graduate: Teaching Seminar; Introduction to Composition Studies; Figuring Writing; Contemporary Rhetoric; Ordinary Language.

Other

You can find me with Mr. Rogers at http://www.neighborhoodarchive.com/mrn/episodes/1602/index.html.

Gallery of Pix

Publications

Writing on the Margins: Essays on Composition and Teaching
Ways of Reading: An Anthology for Writers
Reading the Lives of Others: A Sequence for Writers
Ways of Reading: Words and Images
Facts, Artifacts, and Counterfacts: Theory and Method for a Reading and Writing Course