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Composition ProgramEnglish Department
T. R. Johnson, Ph. D.
Associate Professor of English
Director of the Writing Program
120 Norman Mayer Hall
New Orleans, LA 70118
Ph.D., Rhetoric and Composition, The University of Louisville. Louisville, Kentucky. January,
Major Emphases: Composition Theory and Pedagogy, History of Rhetoric
Minor Emphases: American Literature, Cultural Studies.
M. A., English, The University of Virginia. Charlottesville, Virginia. May, 1988.
B. A., English, Northwestern University. Evanston, Illinois. May, 1986.
2004 - Associate Professor of English and Director of Composition at Tulane University.
1999 - 2004 Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Writing Center at the University of New Orleans. .
1997 - 1999 Assistant Professor of Rhetoric in the College of General Studies at Boston University.
1995 - 1997 Part-time Lecturer in Department of English at University of Louisville.
1991 - 1992 Graduate Teaching Assistant in Department of English at University of Louisville.
1989 - 1991 Part-time Lecturer in Department of English at University of Louisville.
1989 - 1991 Part-time Lecturer in Departmetn of English at Bellarmine College.
Co-editor with Thomas Pace. Refiguring Prose Style: Possibilities for Writing Pedagogy. Logan: Utah State University Press. 404 pp in typescript. 2005.
A Rhetoric of Pleasure: Prose Style and Today’s Composition Classroom. Portsmouth: Heinemann-Boynton-Cook, 2003.
Editor. Teaching Composition: The Background Readings. Boston: Bedford St. Martin’s Press. 2004.
Co-editor with Shirley Morahan. Teaching Composition: Background Readings. Boston: Bedford St. Martin’s Press. 2002. 580pp.
Co-editor with Shirley Morahan. Teaching With the Bedford Guide for College Writers, Vol. II: Background Readings. Boston: Bedford St. Martin’s Press. 1999. 387pp.
“Pleasure and Writing.” John Carroll University. Cleveland, OH. October 9, 2003.
“Pleasure and Prose Style.” University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Lafayette, Louisiana. April 20, 2004.
“Play it by Ear.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Chicago, 2006.
“A Sufi Dervish Dance for Western Ears: Sounding the Virtual in Bergson, Deleuze, and Massumi.” Twentieth Century Literature Conference. Louisville, KY 2006.
“Albert Ayler in Vietnam – and Out.” Experience Music Project. Seattle, WA 2005
“Rhetoric and Non-Violence.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. San Francisco. 2005
“Writing Centerlessness: Affect, Interstubjectivity, and Sound in the Tutoring Session.” Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition. Louisville, KY 2004
“The Analyst, The Teacher, The Writer, The Lover: Untangling Transference, Trauma, and Prose-Style in the Composition Classroom.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. New York City. 2003.
“Lacan in the Writing Center.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Denver 2001.
“Lacanian Psychoanalysis and the Work of Tutoring the Struggling Writer.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Minneapolis, 2000.
“Rhetoric and the History of Writing as Healing.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Atlanta 1999 (Workshop).
“Tracing the Pleasures of Writing Through Three Technological Revolutions: From Public to Private to Breakdown and Beyond.” Conference of the Rhetoric Society of America. Pittsburgh, 1998.
“Toward a Theory of Writing as Pleasure.” Forum. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Washington, D. C. 1995.
“Literacy, Expressivism, Pedagogy, and the Magical Medicine of Gorgias.” Conference of the Rhetoric Society of America. Norfolk, VA 1994.
“The Human Genome Project: Another Machine in the Garden.” With Mary Rosner. Society for the Study of Literature and Science. Cambridge, MA 1993.
“From Mary’s Birdcage to Molly’s Body: Toward a Theory of Gender in Joyce’s Stylistic Odyssey.” Twentieth Century Literature Conference. Louisville, KY 1993.
"Marginality, Magic, and the Body.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. San Diego, 1993.
American Literature (Settlement to Civil War)
Literary Investigations (Introduction to Study of Literature)
William Blake (Senior Honors Seminar)
Introduction to Composition Studies
Theorizing Jazz (Directed Study)
Deleuze and Process Philosophy (Directed Study)
2004 UNO English Graduate Faculty Award. University of New Orleans.
2002 UNO Alumni Association’s Early Career Achievement Award for Excellence in Research. University of New Orleans.
1997 Graduate Dean’s Citation. University of Louisville.
1992-95 University Research Fellow. University of Louisville.
Dissertation and Thesis Service
Idell Adams. “Exploring the Efficacy of Cooperative/Collaborative Learning: The Experience of College ESL Teachers.” College of Education, University of New Orleans. May 2000.
Kirt LeBlanc. “Marshall McLuhan’s Rhetoric of Media.” College of Liberal Arts, University of New Orleans, April 2004.
Nichole Stanford. “Democratizing the Language of the Academy: Emerson’s Pedagogy of Context.” College of Liberal Arts, University of New Orleans. April 2003.
Jennifer Vasil. “Writing Links: Basic Writing, Ecriture Feminine, and Hypertext.” College of Liberal Arts, University of New Orleans. April 2002. (Ms. Vasil won the Outstanding Graduate Student Award at the Liberal Arts Commencement, Spring 2003; she also won the Seraphia Leyda Award for best Master’s Thesis in UNO Department of English, Spring 2003).
Jennifer Drouant. “Dialogue and Development: A Theory for Turning the Basic Writer into an Academic Writer.” College of Liberal Arts, University of New Orleans. April 2001. (Ms. Drouant won the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award in UNO Department of English, Spring 2002).
Jochen Kranz. “Diving Back In: The Embattled Legacy of Mina Shaughnessy.” College of Liberal Arts, University of New Orleans. April 2001.
Ken Rayes. “Theorizing Invention as a Social Act.” College of Liberal Arts, University of New Orleans. April 2001. (Mr. Rayes won the Seraphia Leyda Award for best Master’s Thesis in UNO Department of English, Spring 2002.)
Special Recognition from Board of Trustees Committee for Freshmen Retention. University of Louisville.
2004- Director of Composition, Tulane Univerity
1999-2004 Director, Writing Center, University of New Orleans.
1999-2004 Chair, Committee for Writing Intensive Courses, University of New Orleans
1999-2000 Freshmen Advisory Committee, University of New Orleans.
1999-2000 Committee for Lecture Series on Women's Life Writing
1998-1999 Co-Chair, Committee for Goals and Methods, Boston University
1998-1999 Co-Chair, Committee for Basic Proficiency, Boston University
2001- Jazz Disc Jockey, Thursdays, 6:00 am to 9:00 am, WWOZ 90.7 FM, New Orleans. (Voted Disc
Jockey of the Month in Offbeat Magazine, March 2002)