Tom Pace, Ph.D., Director of First-Year Writing

Dr. Pace joined the JCU faculty in 2002 after completing his doctorate at Miami University of Ohio with a specialty in Composition and Rhetoric and Renaissance studies. He received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Louisville. He teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses: Composition and Rhetoric I and II, Advanced Writing, Studies in Rhetoric and Composition, Major British Writers, Major American Writers, Popular Film and American Culture, Professional Writing, and Rhetoric and Education in Renaissance Lyric. Dr. Pace also directs the English department’s Professional Writing major, and his research interests revolve around the history and theory of teaching writing and rhetoric, especially stylistics. He is the co-editor of Refiguring Prose Style: Possibilities in Writing Pedagogy (Utah University Press).

He can be reached at tpace@jcu.edu

Teaching (2/3 load)
Fall 2013

  • EN 250-1(Writing in the Professions)
  • EN 489/589-1 (Studies in Rhetoric and Composition)
  • EN 289 (Internships)

Scholarship

“Paulo Freire and the Jesuit Tradition:  Jesuit Rhetoric and Freirean Pedagogy.” With Gina Merys.  In Traditions of Eloquence: The Jesuits and Rhetorical Studies. Eds. Cinthia Gannett and John Brereton. New York, NY: Fordham UP.  Forthcoming. Print.

“Portrait of the X-er as a White-Bred Suburbanite: Mad Men as a Generation X Understanding of the 1960s.” Generation X Professors Speak: Voices from Academia. Ed. Elwood Watson.
Lanham, MD: Scarecrow P, 2013. 151-168. Print

“Inventio and Elocutio: Language Instruction at St. Paul’s Grammar School and Today’s Stylistic Classroom.” In The Centrality of Style. Eds. Star Medzerian and Michael Duncan. West Lafayette, IN: Parlor P, 2013. 135-152. Print.

“I Can Take a Stance.” In Engaging Audience: Writing in an Age of New Literacies. Eds. Brian Fehler, Elizabeth Weiser and Angela Gonzalez. Urbana, IL: NCTE, 2009. 147-164.

Refiguring Prose Style: Possibilities for Writing Pedagogy. With T.R. Johnson. Logan , UT : Utah State Press, 2005.

“Style and the Renaissance of Composition Studies.” In Refiguring Prose Style: Possibilities for Writing Pedagogy. 3-22.


Current Talks and Presentations: 2006-present

“Landscape, Genre, and the Regeneration of Violence in Breaking Bad.” Popular Culture Association. Chicago, IL. April 2014. Forthcoming.

“‘Will I Do Myself Proud or Only What’s Aloud?’: Contradictions and Conflicts in Hollywood Portrayals of Gen-X Men.” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association. Washington, D.C. March 2013.

Mad Men as Generation X Understanding of the 1960s.” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association. Boston, MA. April 2012.

“Academic Style and Critical Thinking: An Apologia for They Say/I Say.”  College Composition and Communication. St. Louis,MO.  March 2012.

“Contested Land, Contested Language: The Puritan Pedagogy of John Eliot.” College Composition and Communication. Atlanta, GA. April 2011.

“Using the Academic Journal to Teach Audience in First-Year Writing.” College Composition and Communication. Louisville, KY. March 2010.

“Style Pedagogy Renewed, Revised, Remixed: New Directions for the Twenty-First Century.” Workshop. College Composition and Communication. Louisville, KY. March 2010.

“Weapons of Mass Instruction: Style as Counterpublic to the Public Sphere.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. San Francisco, CA. March, 2009.

“Tracing Freire: Jesuit Rhetoric and its Impact on Critical Pedagogy.” Rhetoric Society of America. Seattle, WA. May, 2008.

“Reality, Illusion, or Both? Facebook and the Teaching of Writing.” College English Association. St. Louis, MO. March, 2008.

“Literacy and Culture as Seduction in Television’s The Gilmore Girls.” The Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association. San Francisco, CA. March, 2008.

“Listening to Our Students: Identity, Facebook, and Writing Programs.” Council of Writing Program Administrators. Tempe, AZ. July, 2007.

“’A Verb Would be Nice:’ Rhetoric and Writing in Television’s The West Wing.” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association. Boston, MA. April, 2007.

“Resistance and Opportunity : Preparing Graduate Assistants in Literature to Teach Writing.” Council of Writing Program Administrators. Chattanooga, TN. July, 2006.

“Reaching Out: Graduate Education and the Resistance to Composition Pedagogy.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Chicago, IL. March, 2006.