Tom Pace, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English and 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, and popular culture. He is the co-editor of Refiguring Prose Style: Possibilities in Writing Pedagogy (Utah University Press).

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Teaching (2/3 load)
Fall 2014

  • EN 250-51(Writing in the Professions)
  • EN 489/589-1 (Studies in Rhetoric and Composition)
  • EN 289 (Internships)

Recent 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.