Nathan Shepley

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Assistant Professor

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Nathan Shepley's specialization area is Rhetoric, Composition, and Pedagogy. He studies composition history, examining how narratives of composition emerge from researchers' source types, theoretical orientations, and allegiances to physical and social spaces, complete with the normative baggage that those spaces accrue. Related to this historical work is his interest in ecological frameworks to study how student writers use locations to form culturally and geographically sophisticated identities. His articles have appeared in Composition Forum, Enculturation, and Composition Studies, and he has articles forthcoming in Open Words and in an edited collection on Appalachian literacy. Currently, he is exploring ways to analyze historical and present-day student writing by drawing on the legacy of neosophism, and he is investigating the work of college writing opportunities to foster local identifications and commitments in areas such as South Texas and Appalachia.


  • Ph.D., Rhetoric and Composition, Ohio University
  • M.A., English, University of Alabama
  • B.A., English, Berry College

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Research Interests

Composition history and historiography, Ecocomposition and place-based education, Neosophistic rhetorical theory, Composition pedagogy

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  • ENGL 3341: Business and Professional Writing
  • ENGL 3396: Gender and Writing
  • ENGL 1304: English Composition II
  • ENGL 7396: Histories of Composition
  • ENGL 7370: History of Rhetoric (Twentieth Century)
  • ENGL 6300: Seminar in College Teaching of Language and Literature in English

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