Christine R. Farris
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Ph.D., University of Washington, 1987
Research areas: composition studies, contemporary rhetorical theory and practice, feminist rhetoric, writing and literature pedagogy.
Both my scholarship and curriculum design focus on analysis of how language, visual, and cinematic representations in texts invite us to occupy various positions as readers and rhetors. In my current project, I am investigating issues of rhetorical agency in public confession and performative apology — in literature, popular media, and the classroom.
I also write about the politics of writing instruction and efforts to reconfigure divisions and hierarchies in English studies. In 2010 NCTE published a collection I edited with Kristine Hansen, College Credit for Writing in High School: The "Taking Care of" Business, which explores the complexity of issues involved in the outsourcing of writing instruction to non-college providers. This book won the 2012 WPA Best Book Award from the Council of Writing Program Administrators.
I have served as director of composition as well as associate and acting chair of the English department. I teach courses in writing, rhetoric and composition theory, and literature. I also coordinate the dual-credit college composition course for high school teachers as part of IU's Advance College Project.
Select Publications and Presentations (click images for more information)
Subject to Change: New Composition Instructors’ Theory and Practice (Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 1996).
Recent Articles and Chapters
"The Maternal Melodrama of Writing Program Administration." Performing Feminism and Administration in Rhetoric and Composition Studies. Ed. Krista Ratcliffe and Rebecca Rickly, Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2010, 67-75.
"Minding the Gap and Learning the Game: Differences that Matter Between High School and College Writing." College Credit for Writing in High School: The "Taking Care of" Business. Ed. Kristine Hansen and Christine R. Farris, NCTE, 2010, 272-282.
"Inventing the University in High School," College Composition and Communication 61: 1, September, 2009, W410-417.
Recent Conference Talks
"The Help in Context: White Women, Civil Rights, and Issues of Identification," Rhetoric Society of America, Philadelphia, May 25, 2012.
Keynote Address: "Architects of Our Own Fortune: Designs on English." Annual Conference of the College English Association, St. Petersburg, FL, April 2, 2011.
Featured Speaker: "The State of Dual-Credit/Concurrent Enrollment Writing Courses." Conference on College Composition and Communication, Atlanta, April 7, 2011 (Repeated as Virtual Conference Webinar, May 6, 2011).
"Becoming Gender Literate." Annual Convention of Modern Language Association (MLA), Los Angeles, January 9, 2011.
"'Teachable Moments' and the Rhetoric of the Performative Apology." Panel on Race in the Age of Obama. Rhetoric Society of America, Minneapolis, May 30, 2010.
"The Professional Development of Concurrent-Enrollment Faculty Members." Modern Language Association, Philadelphia, December, 2009.
Feminist Rhetorical Theories and Practices
The Teaching of Composition in College
Getting Schooled: Popular Representations of Teaching and Learning
Women and Literature (Topic: Women's Work)
Selected Honors and Awards
WPA Best Book Award, Council of Writing Program Administrators, 2012
George Pinnell Award for Outstanding Service, Indiana University (system-wide), 2012
Distinguished Service Award, Indiana University-Bloomington, 2012
President's Award for Distinguished Teaching, Indiana University, 1998
Provost's Outstanding Junior Faculty Teaching Award, University of Missouri, 1990