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Patricia A. Dunn

Patricia A. Dunn

Professor of English
Composition and Rhetoric; English Education; Disability Studies
Also affiliated with: The English Education Program in Writing and Rhetoric
Humanities 2082
Patricia.Dunn@stonybrook.edu 
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  • Biography

    Biography

    Patricia A. Dunn is a professor of English and a member of the English Teacher Education Program who teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in both English and in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric. Her areas of teaching and research are composition and rhetoric, English education, and disability studies. In 2013, she won the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

    She has published two books on composition theory and the teaching of writing:   Talking, Sketching, Moving: Multiple Literacies in the Teaching of Writing   (2001), and   Learning Re-Abled: The Learning Disability Controversy and Composition Studies  (1995). In 2011,   Learning Re-Abled   was republished online at the Writing Across the Curriculum Clearinghouse. Her third book, co-written with Ken Lindblom, was published in 2011:   Grammar Rants: How a Backstage Tour of Writing Complaints Can Help Students Make Informed, Savvy Choices about Their Writing   . Her latest book,   Disabling Characters: Representations of Disability in Young Adult Literature   , was published in 2015.

    She has also published several book chapters, as well as other articles in   English Journal,   JAC,  Rhetoric Review,   Kairos, and College Composition and Communication. She has presented at many national conferences, including the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), the Rhetoric Society of America, and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) conference, and the International Federation of Teachers of English. 

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  • Peer-Reviewed Books

    PEER REVIEWED BOOKS

    Dunn, Patricia A.   Disabling Characters: Representations of Disability in Young Adult Literature   . New York, Peter Lang Publishing. 2015.   Free preview.

    Dunn, Patricia A. and Ken Lindblom.   Grammar Rants: How a Backstage Tour of Writing Complaints Can Help Students Make Informed, Savvy Choices About Their Writing   . Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook Heinemann Publishers. April, 2011. (Went into second printing April, 2012.)

    Dunn, Patricia A.   Talking, Sketching, Moving: Multiple Literacies in the Teaching of Writing   . Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook Heinemann. October, 2001.

    Dunn, Patricia A.   Learning Re-Abled: The Learning Disability Controversy and Composition Studies   . Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook Heinemann. September, 1995. Learning Re-Abled was recently (Spring 2011) published online at the Writing Across the Curriculum Clearninghouse. Series Editor: Mike Palmquist, Colorado State University.

  • Articles

    ARTICLES

    Dunn, Patricia A. "What Is 'Normal'? Defining Terms and Questioning Commonplaces in Public Policy Debates."   JAC: Rhetoric, Writing, Culture, Politics  31.3&4, 2011: 736-752. (This is an invited response of over 5000 words to Cynthia Lewiecki-Wilson’s article in   JAC: "Ableist Rhetorics, Nevertheless: Disability and Animal Rights in the Work of Peter Singer and Martha Nussbaum.")

    Lindblom, Kenneth, and Patricia A. Dunn. “Analyzing Grammar Rants: An Alternative to Traditional Grammar Instruction.” English Journal  95.5 (May, 2006): 71-77.

    Dunn, Patricia A. and Kenneth Lindblom. “The Roles of Rhetoric in Constructions and Reconstructions of Disability.” Rhetoric Review  22.2 (April, 2003): 167-174.

    Dunn, Patricia A., and Kenneth J. Lindblom. “Why Revitalize Grammar?”   English Journal  92.3 (January, 2003): 43-50.

    Dunn, Patricia A. and Kathleen Dunn De Mers. “   Reversing Notions of Disability and Accommodation: Embracing Universal Design in Writing Pedagogy and Web Space.”   Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. 7.1 (Spring 2002). (Nominated for “Best Web Text” award, May, 2002.)

    "Becoming Visible: Lessons in Disability." (Co-authored with Brenda Jo Bruggemann, Linda Feldmeier White, Barbara A. Heifferon, and Johnson Cheu)   CCC The Journal of the Conference on College Composition and Communication  52.3 (February, 2001): 368--398.

    Dunn, Patricia A. “Forgotten Elements in Writing Across the Curriculum: Speaking-to-Learn and Collaborative Interdisciplinary Research.”   Issues in Writing: Education, Government, Arts & Humanities, Business & Industry, Science & Technology   9.1 (Fall/Winter 1998): 19-42.

    Dunn, Patricia A. “Three Comments on ‘Writing Utopias’” Comment and response section of   College English  54 (Oct. 1992): 731-733.

  • Book Chapters

    BOOK CHAPTERS

    Dunn, Patricia A. “Practice-as-Inquiry, Stephen M. North’s Teaching, and Contemporary Public Policy.” In   The Changing of Knowledge in Composition: Contemporary Perspectives. Eds. Richard Gebhardt and Lance Massey. Utah State University Press. Fall, 2011. 173-193.

    Dunn, Patricia A. and Kenneth Lindblom. “Developing Savvy Writers by Analyzing Grammar Rants.” In   Language in the School Curriculum: Integrating Linguistic Knowledge into K-12 Teaching. Eds. Kristin Denham and Anne Lobeck. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2005. 191-207.

    Lindblom, Kenneth and Patricia A. Dunn. “Cooperative Writing ‘Program’ Administration at Illinois State Normal University: The Committee on English of 1904-05 and the Influence of Professor J. Rose Colby.” In   Historical Studies of Writing Program Administration: Individuals, Communities, and the Formation of a Discipline   . Eds. Barbara L’Eplattenier and Lisa Mastrangelo. Lafayette, IN: Parlor Press. (March 2004). 37-70.

    Dunn, Patricia A. “Marginal Comments on Writers’ Texts: The Status of the Commenter as a Factor in Writing Center Tutorials.”   Stories from the Center: Connecting Narrative and Theory in the Writing Center. Eds. Meg Woolbright and Lynn Craigue Briggs. Urbana, IL: NCTE, 2000.

    Dunn, Patricia A. “Oral Journals: Voice Mail and Tape Recorders as Inclusive and Challenging Forums.”   The Journal Book for Teachers of Basic and Learning Disabled Writers. Eds. Susan Gardner and Toby Fulwiler. Westport, CT: Boynton/Cook, Heinemann. October, 1999. 116-128.

    Dunn, Patricia A. "Whole Language Across the Curriculum: Teaching and Learning in a General Chemistry Class." Essay appears in New York State English Council's monograph,   Whole Language: Explorations and Applications, edited by Robert W. Blake. February, 1990.

  • Reprinted Excerpts/Articles/Chapters

    REPRINTED EXCERPTS, ARTICLES, & CHAPTERS

    Dunn, Patricia A. Excerpt from Chapter 3, “Learning Differences: The Perspective of LD College Students,” of my 1995 book,   Learning Re-Abled: The Learning Disability Controversy and Composition Studies. Reprinted in   Disability/Teaching and the Teaching of Writing: A Critical Sourcebook. Eds. Brenda Jo Brueggeman and Cynthia Lewiecki-Wilson   , with Jay Dolmage. Bedford/St. Martin’s. 2008: 147-150.

    Dunn, Patricia A. and Kathleen Dunn De Mers. “Reversing Notions of Disability and Accommodation: Embracing Universal Design in Writing Pedagogy and Web Space” Excerpted and reprinted in   Computers in the Composition Classroom: A Critical Sourcebook. Eds. Michelle Sidler, Richard Morris, Elizabeth Overman Smith. Boston and New York: Bedford/Martins, 2008.   228-230  (Release date, March 2007) Originally published in   Kairos 7.1  (2002).

    Brueggemann, Brenda Jo, Linda Feldmeier White,   Patricia A. Dunn, Barbara Heifferon, and Johnson Cheu. "Becoming Visible: Lessons in Disability." Excerpted and reprinted in   Disability and the Teaching of Writing: A Critical Sourcebook. Edited by Cynthia Lewiecki-Wilson and Brenda Jo Brueggmann. Boston and New York: Bedford/ St. Martins,2008. 141-145.

    Bruggemann, Brenda Jo, Linda Feldmeier White,   Patricia A. Dunn, Barbara A. Heifferon, and Johnson Cheu."Becoming Visible: Lessons in Disability."   CCC The Journal of the Conference on College Composition and Communication  52.3 (February, 2001): 368--398. Reprinted in   Relations, Locations, Positions: Composition Theory for Writing Teachers. Eds. Peter Vandenberg, Sue Hum, Jennifer Clary-Lemon. Urbana, IL: NCTE, 2006: 500-534.

  • Other Publications

    OTHER PUBLICATIONS

    Dunn, Patricia A. “Disabling Assumptions” column in English Journal (2013-Present).

    Dunn, Patricia A.   “Three Things My Ukulele Taught Me about Writing.”  [Editorially reviewed blog] Teachers, Profs, Parents: Writers Who Care. 13 April 2015.

    Dunn, Patricia A.   "Does Bad Grammar Instruction Make Writing Worse?"  [Editorially reviewed blog] Teachers, Profs, Parents: Writers Who Care. 27 January, 2014.

    Dunn, Patricia A.   "Engagement as Enzyme for Learning: Are Students Excited about Writing?"  [Editorially reviewed blog] Teachers, Profs, Parents: Writers Who Care. 23 Oct. 2013

    Dunn, Patricia A. “Re-Seeing (Dis)Ability: Ten Suggestions.” (EJ In Focus).   English Journal  100.2 (November 2010): 14-26. This was part of a special issue of   English Journal on disability that I guest edited: “Re-Seeing (Dis)Ability,” November, 2010.

    Dunn, Patricia A. “Educating the Public about Best Practices in English Language Arts.”   The Language Arts Journal of Michigan  22.1 (Spring/Summer 2006. Release date: Fall 2006): 13-17.

    Dunn, Patricia A. “Beyond Print-Based Learning in the English Language Arts: Challenging All Our Students.”   Illinois English Bulletin  92.2 (Spring 2005): 15-26.

    Dunn, Patricia A. “Choosing Novels to Expand Perspectives.” (Letter to the Editor)   English Journal  93.6 (July 2004): 9.

    Dunn, Patricia A. and Thornton, Kathleen K. “Student Writing and Teacher Commentary: Product-Based Versus Writer-Based”   English in Texas  23.4 (Summer 1992): 27-32.

    Dunn, Patricia A. "Rock Music, Student Texts, and Literary Theory,"   The English Record  40.4 (1990): 21-25.

  • Invitational Presentations (Selected)

    INVITATIONAL PRESENTATIONS (SELECTED)

    Keynote Speaker at North Carolina English Teachers Association (NCETA) Conference. Conference Theme: Co-sponsoring Literacy Across the Curriculum. Presentation title: “Multiple Literacies for Writing and Revising Across the Curriculum.” Charlotte, NC. September 29, 2012.

    Webinar for National Council of Teachers of English. Disability and the Teaching of English. February 23, 2011.

    Keynote Speaker at The Second Annual Mary Louise White Symposium. “The Role of Multiple Literacies in Learning and Writing.” SUNY Fredonia, Fredonia, NY. March 9, 2007.   View Podcast

    Led two-day workshop for teachers (with Ken Lindblom). Shawnee State University, Portsmouth, Ohio. June 23-24, 2005.

    Keynote Speaker at Illinois Association of Teachers of English Fall 2004 Conference. "Beyond Print-Based Learning in the English Language Arts: Challenging All Our Students.” October 15, 2004. Oakbrook, Illinois.

    “Multiple Literacies in College English Classes: Working with Language-Related Learning Disabled Writers and all Writers.” One-hour presentation and workshop at Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, IL. February 21, 2002.

    "Tutoring and Teaching Writing for Students With Learning Disabilities." Two-hour workshop at The Ohio State University Writing Center. September 18, 2000.

    “Challenging Pedagogies: Using Multisensory Classroom Strategies to Help All Students Read, Write, and Speak Better.” Keynote speaker and presenter at day-long workshop. The Connecticut Writing Project Fall Conference. October 16, 1998.

  • Selected National Presentations

    SELECTED NATIONAL PRESENTATIONS

    “Young Adult Novels and Characters with Disabilities: Challenging or Cementing Stereotypes?” Paper accepted for NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) Conference, November, 2015.

    “Disabled Characters in Literature: What Messages Do They Reinforce and What Critical Questions Can We Pose?” Paper accepted for IFTE/CEE Conference (International Federation for the Teaching of English/Conference on English Education), Fordham University, July 7, 2015.

    "Open Access" and "Access for Disability": Conflicts, Intersections, Transformations. Paper presented at 2014 Conference on College Composition and Communication. March 20, 2014. Indianapolis.

    "Examining Disability-Themed YA Novels and Their Reception Documents from a Disability Studies Perspective." Presentation at the Conference on English Education. June 28, 2013. Fort Collins, CO.

    “Advocacy and Education: Teaching Legislators about Teaching.” Presentation accepted for National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Conference. Nov 18, 2012. Las Vegas, NV. This panel was part of a special session, “College Forum Presents: Current and Proposed Legislation, Higher Education, and Advocacy: Entering the Conversation.” With Duane Roen, Kent Williamson (Executive Director of NCTE), Barbara Cambridge (NCTE Washington Office), and Carolyn Calhoon-Dillahunt.

    “A Backstage Tour of Grammar Rants for Teaching Writing.” Presentation with Ken Lindblom at NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) Conference. Chicago, IL, November 19, 2011.

    “Using Grammar Rants to Develop Critical Thinking and Savvy Writing.” Paper co-presented with Ken Lindblom at NCTE’ Conference on English Education Conference, Fordham University, New York. June 18, 2011.

    “Challenging Society’s Unarticulated Assumptions about Language, Grammar(s), Intelligence, and Morality.” Paper presented at 2011 Conference on College Composition and Communication. Atlanta. April 2011.

    “Using Grammar Rants to Develop Critical Thinking.” Paper presented at 2010 NCTE Conference. Orlando, FL. November 10, 2010.

    “Reducing Stigma and Challenging All Writers: Multi-Modal Invention Strategies.” Paper presented at 2010 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), March 18, 2010. This was part of a featured panel at CCCC, “Disability Studies Meets Composition: New Questions for Theory, Practice, and Research.”

    “Grammar, Grammars and the Teaching of Writing.” Presented at 2009 National Council of Teachers of English Conference (NCTE). Nov. 21, 2009. Philadelphia, PA.

    “Exposing Judgments about Morality in Public Discourse on Grammar.” Presented at 2009 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). March, 2009. San Francisco.

    “Teaching/Evaluating New Teachers on Issues of Grammar and Writing.” Presentation (with Marie Jordan-Whitney) at National Council Teachers of English (NCTE) Conference. San Antonio, TX. November 22, 2008.

    "Are Methods Courses Conflicts of Interest? Educating or Enabling Pre-Service Teachers?" (Paper presented as part of panel entitled, "Entangling Alliances: Where Should English Teachers Educators' Loyalties Lie?") National Council Teachers of English (NCTE) Conference, New York, NY. November 17, 2007.

    “Analyzing Published Complaints about Language Use: Empowerment through Rhetorical Analysis.” Presentation at Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). New York City. March 24, 2007.

    “The Neglected NCTE/IRA Standard: Students Writing for Their Own Purposes.” Presented at National Council Teachers of English (NCTE) Nashville. November 18, 2006.

  • Courses Taught at Stony Brook

    COURSES TAUGHT AT STONY BROOK

    EGL 593:  Problems in Teaching Literature: Teaching College English

    EGL 585:  Disability Language, Rhetoric, and Narrative

    EGL/WRT 592:  Problems in Teaching Writing

    EGL/WRT 613:  Research in Composition

    EGL/WRT 612:  Theories of Composition

    WRT 392:  Problems in Mentoring Writers

    EGL 360:  Adolescent Literature

    EGL 441/449:  Methods of Teaching Literature and Composition

    EGL 454/CEE 590  Student Teaching Seminar

    EGL 451-2 and CEQ 591-2  Supervised Student Teaching

    Grammar Controversies:  Contemporary Research and Debates (online summer course)

    Global Studies 102

  • Professional Memberships

    PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

    NCTE  (National Council Teachers of English)

    CCCC  (Conference on College Composition and Communication)

    NYSEC  (New York State English Council)

    CEE  (Conference on English Leadership, part of NCTE)

    SDS  (Society for Disability Studies)

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