Composition Program Contacts

Dr. Brenda J. Brueggemann

Director of Composition

Humanities 321

(502) 852-6896

Email: bjbrue01@louisville.edu

Brenda is a returning native to the University of Louisville (though the plot is nowhere near as melodramatic as Thomas Hardy's novel).  She took her PhD from the University of Louisville's Department of English (in Rhetoric) in 1992 (by way of B.A. and M.A. degrees at the University of Kansas and some time teaching high school in Kansas as well).  From 1992-2012 she was a Professor of English at The Ohio State University; during her 20 years at OSU, she also served as Vice-Chair of the Department of English, Writing Program Director, Writing Center Director, Disability Studies Program Director, and American Sign Language Program Director.  She has published two single-authored books;  co-edited, edited, or collaboratively written seven books; and has many articles and essays that cover her range of academic interests:  creative non-fiction; pedagogy, especially in higher education; writing program and higher education administration; Deaf Studies; Disability Studies.  As Director of Composition, she is particularly interested in: fostering and advancing a "culture of writing" at the University of Louisville;  developing community engagement and place-based writing projects; and working with UofL's administration to create a strong support structure (for recruitment and retention) of new Cardinals on our campus.

Linda Baldwin

Administrative Assistant

Humanities 321

(502) 852-6896

E-mail: llbald01@louisville.edu

Linda Baldwin came to the English department in 1995 as Graduate Program Assistant and later took over her current position as Composition Program Administrative Assistant. Prior to 1995, Linda worked at UofL’s Medical School (Pediatrics and Pathology) and in the Office of the Vice-President for Administration. Linda received her degree in Psychology with a minor in Theatre Arts in May 05. She has written for the theatre at UofL and would love to have more time to devote to her interest in playwriting. On those rare occasions when she has free time, Linda enjoys reading, water aerobics, browsing estate sales, and planning and making home improvements.

Hollye N. Wright

Assistant Director of Composition

Humanities 319F

(502) 852-5919

Email: hnwrig01@louisville.edu

I am a third year PhD Student in Rhetoric and Composition at U of L. I received my BA in English and Humanities in 2006 from U of L, my MAT with concentration in Secondary English/Middle School Language Arts in 2008 from U of L, and my MA in English in 2010 from U of L. In addition to having teaching experience at the middle and high school level, I have taught first-year composition, dual credit first-year composition, and business writing. I am currently exploring ideas about literacy in the Advanced Placement curriculum. I am happy to assist instructors with assignment design, assessment, and using student texts in the classroom.

Stephen F. Cohen

Assistant Director of Composition

Humanities 319F

(502) 852-5919

Email: sfcohe01@louisville.edu

I’m entering my second year of PhD study in Rhetoric and Composition here at University of Louisville. Before coming to Louisville, I enjoyed working with writers individually at writing centers and as an instructor of composition courses at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and at Allan Hancock College. Some of my main interests include creating inclusive classroom environments, assignment design, and the use of student texts in the Composition class.

Brittany N. Kelley

Assistant Director of Composition

Humanities 319F

(502) 852-5919

Email: bnkell02@louisville.edu

I am entering my third year of the PhD program in rhetoric and composition here at the University of Louisville. I received my B.A. in Linguistics at Boston University and my M.A. in Rhetoric and Writing at the University of New Mexico. I have experience teaching English 101 and 102, as well as a sophomore-level expository writing course. I am currently conducting research on online fanfiction, literacy, digital/new media composition, and pedagogy. I am happy to assist instructors in assignment design, creating collaborative classroom environments, and thinking about literacy and language as firm foundations in course design. I am particularly interested in working with teachers and students to learn more about the returning veteran student population, and developing a working relationship with the Office of Veterans Affairs.

Barrie Olson

Business School Assistant Director of Composition

CBPA 387

(502) 852-4870

Email: bemead02@louisville.edu

I am a Doctoral Candidate in Rhetoric and Composition in the UofL English Department. I have a Master’s Degree in Writing from the University of Nevada, Reno and have been teaching writing in various composition programs for six years. I have also spent significant time assisting writers in writing centers both here in Louisville and in Nevada. As a researcher, I am interested in student authorship and ownership, intertextuality, and notions of “originality” in writing.