Composition Program Contacts
Dr. Brenda J. Brueggemann, Director of Composition
I am a returning native to the University of Louisville (though the plot is nowhere near as melodramatic as Thomas Hardy's novel). I took my 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 I was a Professor of English at The Ohio State University; during my 20 years at OSU, I 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. I have 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, I am 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
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 2005. 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.
Rachel Gramer, Assistant Director of Composition
I spent most of my life in Florida, where I started as an English major at Rollins College and eventually found my place in rhetoric and composition at the University of Central Florida. I learned how to be a full-time classroom teacher in a public high school and two-year college. For me, teaching is a way to support and encourage people to engage in learning that matters to them. This year, I look forward to supporting UofL composition instructors as Assistant Director of Composition and the Digital Media Research Assistant for Mary P. Sheridan. My administrative goal is to engage teachers in conversations about meaningfully incorporating digital media in their courses, which takes time and support and entails some risk-taking, too. My research goal (as I begin my dissertation, and likely for life) is to ask questions about the stories writing teachers tell about who we are, what we should be doing, and why—and to listen to the narratives that unfold and shape us all as we’re learning together.
Drew Holladay, Assistant Director of Composition
I’m a fourth-year PhD student in Rhetoric in Composition at UofL. I am a Kentucky native and grew up in the southeast town of Corbin. My undergraduate degree is from Union University, where I studied on religion and English literature. I earned my MA in English here at UofL with coursework in literature, theory, and rhetoric. While in the master’s program, I worked as a writing center consultant in Ekstrom Library and taught English 101 and 102. I am currently working on my dissertation, which focuses on the use of medical language by people with mental disabilities in online communities. I’m interested in medical rhetoric, disability studies, and the rhetoric of science and technology—any intersection of science with popular culture or everyday life.
Travis Rountree, Assistant Director of Composition
I’m a third year PhD student in Rhetoric and Composition here at U of L. I was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, but earned my BA in English with an American Studies minor at James Madison University. I then earned my Masters in English at Appalachian State University with a teaching certificate in Appalachian Studies. There I was a writing center consultant, a Writing Across the Curriculum consultant and the Assistant Director of Composition. I taught expository and WAC courses at ASU during my 9 year tenure there. In addition, I also taught an Appalachian Studies humanities course at Caldwell Community College and Institute. I am interested in place-based learning in the composition classroom as well as public rhetorics.
Kathryn Perry, Business School Assistant Director of Composition