Composition Program Contacts
Dr. Beth Willey, Director of Composition
I received my PhD in Comparative Literature and Theory from Northwestern University in 1993 and have been teaching at the University of Louisville since 1996. In my 20 years here, I have taught a range of classes from ENGL 101 and 102 to graduate level seminars in Postcolonial literature and theory. While my main research interest is in African literature and film, I have dedicated a great deal of my career at UofL to service commitments that stress the importance of Undergraduate education. I have served as the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the English dept. twice; and I have served on a number of University –wide committees centered on the undergraduate experience: The Undergraduate Council, Faculty Senate, the Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee, the General Education Committee, The Advising Council, The Transfer Services Committee and the I2A and 2016 QEP committees. Given my interest in undergraduate education, I am excited to be able to take on the responsibility of directing the Composition Program—by any measure, the lynchpin of the undergraduate experience at UofL.
Linda Baldwin, Administrative Specialist
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.
Michael Baumann, Assistant Director of Composition
OFFICE HOURS: Thursdays 2:00-4:00 p.m.
As a second-year PhD student in Rhetoric and Composition at UofL, I've returned to my home state, Kentucky. I earned my MA (also in R&C) from Ohio University and BAs in English literature and Communication from Marian University, Indianapolis. I also teach at the Indiana Writers Center and have worked in undergraduate writing centers. At UofL, I research composition pedagogy as I see it intersecting with critical, cultural studies of identity with special foci in digital writing and queer sexuality.
Michelle Day, Assistant Director of Composition
OFFICE HOURS: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 1:00-2:00 p.m.
I am a second-year PhD student in the Rhetoric and Composition program, and have been teaching at UofL since 2013. My research interests include trauma and community engagement, and my non-research interests include watching a lot of Netflix and doing a range of athletic activities (including running, self-defense, and dancing).
Jamila Kareem, Assistant Director of Composition
OFFICE HOURS: Mondays 4:00-6:00 p.m.
I'm a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the Rhetoric and Composition program focusing on first-year college writers of color and their transition into college-level academic writing. I was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana where I completed my undergraduate and master's degrees. I have taught writing at U of L for two years and served as a Writing Center Consultant and the Assistant Director of the Virtual Writing Center. I am in the process of drafting my dissertation about civically responsible writing curriculum in transitioning academically marginalized Black American students to college-level academic writing.