Debra Journet

English Courses Recently Taught:

ENGL 302 - 75: British Literature II (Spring, 2008)
ENGL 595 - 01: Studies in Literature and Science (Spring, 2008)
ENGL 105 - 07: Advanced Composition for Freshmen - WC (Fall, 2007)
ENGL 687 - 01: Seminar in Rhetorical Studies (Fall, 2007)
ENGL 674 - 10: Digital Media and Composition (Summer, 2007)
ENGL 302 - 01: British Literature II (Spring, 2007)
ENGL 548 - 75: The Novel in the Twenty-First Century (Spring, 2007)
ENGL 105 - 06: Advanced Composition for Freshmen - WC (Fall, 2006)
ENGL 620 - 01: Research in the Composing Process (Fall, 2006)
ENGL 302 - 02: British Literature II (Spring, 2006)
ENGL 552 - 75: Special Topics in Literature in English (Spring, 2006)

Educational Background:

  • Ph.D. from McGill University

Teaching Areas:

  • Teaching interests include American poetry, modern and contemporary American literature, history and theory of the avant-garde, poetry and politics.

Research Interests:

  • Rhetoric of science.  Narrative theory.  New media genres.  Technical and scientific communication.  Science and literature. Narrative and gaming.  Multimodal Composition.  Research methodologies in rhetoric and composition. First-year composition.  Modern British literature

Professional Activities:

  • Director, 2006 Thomas R.Watson Conference in Rhetoric and Composition. "Narrative Knowledge/Narrative Action." October 5-7, 2006
  • Director, 2008 Thomas R. Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition: "The New Work of Composing." October 16-18, 2008

Honors & Awards:

  • Member, CCCC Executive Committee, 2011-2013. 2002.
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar.  Lucian Blaga University.  Sibiu Romania.
  • Fulbright Senior Specialist.  Lucian Blaga University.  Sibiu Romania.
  • Ohio State Visiting Scholar in Digital Media.
  • Four-time winner, NCTE Award for Excellence in Technical and Scientific Communication.
  • Senior Fulbright Scholar. Lucian Blaga University. Sibiu, Romania. Spring 2002. Fulbright Senior Specialist. Lucian Blaga University. Sibiu, Romania. Spring 2005.
  • University of Louisville Distinguished Teaching Professor.


Journet,  Debra, Cheryl Ball, and Ryan Trauman, Eds. The New Work of Composing. Logan, UT: Computers and Composition Digital P/Utah State UP, 2012. Web. 2012 Computers and Composition Best Book of the Year.

Journet, Debra, Beth A. Boehm, and Cynthia Britt.  (Eds).  Narrative Acts:  Rhetoric, Race and Identity, Knowledge.  Creskill, NJ:  Hampton Press.  2011,  282 pp.

“Not to the Sensual Ear:  Listening to Jensen Listening to Ratcliffe Listening to Burke.”  JAC.  Forthcoming.

“Narrative Turns in Composition Research.”  New Directions in Writing Studies Research.  Ed. Mary P.  Sheridan and Lee Ann Nickoson-Massey.  Carbondale:  Southern Illinois University Press,  2012, 13-24.

“What Constitutes a Good Story?  Narrative Knowledge in Process, Post-Process, and Post-Post-Process Composition Research.”  Beyond Postprocess.  Ed. Sidney I. Dobrin, J. A. Rice, and Michael Vastola, and Jeffrey A. Rice.  Logan:  Utah State University Press, 2011, 41-60.

“George C. Williams, Kenneth Burke, and ‘The Goal of a Fox’:  Or, Genes, Organisms, and the Agents of Natural Selection.”  Narrative.  19 (2011): 216-228.

“Across the Curriculum:  Rhetoric and Composition.”  Teaching Narrative Theory.  Ed. James Phelan, Brian McHale, and David Herman.  New York:  MLA, 2010, 61-69.  (With Beth A. Boehm)

“Literate Acts in Convergence Culture:  Lost as Transmedia Narrative.”  Rhetorics and Technologies. Ed.  Stuart Selber.  Columbia:  University of South Carolina Press, 2010, 198-218.

“The Resources of Ambiguity:  Context, Narrative, and Metaphor in Richard Dawkins’ The Selfish Gene.”  Journal of Business and Technical Communication.  24 (2010), 29-59.


"Narrative, Action, and Embodiment: The Stories of Myst.”Gaming Lives in the Twenty-First Century. Ed. Cynthia L. Selfe and Gail Hawisher. New York: Palgrave/Macmillan. Forthcoming.

“Learning While Doing:  Observations of a Multimodal Classroom.”  Multimodal Resources.  Ed.  Cynthia L. Selfe.  Cresskill, NJ:  Hampton Press.  Forthcoming.

“Metaphor, Ambiguity and Motive in Evolutionary Biology:  W.D. Hamilton and the ‘Gene’s Point of View.’”  Written Communication.  22 (2005), 379-420.  NCTE Award for Excellence in Technical and Scientific Communication:  Best Article Reporting Historical or Textual Research

“The Ethics of Reading:  Beloved in Romania."  Visions and Revisions:  Festschrift for Dumitru Cicoi-Pop.  Ed. Alexandra Mitrea.  Sibiu, Romania:  Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu Press, 2003:  23-43.