Composition Program Contacts

Dr. Beth Willey

Director of Composition

Humanities 320
(502) 852-6896

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

Humanities 315C

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

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Humanities 333
(502) 852-6060

OFFICE HOURS:  T/Th 10-12 (FALL 2017)

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.

Megen Boyett

Assistant Director of Composition

Humanities 333

OFFICE HOURS:  T/Th 12:30-2:30 (FALL 2017)

I'm a second year PhD student in the Rhetoric and Composition program. I completed my Master's at UofL, and have been teaching here since Fall 2014. My research interests include transnational feminism studies and bringing community engagement projects into the classroom. I'm also invested in motherhood studies, both on and off campus: have two little boys who amaze me everyday. I'm thrilled to join the ADC team this year! 

Michelle Day

Assistant Director of Composition


Humanities 333
(502) 852-6060

OFFICE HOURS:  M/W 12-2 (Fall 2017)

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).