SCOTT L. MILLER

 

Writing Center Director
Sonoma State University
1801 E. Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
(707) 664-4401

Education

Ph.D. in English (Rhetoric and Composition). The Ohio State University, Columbus.
Dissertation: "Parallel Worlds: Vernacular Rhetorical Traditions in the English Renaissance"

Director: Professor Nan Johnson
Committee Members: Professors Kitty O. Locker and John G. Norman

Areas of Interest: Rhetorical history & theory; composition theory & pedagogy; gender and the teaching of writing; business writing, historical and modern; technical writing; writing across the curriculum; writing center administration; Renaissance literature

M.A. in English (Composition emphasis), June 1988. Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA
M.A. Project: "Grading and the Tradition: What Is Good Writing?"

Director: Professor Karen Carlton

B.A. in English, cum laude, June 1985. Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA.

California Community College Teachers' Certification

 

Work Experience

Writing Center Director, Sonoma State University, 1997-present.

Assistant Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1995-97.

Graduate Teaching Assistant, The Ohio State University, 1990-1995.

Editorial Assistant, The Bulletin of the Association for Business Communication, 1993-94.

Assistant to Kitty O. Locker, Interim Editor of the Bulletin during 1993. Edited and proofread copy.

Assistant to the Program Chair, Conference on College Composition and Communication 1994, 1993-94.

Co-assistant to Jacqueline Jones Royster, Program Chair of CCCC 1994.

Director and Assistant Director, University Writing Center, Ohio State University, 1992-93.

Both solely and under the direction of Professor Jacqueline Jones Royster administered the Ohio State University Writing Center, which serves over 5000 students, faculty, and staff annually.

Research Assistant, Early English Composition Assessment Program, The Ohio State University, 1991-92.

Responsible for coordinating and administering ongoing university-high school collaborative effort to establish peer writing centers in area schools.

Writing-Across-the-Curriculum Consultant, University Writing Center, Ohio State University, 1991-92.

Co-administered writing-across-the-curriculum program housed in the University Writing Center.

Editor, Toyon 1988, Humboldt State University, 1987-88.

Co-edited student literary journal. Oversaw all elements of publication.

 

Publications

"Present Perfect and Future Imperfect: Results of a National Survey of Graduate Students in Rhetoric and Composition Programs." In College Composition and Communication, October 1997. With Brenda Jo Brueggemann, Bennis Blue, and Deneen M. Shepherd.

"Doing Research in the History of Business Comunication." In Business Communication Quarterly, June 1996. With Kitty O. Locker, Malcolm Richardson, JoAnne Yates, and Elizabeth Tebeaux.

"Mom." (Poem). Toyon 1987. Arcata, CA: Humboldt State University, 1987.

Ohio State University Writing Center Publications

"Student Groups: Using Collaborative Learning to Enhance Writing Instruction and Cut Down on the Paper Load." Columbus: The University Writing Center, Ohio State University, 1992. With Donna LeCourt.

"Integrating Writing into Content-Area Courses." Columbus: The University Writing Center, Ohio State University, 1992. With Andrea Lunsford and Pamela Ensinger-Antos.

"Addressing Issues of Difference in Content-Area Courses." Columbus: The University Writing Center, Ohio State University, 1992. With Pamela Ensinger-Antos.

 

Works In Progress

"Vernacular Consciousness: The Problem of Understanding and the Earliest English Rhetorics." Intended for Rhetorica.

"Seventeenth-Century English Preaching: Getting a Handle on Early Modern English Treatise Usage."

 

Conference Papers and Presentations

"Renaissance Rhetoric--Success or Failure?: Using Local Rhetorical History to Gain Insight into 'The Profession.'" Conference on College Composition and Communication, Phoenix, 1997.

"Seventeenth-Century English Preaching: Getting a Handle on Early Modern Treatise Usage." Rhetoric Society of America, Tucson, 1996.

"Studying the Self, Vicariously: Research Challenges in an Empirical Study." Conference on College Composition and Communication, Milwaukee, 1996.

"Methodology and Quantitative Results" (in roundtable entitled "Graduate Student Views of the Discipline: Results of a Nationwide Survey.") Conference on College Composition and Communication, Washington D.C., 1995.

"Local Rhetorical History in the English Renaissance: English Secretaries and Preachers." Conference on College Composition and Communication, Washington D.C., 1995.

"English Secretaries: Audience and the English Vernacular Letter-Writing Treatise, 1586-1658." Rhetoric Society of America Conference. Norfolk, 1994.

"New Waters, New Worlds: Solving Problems in Early English Maritime Commerce." Conference on College Composition and Communication. Nashville, 1994.

"The Pornography Debates: A Crisis in Feminist Rhetoric?" Invited paper. Critical Mass Reading Series. Columbus, 1994.

"Ships' Logs and the Conduct of Commerce in the Early East India Company." The Association for Business Communication Annual Conference. Montreal, 1993.

"Addressing Issues of Difference in Courses Across the Curriculum." With Pamela Ensinger-Antos. National Council of Teachers of English Conference. Louisville, 1992.

"Building a Mythos for Comp. and Lit." Conference on College Composition and Communication. Cincinnati, 1992.

"Polar Readings: Negotiating Feminist Pedagogy." Midwest Feminist Graduate Students Conference. Miami, OH, 1992.

 

Consulting/Workshops

At Sonoma State University:

"Ten Cardinal Rules for Taking Essay Exams," U102 (Elaine Sundberg and Phil McGough)

"Make Every Class a Writing Class," U102 (Brian Jersky and Joyce Chong)

"Finding a Voice to Write your MA Thesis," Kinesiology 550 (Elaine McHugh)

 

At University of Alabama at Birmingham:

"Writing to Learn: Students Write More, You Comment Less," 21st Annual UAB Articulation Conference, 1996

 

Numerous Writing-Across-the-Curriculum Workshops, The Ohio State University.

 

Teaching Experience

Writing Center Director, Sonoma State University, 1997-present. Course taught:

Seminar in Writing Techniques--English 491

Assistant Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1995-1997. Courses Taught:

Basic Writing--English 099
Freshman Composition--English 101
Freshman Composition--English 102
Research & Writing about Literature--English 392
Business Writing--English 403
Graduate-Level Independent Study: Modern Rhetorical Theory--English 597

Teaching Assistant, The Ohio State University, Department of English, 1990-95. Courses taught:

Introductory Composition--English 110
Introductory Composition--Honors section--English H110
Business Writing--English 304
Intermediate Writing/The U.S. Experience--English 367.01
Intermediate Writing/Rhetorical Theory--English 367.06

Technical Writing and Editing (co-taught with Kitty O. Locker)--English 405

Writing Tutor, The Ohio State University Writing Center, 1991.

Instructor, Las Positas Community College, Livermore, CA, 1989-90. Courses taught:

Basic Writing
Introductory Composition

Master Tutor, Humboldt State University Tutorial Center, 1987-88.

Teaching Assistant, Humboldt State University, Department of English, 1986-87. Course taught:

Introductory Reading and Composition--English 100

Tutor, Humboldt State University Basic Writing Program, 1986-88.

 

Professional Service

Committee Member, Writing Coordinators' Committee, 1997-present, Sonoma State University.

Committee Member, Freshman Composition Committee, 1995-1997, University of Alabama at Birmingham English Department.

Committee Member, Writing-Across-the-Curriculum Committee, 1995-, University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Committee Member, Curriculum and Educational Policies Committee, 1996-, UAB School of Arts and Humanities

Graduate Representative, Council of Graduate Students, The Ohio State University, 1992-93.

Graduate Representative, sitting on Rhetoric and Composition departmental committee, The English Department, OSU, 1992-93.

Co-author, Grant Continuation Proposal, Early English Composition Assessment Program, The Ohio Board of Regents, June 1993. With Todd English.

Academic Success Committee, Ohio State University, 1992-93. Ad hoc university committee on retention of at-risk students.

 

Professional Associations

National Council of Teachers of English
Rhetoric Society of America
Modern Language Association
Association for Business Communication

 

Honors and Awards

Summer Dissertation Research Fellowship, The Ohio State University, summer 1994.

Rhetoric and Composition Academic Challenge Grant, 1994, The English Department, The Ohio State University.

Rhetoric and Composition Academic Challenge Grant, 1993, The English Department, The Ohio State University.

Rhetoric and Composition Academic Challenge Grant, 1993, The English Department, The Ohio State University. With Brenda Jo Brueggemann and Bennis Lathan.

 

References

Professor Nan Johnson, Department of English, The Ohio State University. 614-292-6065.

Professor Andrea A. Lunsford, Vice Chair for Rhetoric and Composition, Department of English, The Ohio State University. 614-292-6065.

Professor Jacqueline Jones Royster, Department of English, The Ohio State University. 614-292-6065.

Professor Kitty O. Locker, Department of English, The Ohio State University. 614-292-6065.

Professor Brenda Jo Brueggemann, Department of English, The Ohio State University. 614-292-6065.

Professor John G. Norman, Department of English, The Ohio State University. 614-292-6065.

 

Dossier available upon request.