Presenter Bios

Robin Dissin Aufses

Robin Dissin Aufses

Robin Dissin Aufses served as the English department chair at John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore, New York, for ten years and is now English department chair at the Lycée Français de New York. She is a coauthor of The Language of Composition: Reading, Writing, Rhetoric as well as the new publication, Literature and Composition. Aufses also has published articles for the College Board on the novelist Chang Rae Lee and the novel All the King's Men, and is a guest blogger at GothamSchools.org and highschoolbits.com.

Betsy Barefoot

Betsy O. Barefoot

Betsy is a writer, researcher, and teacher whose special area of scholarship is the first-year seminar. During her tenure at the University of South Carolina Columbia from 1988 to 1999, she served as codirector for research and publications at the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. She conducts first-year seminar faculty training workshops around the world and is frequently called on to evaluate first-year seminar outcomes. Betsy is codirector and senior scholar at the Policy Center on the First Year of College and vice president of the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education. She currently works with both two- and four-year campuses in evaluating all components of the first year. 


Stephen A. Bernhardt

Stephen is Professor of English and the Andrew B. Kirkpatrick Chair in Writing at the University of Delaware, where he teaches composition, grammar, and technical writing. His professional interests include computers in composition/distance education, writing across the curriculum, professional and technical communication, and visual rhetoric. He has also taught at New Mexico State University and at Southern Illinois University. The author of many journal articles and technical reports, Bernhardt is also the author of Writing at Work (1997) and co-editor of Expanding Literacies: English Teaching and the New Workplace (1998). Steve designed the research plan and reworked content for this groundbreaking new handbook.


Richard Campbell

Richard Campbell is the director of the Journalism program and interim chair of the Communication department at Miami University. He has written for numerous publications, including Columbia Journalism Review, Journal of Communication and Media Studies Journal and he is on the editorial boards of Critical Studies in Mass Communication and Television Quarterly.



Jill Dahlman

Jill received her BA in Writing from the University of Hawai'i at Hilo and both her MA and PhD in Composition and Rhetoric from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. Prior to her return to academia, Jill worked as a freelance feature writer for H & S Publications and as a copywriter for the local Kauai television station. Professionally, Jill has presented numerous times at the Conference of College Composition and Communication (CCCC) and the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA), and continues to alternate chair positions for the Literature and War panel for that organization. Jill is an adjunct lecturer for the University of Hawai'i system. She also works with Bedford/St. Martin's as a faculty advocate helping to develop CompClass, which she has been using since its beta version was released in 2007.

Rebecca Edwards

Rebecca Edwards

Rebecca Edwards is a Professor of History at Vassar College. Her research interests focus on the post-Civil War era and include electoral politics, environmental history, and the history of women and gender roles. She is the author of Angels in the Machinery: Gender in American Party Politics from the Civil War to the Progressive Era (1997) and New Spirits: Americans in the "Gilded Age," 1865-1905 (Second Edition, 2010). She is currently working on a biography of women's rights advocate and People's Party orator Mary E. Lease.


John N. Gardner

John has over 40 years experience directing and teaching the most widely emulated first-year seminar in the country, the University 101 course at the University of South Carolina Columbia. A recipient of his institution's highest award for teaching excellence, he is also universally recognized as one of the country's leading educators for his role in initiating and orchestrating an international reform movement to improve the beginning college experience, a concept he coined "the first-year experience." He is the founding executive director of the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at USC, the Policy Center on the First Year of College, and, most recently, the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education (www.jngi.org).

Chris Gurrie

Chris Gurrie

Dr. Chris Gurrie is an assistant professor and director of the speech communication program at The University of Tampa. Gurrie is also a member of the first year committee as well as an active advocate of first year programming. He has authored articles, chapters, and conference papers based on his research in communication, immediacy, and the first year experience. Gurrie is an active public speaker who enjoys faculty advocacy through seminars, webinars, and faculty development workshops. He enjoys travel, education abroad, and continuing his own studies.


Lynette Ledoux

As the technology training specialist at Bedford/St. Martin's, Lynette's job is to provide pedagogical support for instructors after they've decided to teach with CompClass. Because she has taught composition, technical writing, and ESL, she can help instructors adapt their existing assignments to their CompClass course spaces.


Andrea A. Lunsford

Andrea is a Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor of English and director of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stanford University and also teaches at the Bread Loaf School of English. A past chair of the Conference of College Composition and Communication (CCCC), she has won the major publication awards in both the CCCC and MLA. For Bedford/St. Martin's, she is the author of The St. Martin's Handbook (2011), Easy Writer (2010), and The Everyday Writer (2009); The Presence of Others (2008) and Everything's an Argument (2010) with John Ruszkiewicz; and Everything's an Argument with Readings (2010) with John Ruszkiewicz and Keith Walters.


Christopher Martin

Christopher Martin is a professor of journalism at the University of Northern Iowa. He has written articles and reviews on journalism, televised sports, the internet and labor for several publications including Communication Research, Journal of Communication and Culture, Sport and Society. He is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Communication Inquiry.


Suzanne McCormack. PhD

Suzanne McCormack, PhD is the Assistant Professor of History at Community College of Rhode Island.  Dr. McCormack teaches US History, Black History and Women's History. She received her BA from Wheaton College, and her MA and PhD from Boston College.




Steve McCornack

Steve McCornack is an associate professor and coordinator of the undergraduate program at Michigan State University. He received both his masters and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois before accepting his position at Michigan State in 1988. An award winning teacher and scholar, Steve has published over 20 articles in leading communication journals and has received several prestigious awards and fellowships related to his undergraduate teaching. To Steve, authoring Reflect & Relate represents the culmination of over 20 years of devout interest in how to best share knowledge of interpersonal communication theory with undergraduate students.

Mike Palmquist

Mike Palmquist

Mike Palmquist is an Associate Vice Provost for Learning and Teaching at Colorado State University and the Director of CSU's Institute for Learning and Teaching. A professor of English and University Distinguished Teaching Scholar, he is recognized nationally for his work in computer-supported writing instruction and, in particular, in designing Web-based instructional materials to support writing. His most recent Web-based projects are Writing@CSU (http://writing.colostate.edu), an open-access, educational Web site for writers and writing instructors, and the WAC Clearinghouse (http://wac.colostate.edu), the leading site for communication across the curriculum. He is the author of numerous articles and essays on writing and teaching with technology and writing across the curriculum. In 2004, he received the Charles Moran Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Field, which recognizes "exemplary scholarship and professional service to the field of computers and writing." In 2006, the CCCC Committee on Computers in Composition and Composition named him Outstanding Technology Innovator. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the National Council of Teachers of English and as chair of the NCTE's College Section. He is the author of Joining the Conversation: Writing in College and Beyond (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2010); The Bedford Researcher, Third Edition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2009); and Designing Writing: A Practical Guide (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2005).


Joanne Posa

In 2007, Joanne began working as an English instructor at Greenville Technical College in Greenville, South Carolina, as a developmental writing professor. There she serves as a member of the college's Curriculum Redesign Committee and in 2010, piloted WritingClass with College developmental English students and measured the program's positive effect on student performance outcomes. Prior to her work as an educator, Joanne worked as a business communications professional specializing in public relations (1979-2003). She is also an award-winning copywriter who continues to work as a freelance writer and communications consultant. Her work has been published in many professional journals as well as The Oregonian, The Boston Globe, and Southern Accents.


Pete Rorabaugh

Pete began teaching at Georgia Tech's School of Literature, Communication, and Culture as a Brittain Fellow in the fall of 2010. A teacher for 11 years, Pete is completing a PhD in American Literature. His pedagogy in composition classes focuses on the classical foundations of rhetoric, the writing of Malcolm X, academic blogs, and student-centered research projects. He began using CompClass in 2008 and as a faculty advocate for CompClass users at Georgia State, and has supported a group of 80 instructors and lecturers. He promoted use of CompClass, organized demonstrations of the course space, hosted Q&A sessions for experienced users, and answered pedagogical questions about CompClass functionality. He will continue to assist in CompClass pedagogical support with cooperation with Lynette Ledoux.

Lawrence Scanlon

Lawrence Scanlon

Lawrence Scanlon is retired from Brewster High School, where he taught AP English Language and Literature, and is currently teaching freshman composition at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY. He has been a reader and table leader for the Language exam for the last ten years, as well as serving on the test development committee. As a College Board consultant, he has conducted numerous AP workshops and has trained the instructors for the College Board NY State United Teachers Union collaborative course. Larry is also coauthor of The Language of Composition: Reading, Writing, Rhetoric.


Robert O. Self

Robert O. Self is Associate Professor of History and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of History at Brown University. His first book, American Babylon: Race and the Struggle for Postwar Oakland, won four professional prizes, including the James A. Rawley Prize from the Organization of American Historians. He is currently finishing a second book, to be published in 2012, entitled We Are Family: The Politics of Gender and Sexuality at the End of the American Century. He teaches courses on the postwar United States; the history of political movements; the history of gender, sex, and the family; and urban history.

Renee Shea

Renée H. Shea

Renée H. Shea is professor of English and Modern Languages at Bowie State University, and coauthor of The Language of Composition: Reading, Writing, Rhetoric and Amy Tan in the Classroom. She has served as a reader, table leader, and question leader for both AP Literature and Language readings. She most recently served as the College Board advisor for AP Language, a liaison position with the development committee for AP Language.


Nancy Sommers

Nancy Sommers, who has taught and directed composition programs for thirty years, now teaches writing and mentors new writing teachers at Harvard's Graduate School of Education. She led Harvard's Expository Writing Program for twenty years, directing the first-year writing program and establishing Harvard's WAC program. A two-time Braddock Award winner, Sommers is well known for her research and publications on student writing. Her recent work involves a longitudinal study of college writing to understand the role writing plays in undergraduate education. Sommers is the lead author on Hacker handbooks, all published by Bedford/St. Martin's, and is coauthor of Fields of Reading, Ninth Edition (2010).

Bonnie G. Smith

Bonnie G. Smith

Bonnie G. Smith (PhD, University of Rochester) is Board of Governors Professor of History at Rutgers University. She is author or editor of several books including Ladies of the Leisure Class (1981); The Gender of History: Men, Women and Historical Practice (1998); and The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History (2007). Currently she is studying the globalization of European culture and society since the seventeenth century.


Robert Strayer

Robert W. Strayer (PhD, University of Wisconsin) taught African, Soviet, and world history for many years at SUNY College at Brockport, where he received Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Teaching and for Excellence in Scholarship. In 1998 he was visiting professor of world and Soviet history at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. His scholarship includes work in African history (Kenya: Focus on Nationalism, 1975; The Making of Mission Communities in East Africa, 1978); Soviet history (Why Did the Soviet Union Collapse?, 1998; The Communist Experiment, 2007) and World History (The Making of the Modern World, 1988, 1995; Ways of the World, 2009, 2011). He is a long-time member of the World History Association and served on its Executive Committee.

GB Tran

G.B. Tran

GB Tran, the author of the Will Eisner Award-nominated Vietnamerica, was born in South Carolina, raised in Arizona, and now lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he works as a cartoonist and illustrator. A New York Foundation for the Arts fellow and the recipient of the Society of Illustrators' 2011 gold medal, he regularly addresses college and university audiences on the subject of comics.

Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks

Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks

Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison) taught first at Augustana College in Illinois, and since 1985 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she is currently UWM Distinguished Professor in the department of history. She is the coeditor of the Sixteenth Century Journal and the author or editor of more than twenty books, most recently The Marvelous Hairy Girls: The Gonzales Sisters and Their Worlds and Gender in History. She is the former Chief Reader for Advanced Placement World History.