Bruce Bowles Profile

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Dr. Bruce Bowles View CV

  • Department: Humanities
  • Assistant Professor of English
  • Room: WH-420a

Bruce Bowles, Jr. is an Assistant Professor of English and the Director of the University Writing Center. He holds a Ph.D. in English (concentration Rhetoric and Composition) from The Florida State University, an M.A. in English (concentration Rhetoric and Composition) from the University of North Carolina – Charlotte, and a B.A. in Literature from Stockton University. His research interests focus on writing assessment (in particular responding to student writing, classroom assessment, the consequences of assessment, and the epistemological underpinnings of assessment practices), writing center pedagogy and administration, and the intersection between rhetoric and public discourse. His chapter in the edited collection Bad Ideas About Writing—“The Five-Paragraph Theme Teaches ‘Beyond the Test’”—demonstrates his ongoing concern, and activism, over the consequences of our assessment practices by analyzing the persistence of such an antiquated genre in relation to standardized testing. Dr. Bowles’ classes blend lecture and discussion and focus on rhetorical awareness, critical thinking skills, and composition to examine the manner in which language influences our engagement with reality. His classes feature in-depth readings, high-level discussions, and challenging long-term projects that allow students high levels of agency while also demanding ingenuity in applying what they have learned.