Tracy Morse

Associate Professor
Bate 2210


Tracy Ann Morse serves as Director of Composition/Writing Foundations. She teaches courses in first-year writing and undergraduate and graduate courses in rhetoric and composition. Her research interests include composition theory and practice; writing program administration theory and practice; religious rhetoric, especially in the American deaf community; and disability studies. Her work has appeared in Rhetoric Review, Disability Studies Quarterly, inventio, and Journal of Teaching Writing.


  • B.A. Chapman University
  • M.A. Chapman University
  • Ph.D. University of Arizona

Research Interests

  • Composition Theory and Pedagogy
  • First-Year Writing
  • Deaf Studies
  • Disability Studies

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 8600: Seminar in Writing Studies and Pedagogy: Writing Program Administration
  • ENGL 7975: Developmental English in the Two-Year College
  • ENGL 6625: Teaching Composition, Theory and Practice
  • ENGL 2201: Writing About the Disciplines
  • ENGL 1100: Foundations of College Writing

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Reclaiming Accountability: Using the Work of Re/Accreditation to Improve Writing Programs. Eds. with Wendy Sharer, William Banks, and Michelle F. Eble. Utah State Press. 2016.
  • Signs and Wonders: Religious Rhetoric and the Preservation of Sign Language. Gallaudet University Press. 2014.
  • Critical Conversations About Plagiarism. Eds. with Michael Donnelly, Rebecca Ingalls, Joanna Castner Post, and Anne Meade Stockdell-Giesler. Parlor Press. 2013.
  • “The Perilous Vision of the WPA OS.” With Teresa Grettano and Rebecca Ingalls. The WPA Outcomes Statement: A Decade Later. Eds. Nicholas Behm, Gregory Glau, Deborah Holdstein, and Duane Roen. Parlor Press. 2013.
  • “‘The Making of a Great Idea’: Cultivating Seeds of Change in the First Year Writing Classroom.” Journal of Teaching Writing 25.2 (with Rebecca Ingalls)
  • “A Blending of WAW and WID to Fill the Gap: Writing About the Disciplines.” Council of Writing Program Administrators Conference. Raleigh, NC, July 2016.
  • “Using Professional Development Opportunities to Achieve Harmony.” Conference on College Composition and Communication: “Risks and Rewards of University-Wide Professional Development on Teaching Writing,” Tampa, FL, March 2015.
  • Featured Panel “A Cross-Institutional Conversation about Writing in the Disciplines” (with Susan Miller-Cochran and Jessica Saxon). North Carolina Symposium on Teaching Writing, North Carolina State University, February 2015.
  • “Advocating in the Choppy Waters of the Mainstream.” Conference on College Composition and Communication: “Disabling Rhetorical Advocacy: Professional, Legal, and Pedagogical Intersections,” San Francisco, March 2009.
  • “A Rhetoric of Difference: A Reality of Disability Studies.” Conference on College Composition and Communication: “Activist Spaces for Civic Engagement,” New Orleans, April 2008.