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Professor of English (1981)
- B.A., Muskingum College
- M.A., Old Dominion University
- Ph.D., Louisiana State University
Office: Zinzendorf Hall, Room 304
Areas of Research and/or Expertise
Composition and Rhetoric; Southern American literature; 20th-century Irish literature.
Dr. Wingard has published on Southern American literature, contemporary American poetry, composition, and pedagogy. In 1996, his introductory college literature textbook/anthology, Literature: Reading and Responding to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and the Essay, was published. From his teaching of Twentieth Century British/Irish Literature, Wingard has developed a growing interest in Irish life and literature, particularly the work of W.B. Yeats. He offered a seminar in Yeats’ poetry in 1995 and led May Term trips to Ireland that year and in 1999. Since the inception of the LinC curriculum, Wingard has served as Director of Writing Across the Curriculum, through which work he has developed a new professional identity as a writing program administrator. He is active at the regional level in the Philadelphia Area Writing Program Administrators and at the national level in the Council of Writing Program Administrators and its Network for Media Action. Wingard, who has worked as a newspaper reporter and copyeditor, also teaches courses in news and feature writing and in creative nonfiction writing.
Recent Activities of Note
- Joel Wingard, professor of English and director of the Writing-Across-the-Curriculum Program, attended the Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA) annual conference, July 15-18, held this year in Philadelphia. As a member of the Philadelphia Writing Program Administrators (the first official affiliate of CWPA), which hosted this year's conference, he helped plan the conference and contributed logistic support during the conference. The 2010 conference enjoyed the largest attendance in the history of this annual event. He also participated in a panel discussion about CWPA affiliates: what PWPA in particular has done in its 10-plus years of existence, what challenges a regional affiliate faces, and what affiliates-to-be might consider as they organize themselves.
- Joel Wingard, professor of English and director of the Writing-across-the-Curriculum Program, attended the Conference on College Composition and Communication, held March 18-20 in Louisville, Ky. In a session titled "Rubrics Redux," he presented findings from the 2008 WAC assessment project that he worked on with Angela Geosits '09 as a 2008 summer SOAR project. The presentation focused on rubrics that Wingard and Geosits developed from the literature on comment and revision and applied to the data they collected.
- In addition, Joel Wingard attended the semi-annual meeting of the steering committee of the Council of Writing Program Administrators Network for Media Action, where he chaired a session about "the rhetoric of Louisville" and reviewed other concurrent sessions for the online journal Kairos.
- Joel Wingard, professor of English and director of the Writing-across-the-Curriculum Program, was a presenter on a panel about Writing Program Assessment at the fall quarterly meeting of the Philadelphia Area Writing Program Administrators, held at Drexel University. He discussed the way the Moravian College English Department's assessment process contributed to the curricular revision of its English major.
- Joel Wingard, professor of English and director of the Writing-Across-the-Curriculum Program, attended the Council of Writing Program Administrators annual conference, July 16-19, at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. While there, he participated in the "WPA Renewal Institute" for mid-career writing program administrators. He also led, with colleagues from Drexel University, Gonzaga University, and Penn State-Berks, a roundtable discussion regarding instructor comments on student writing. In addition, he helped facilitate the Network for Media Action workshop on writing for the media.
- On May 8, 2009, Joel D. Wingard, professor of English and director of the Writing-across-the-Curriculum Program, attended the spring quarterly meeting of the Philadelphia Area Writing Program Administrators (PWPA), hosted by Cabrini College, Radnor. The meeting featured presentations by some of the leading composition specialists in the area, all of whom drew upon writing programs at their institutions in discussing "Writing through a New Curriculum," the theme of the program. The presenters were Eli Goldblatt of Temple University, William Lalicker of West Chester University, Michelle Filling of Cabrini, and Ann Green of St. Joseph's University.
- Joel Wingard, professor of English and director of the Writing-Across-the-Curriculum Program, attended the sixtieth annual convention of the Conference on College Composition and Communication in San Francisco, March 11-14. He facilitated a half-day workshop sponsored by the Council of Writing Program Administrators' Network for Media Action. The workshop was part of an ongoing effort by the NMA to help writing program administrators and writing instructors affect publics—in their programs, on their campuses, and/or in their communities—through telling the stories of their assessment, research, and teaching.
- Joel Wingard also reviewed six concurrent sessions, all having to do with digital media and composition, for the online journal Kairos, and he discussed assessment with a dozen colleagues at the Small College Composition special interest group meeting.
- Joel Wingard, professor of English and director of the Writing-Across-the-Curriculum Program, will make a presentation at the 2009 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Convention to be held March 11-14, 2009, in San Francisco. His presentation will be for the session "Changing Stories through Public Assessment, Research, and Teaching: The WPA-NMA Workshop." The CCCC Convention draws college faculty members from around the world.