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Dr. Geraldine McNenny

Associate Professor
Attallah College of Educational Studies
Expertise: Critical Discourse Analysis; Sustainability Education; Graduate Writing Instruction; Composition and Rhetorical Theory; Rhetorical Analysis
Office Location: Reeves Hall 212
First-year Foundations Program
University of Arizona, Bachelor of Fine Arts
University of Arizona, Master of Arts
University of Arizona, Ph.D.


Gerri McNenny, Ph.D., is a Rhetoric and Composition specialist and director of the Graduate Center for Resources in Education and Writing for the Attallah College of Educational Studies. She volunteered to serve as an ESL instructor in the Peace Corps, traveling to Zaire to teach English at the University of Kisangani. She has directed or assisted in the direction of writing programs at the University of Arizona, the University of Houston-Downtown, California State University, Fullerton, and here at Chapman. Her articles have appeared in Rhetoric Review, Journal of Basic Writing, Dialogue, Reflections, and Composition Forum. She also edited and contributed to the book Mainstreaming Basic Writers: Politics and Pedagogies of Access. Her areas of research include sustainability across the curriculum, service learning, learning communities, rhetorical analysis, discourse analysis, and ideological literacy. She enjoys teaching classes in critical discourse analysis, rhetorical theory and practice, rhetorical criticism, composition studies, the teaching of writing, and writing instruction at all levels.

Recent Presentations and Publications:

McNenny, G. (2011, Oct.). Imagining civilization anew: How global warming essays seek to spark visionary survivalist exigencies. Paper presented at the annual conference for the Western States Rhetoric and Literacy Conference, Tempe, AZ.

McNenny, G. (2011, Feb.). The role of graduate writing support in the Ph.D. Paper presented at the annual conference for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, San Diego, CA.

McNenny, G., Nelson, T., & Brown, S. (2010, October). Dancing with the beast: Critiquing scholarship as a reviewer for scholarly journals. Paper presented at the California Council on Teacher Education Fall Conference, San Diego, CA.

McNenny, G., Colbert, J., & McNeil, M. (2009, April). Developing public intellectuals in the Ph.D.: Research on writing and genres as social action in doctoral education. Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Association of Educational Research, San Diego, CA.

McNenny, G. (2009, March). Mapping the discipline: The graduate literature review as gateway to fields of inquiry. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, San Francisco, CA.

McNenny, G., Colbert, J., & McNeil, M. (2009, Feb.). Reconceiving the PhD in Education: Research, writing, and the formation of the public intellectual. Paper presented at the annual conference for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Chicago, IL.

McNenny, G. (2008, July). Finding the scholar within: Graduate writing program administration and support within competing activity systems. Paper presented at the National Annual Council of Writing Program Administrators Conference, Denver, CO.

McNenny, G., Colbert, J., & Osborn, J. (2008, February). Transforming the doctoral degree in Education: Teaching and learning writing without borders.  Paper presented at the Third International Writing Research Across Borders Interdisciplinary Conference, Santa Barbara, CA.

McNenny, G., Colbert, J., & McNeil, M. (2008, January). Preparing the next generation of scholars: The role of writing in the professionalization of doctoral students. Paper presented at the Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI.

McNenny, G., & Osborn, J. (2007, July). Conceiving graduate writing: Where are we going? Where have we been? Paper presented at the National Council of Writing Program Administrators’ Annual Conference, Tempe, Arizona.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications