Tim Gustafson

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Department of Writing Studies .

315 Pillsbury Dr SE


I earned my Ph.D. in English from the University of Iowa in 1995, where I taught as a graduate instructor in the Rhetoric and General Education programs.  My focus in graduate studies included rhetorical and translational issues in Anglo-Saxon and biblical texts, as well as the oral and written traditions of English folk ballads. After a two-year stint as an assistant professor at a tiny liberal arts college on the east coast, I came to the U of M in 1997. 

My work as a writing teacher and administrator has piqued my interest writing across the curriculum, as well as the institutional history and place of composition studies, and the evolving possibilities of digital technologies for writing instruction. My teaching in First-Year Writing recently has revolved around themes of sustainability. 

Outside of academe, I enjoy camping, canoeing, and traveling with my wife and two kids.  I'm a baseball fan, and I compulsively write songs and play guitar in a couple of bands.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph D.: English, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 1995.

Curriculum Vitae

Courses Taught
  • University Writing; Technical and Professional Writing; Shakespeare; Practicum in the Teaching of English (grad); Preparing Future Faculty:Teaching in Higher Education (grad)
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Local Arrangements Chair, WPA 2009: Led local organizing for national conference, workshop, and institutes of the Council of Writing Program Administrators , 6/2006 - 8/2009
  • Member: Council of Writing Program Administrators
  • International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference: Conference Planning Committee , January 2013 - June 2014
  • Gustafson, Tim A, Chris Anson, moderator. "Another WWW: Writing With Wikis," Teaching Composition, an online newsletter and discussion group. Sponsored by McGraw-Hill, Dec 2005/Jan 2006. Link
  • "A Sociocultural Approach to Using Web 2.0 Technologies in First-Year Writing.": Gustafson, Tim, Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch, Thomas Reynolds, and Kimberly Schultz Miller, Fountainhead Press, Web 2.0 Applications for First-Year Composition Assignments, 134-146, 2012.