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John PellJohn Pell

Associate Professor
Associate Dean, College of Arts and Science

300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
Phone: 509.777.3257
Fax: 509.777.None listed
Office Location: Westminster Hall 248


  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • M.A., Western Washington University
  • B.A., Western Washington University

Year Joined Whitworth Faculty


Areas of Specialization / Expertise

Rhetorical theory and history; composition theory and pedagogy; critical theory; pragmatism and human rights; new media and multimodal composition; and writing program administration.

Selected Publications / Presentations / Honors

Book Chapters

  • "Inventing Texts Together: Collaborative Writing in Faculty Scholarship” (with William Duffy). Working with Faculty Writers. Salt Lake City: Utah State University Press, 2012. (Forthcoming)


  • PostComposition. Sidney Dobrin. Composition Forum. (2013).
  • The Changing of Knowledge in Composition: Contemporary Perspectives, Lance Massey and Richard C. Gebhardt, eds. Teaching English in the Two-Year College. (2013)
  • The Methodical Memory. Sharon Crowley. Composition Studies. Volume 39, Number 2 (Fall 2011)


Professional Blog

  • RSABlogora - The Blog of The Rhetoric Society of America.

Selected Conference Presentations

  • “After Jon: The Colbert Report, Passion, and the Pedagogy of Parody.” Conference of Rhetoric Society of America, Philadelphia, Pennyslvania, May 24, 2012.
  • “Collaboration Beyond User Interface: Web 2.0’s Inhibiting Ethos.” 2012 Conference on College Composition and Communication, St. Louis, Missouri, March 21, 2012.
  • “Past, Present: Jane Addams’ “Women’s Memory” as Precursor to a “Women’s Empathy.” Feminisms and Rhetorics, Mankato, Minnesota, October 12, 2011.
  • “(An)Other Way: Pragmatic Empathy and Shared Meaning” (Research in Progress Presenter). CCCC Research Network Forum. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Atlanta, Georgia, April 6, 2011.
  • “Stitches of Materiality: Disruption Deviation with Visual Arguments” (Panel Chair). 2011 Conference on College Composition and Communication, Atlanta, Georgia, April 7, 2011.
  • “Las Casas at Valladolid: The Temporal Limits of Decorous Oratory.” Atlantic World Literacies International Conference, Greensboro, North Carolina, October 9, 2010.
  • “Discursive Delivery and Culture After Davidson.” Conference of Rhetoric Society of America, Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 28, 2010.
  • “The Stoic Evangelist: Las Casas at Valladolid, 1550-51.” American Society for the History of Rhetoric Symposium, Minneapolis Minnesota, May 27, 2010.
  • “Invention, Mediation, and Pragmatist Collaboration.” 2010 Conference on College Composition and Communication, Louisville, Kentucky, March 17, 2010.
  • “Community, Empathy, and the Trope of Ecological Awareness.” Feminism(s) and Rhetoric(s) Conference, Lansing, Michigan, October 7, 2009.
  • “Character Flaw: Re-Imagining Ethos as Relationship.” Conference of Rhetoric Society of America, Seattle, Washington, May 23, 2008.
  • “A Sound Community: Pragmatic Empathy as Method.” 2008 Conference on College Composition and Communication, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 2, 2008.
  • “Words That Don’t Work: A Feminist Response to Frank Luntz.” Feminism(s) and Rhetoric(s) Conference, Little Rock, Arkansas, October 4, 2007.
  • “A Story About How We Begin to (Re)member: Creating and Understanding Identity Crisis When Thinking/Writing Reflexively.” College English Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 12, 2007.
  • “Recovering an Ethic of Reflexivity: Classroom Identities Through the Lenses of Pragmatism, Intimacy, and Empathy ” (Panel Chair/Moderator). College English Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 12, 2007.
  • “The Challenges of Understanding Culture, (Re-)Building Community, and Forming Temporary Coalitions Through Ethnographic Inquiry” (Panel Chair). Conference on College Composition and Communication, Chicago, Illinois, March 22, 2006.

Invited Talks and Seminars

  • "The Faces of Facebook: Social Media Practices and the Undergraduate Experience." Student Affairs Conference, Stanford University, Stanford, California, February 14, 2012.
  • “To Do As We Say: Rhetorical Awareness in the Age of Facebook.” Keynote Lecture, Leadership Development Institute, Elon University, North Carolina, February 26, 2011.
  • “The Postmodern and the Sacred in Places of Higher Learning. ” Keynote Speaker, LIGHT Conference. Seattle, Washington, December 2006.
  • “The Intersections of Christian Thought and Contemporary Cinema.” Keynote Speaker, UCM – Seminar, Bellingham, Washington, May 2005.