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Peter Mortensen

Associate Provost for Academic Affairs

I provide leadership and coordination in the realm of undergraduate academic affairs, reporting to the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Innovation. In Spring 2014, my direct reporting units include the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning and the Office of Undergraduate Research. (Former reporting units include the Office of the Registrar, the Campus Center for Advising and Academic Services, and the three units that were merged to form CITL: the Center for Teaching Excellence, Online and Continuing Education, and Campus Programs on Teaching and Learning.) In addition, I convene the Council of Undergraduate Deans and serve as a Provost’s Office representative in university and campus policy conversations on a range of subjects (e.g., student academic achievement, instructional materials access, electronic identity management, and transfer course articulation). I serve as the liaison to an array of Provost-charged committees, including the Teaching Advancement Board and the Instructional Space Advisory Committee. Finally, I collaborate extensively with the Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs, who serves as liaison to the campus General Education Board and the Academic Senate Committee on Educational Policy.

Associate Professor of English

I am an associate professor in the Department of English and a core faculty member in the interdisciplinary Center for Writing Studies. My published scholarship includes Women and Literacy: Local and Global Inquiries for a New Century (co-edited with Beth Daniell, 2007), Imagining Rhetoric: Composing Women of the Early United States (co-authored with Janet Carey Eldred, 2002), and Ethics and Representation in Qualitative Studies of Literacy (co-edited with Gesa E. Kirsch, 1996), along with articles, chapters, and review essays on a range of topics in writing and rhetorical studies. Currently I am completing Manufacturing Illiteracy in the United States, a book-length study of the rhetorical and material conditions that, from the Panic of 1837 through the Great Depression, shaped public discourse on the causes and consequences of illiteracy. Past courses and seminars have focused on histories of rhetoric and literacy and on qualitative research methodologies. Graduate mentoring includes supervision of 10 doctoral dissertations and joint supervision of an additional three. For seven years (1999-2006), I directed the English Department’s Undergraduate Rhetoric Program. Long active in the Modern Language Association, I am past chair of the MLA Division on the History and Theory of Rhetoric and Composition.

Mortensen curriculum vitae (12-30-2013)