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Michael Bunn

Associate Professor (Teaching) of Writing

Contact Information
E-mail: bunnm@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-1980
Office: JEF 150

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Curriculum Vitae
 

Education

Ph.D. Joint PhD in English & Education, University of Michigan, 2010
M.F.A. Creative Writing - Fiction, University of Pittsburgh, 2003
B.A. English, Santa Clara University, 1997
 

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Lecturer I, University of Michigan, Fall 2004   
Adjunct Instructor, University of Pittsburgh, 2003-2004   
 

Conferences and Other Presentations

Conference Presentations

""Transitioning from ‘Training’ to ‘Mentoring’: Fostering Collaboration with Graduate Student Instructors" ", Conference on College Composition and Communication, Talk/Oral Presentation, Tampa, FL, NCTE, Invited, 03/18/2015-03/21/2015  
""Reading, Stealing & Modeling: Teaching Students to Read Like Writers." ", Conference on the Teaching of Writing , Talk/Oral Presentation, Storrs, CT, University of Connecticut, Invited, 04/04/2014  
""Top Tactics for Training Teaching Assistants"", TeamUP Fall English Composition Conference, Talk/Oral Presentation, San Antonio, TX, Cengage Learning, Invited, 11/20/2013-11/22/2013  
""Reading Like a Writer in the Composition Classroom"", Conference on College Composition and Communication , Roundtable/Panel, Las Vegas, NV, NCTE, Invited, 03/13/2013-03/16/2013  
""The Transition to Parentheses: New Boundaries for a Non-Tenure-Track Writing Program." ", Conference on College Composition and Communication , Roundtable/Panel, St. Louis, MO , NCTE, Invited, 03/21/2012-03/24/2012  
 

Publications

Book Chapter

Bunn, M. T. (2011). "How to Read Like a Writer.". pp. 71-86. Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing, Volume 2.
 

Journal Article

Bunn, M. T. (2016). "Re-imagining Workshop: Recognizing and Expanding the Role of Reading.". Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature Language Composition and Culture. Vol. 16 (1), pp. 53-71.
Bunn, M. T. (2014). "Response to Darryl J.M. Balacanao". College Composition and Communication. Vol. 65 (4), pp. 675-678.
Bunn, M. T. (2013). "Motivation and Connection: Teaching Reading (and Writing) in the Composition Classroom". College Composition and Communication. (64:3 February 2013), pp. 496-516.
Bunn, M. T. (2011). "Reading Visual Rhetoric in Composition Courses: Adopting an Approach that Helps Students Produce Their Own Visual Discourse.". Reader: Essays in Reader-Oriented Theory, Criticism, and Pedagogy. Vol. 61, pp. 87-103.
 

New Courses Developed

WRIT 340: Writing and the Environment, Writing Program, The primary goal of this course is to help students produce clear, thoughtful, and engaging writing intended for a range of different audiences. Students will learn about various processes of reading, writing, and revising so that they can determine which methods will best assist them in particular situations both in college and after graduation—regardless of their chosen field or profession. This course is a response to the increasing prominence of environmental discussions within our civic discourse, and students’ increasing desire for a meaningful chance to study and participate in that civic discourse. "Writing and the Environment" is interdisciplinary in scope, asking students to read texts from a number of different fields. This course is open to students of every major in a conscious effort to create an academic space in which students can examine and discuss the environment from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. , 08/26/2012-  
GESM 110g Creating Art from Real Life, General Education, Created and taught an entirely new first-year seminar course exploring the creative process through which authors draw upon real-life events to produce creative texts. In addition to producing a personal essay and short story based on a single event from their own life, students analyzed a range of texts (memoirs, novels, short stories, essays, films, comedy routines, songs, etc.) that blur the distinctions between fiction and nonfiction., Spring 2016   
WRIT 150: Education and Intellectual Development, Writing Program, Created the model course description, assignment sequence, reading list, conceptual glossary, & chart of potential "Topics and Issues" for a new thematic first-year writing course., Fall 2014   
LBST 548: Contemporary Fiction in Social Context, Master of Liberal Studies, Created and taught a graduate-level literature course exploring how contemporary society and cultural identity constrain the actions of individuals. Students honed their "close reading" skills through the careful analysis of shorts stories and novels portraying the influence(s) of family, ethnicity, substance abuse, military conflict, illness, and death., 2013-2014   
 

Honors and Awards

David and Linda Moscow Prize for Excellence in Teaching Composition, University of Michigan , 2009-2010   
Rackham Humanities Research Fellowship, University of Michigan, 2009-2010   
Gayle Morris Sweetland Writing Center Junior Fellowship, University of Michigan, 2007-2008   
Faculty Honor Roll, University of Pittsburgh, Spring 2001   
 

Service to the University

Committees

Member, Instructor Training Committee Tasked with evaluating New Assistant Lecturer Orientation and WRIT:501a to determine best pedagogical practices, identify potential overlap with the Thematic Coordinating groups, and suggest ways to better mesh IAL and IFAC training., 08/28/2015-  
Chair, Faculty Development Committee Tasked with appointing committee members, planning speaking events, organizing teaching demonstrations, and producing materials that highlight exemplary pedagogical practices associated with the USC Writing Program., 04/01/2015-  
Member, Writing Program Merit Review Committee Tasked to review the teaching and service of USC Writing Program faculty members and assign an accompanying performance-based designation. , 2015-2016   
Member, Professional Development Committee Tasked with developing innovative ways for USC Writing Program faculty to share best teaching practices and to establish their place nationally within the field of Composition & Rhetoric. , 08/27/2011-05/01/2014  
Member, Curriculum & Pedagogy Committee Tasked with assessing and proposing changes for the USC Writing Program student learning outcomes and the curriculum for both lower and upper-division writing courses. , 2011-2012   
 

Other Service to the University

Master of Liberal Studies Writing Coordinator-- Provide individual writing and research support at every level of the USC MLS program by meeting with students in individual and small group sessions and by coordinating with course faculty to determine the best ways to enhance the specific writing objectives of each course., 08/24/2013-  
Faculty Advisor, AB Spring Break Service Learning Trip to Orcas Island, Spring 2016 Supervised a service-learning trip for students to spend a week working hands-on to restore the environment within Moran State Park through trail restoration and camp beautification projects. , Spring 2016   
Moderator and Judge for the University of Southern California Undergraduate Writer’s Conference student discussion panel, April 2015. , Spring 2015   
Speaker for the Master of Liberal Studies discussion session titled "Completing Your Degree On Time" , 03/23/2015  
Facilitator for the University of Southern California Freshman Orientation Micro-Seminar titled "It’s Funny Because It’s True: Comedy as Social Commentary", 08/21/2014-08/22/2014  
Speaker for Summer Orientations Faculty Showcase session titled "Living the (Required) Writer’s Life at USC" , 06/19/2014  
Speaker for Summer Orientations Faculty Showcase session titled "The Transition from High School to College-Level Writing", 06/27/2013  
Moderator & Judge for the University of Southern California Undergraduate Writer’s Conference student discussion panel, April 2013., Spring 2013   
Facilitator for the University of Southern California Freshman Orientation Micro-Seminar titled "Laughing Your Way to Change: Using Humor to Engage With Social Issues" on August 24, 2012., 08/24/2012  
Moderator & Judge for the University of Southern California Undergraduate Writer’s Conference student discussion panel, March 2012., Spring 2012   
Facilitator for the University of Southern California Freshman Orientation Micro-Seminar titled "Funny or Offensive?: The Blurry Line Between Comedic Critique and Cultural Insult " on December 4, 2011., 12/04/2011  
Facilitator for the University of Southern California Freshman Orientation Micro-Seminar titled "You Can’t Say That, Can You?: Comedy as Social Critique" on August 18 & 19, 2011., 08/18/2011-08/19/2011  
Facilitator, New Assistant Lecturer Orientation Planned and co-facilitated a two-week orientation for new USC graduate writing instructors covering topics such as assignment design, classroom management, assessment and grading of student writing, and discussion facilitation. , 08/09/2011-08/19/2011  
Instructor for a series of three writing workshops for the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Summer Scholars Program on July 6, 13, & 20, 2011. , 07/06/2011-07/20/2011  
Facilitator for the University of Southern California Undergraduate Writer’s Conference creative writing panel session titled "Why Writing Matters" on March 30, 2011., 03/30/2011  
 

Service to the Profession

Editorships and Editorial Boards

Editorial Board Member, Reader: Essays in Reader-Oriented Theory, Criticism, and Pedagogy, 03/01/2013-  
 

Review Panels

Conference on College Composition and Communication, Stage 1 Reviewer for 2015 CCCC Proposals, 2013-2014   
Conference on College Composition and Communication, Stage 1 Reviewer for 2014 CCCC Proposals, 2012-2013   
Conference on College Composition and Communication, Stage 1 Reviewer for 2013 CCCC Proposals, 2011-2012   

Other Service to the Profession

Founder, CCCC Special Interest Group "The Role of Reading in Composition Studies" Created and will co-facilitate an annual special interest group exploring the place of reading within writing classrooms and composition scholarship. Beginning at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in St. Louis, MO, March 2012. , 03/22/2012-  
 
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