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Faculty Bio

Bio Image Jacob Babb

Jacob Babb

Assistant Professor of English
Phone: (812) 941-2954
Office Location: KV 200 T

Academic Background

Doctorate:
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Country: United States
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Major: Rhetoric and Composition
Masters:
Western Carolina University
Country: United States
Degree: Master of Arts
Major: English
Bachelors:
Western Carolina University
Country: United States
Degree: Bachelor of Art
Major: History
Minor: English

Biography

Jacob Babb specializes in Rhetoric and Composition, a discipline that focuses on the teaching of writing, the study of rhetoric as communication, and the literacy practices in and beyond colleges and universities. Dr. Babb’s research asks how contemporary academic disciplines work (specifically rhetoric and composition, and English more broadly), both in response to the pedagogical needs of undergraduate and graduate students and the needs of external stakeholders in education, such as federal and state legislatures, professional organizations, and news media. Beyond his interest in disciplinary history, Dr. Babb also writes about spatial rhetoric and issues in writing program administration.

Dr. Babb has been teaching undergraduate writing and literature courses for ten years. At Indiana University Southeast, Dr. Babb teaches writing courses that encourage students to build their knowledge of rhetoric and multiple approaches to writing to learn to adapt to the needs of new readers and new situations. Along with Dr. Jeremy Wells, Dr. Babb is the faculty adviser for the English Club.

For more on Dr. Babb’s teaching, research, and service interests, see his curriculum vitae or his online dossier.

Professional Interests

Teaching
  • First-Year Writing
  • Composition Theory and History
  • Rhetorical Theory and History
  • Utopian and Dystopian Literature
Research
  • Histories of Rhetoric and Composition
  • Writing Program Administration
  • Writing Curricula
  • Spatial Rhetorics

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