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Jacob Babb Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English
Writing Program Coordinator

Knobview Hall 200P
Phone: (812) 941-2954
babbj@ius.edu

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 almost fifteen 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.

Academic Background

  • Doctorate

    • University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, United States
    • Doctor of Philosophy, Major in Rhetoric and Composition
  • Masters

    • Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, United States
    • Master of Arts, Major in English
  • Bachelors

    • Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, United States
    • Bachelor of Art, Major in History, Minor in English

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