Associate Professor

Degrees and institutions granting the degree

York University Toronto, BFA (1984)
Clarion University of Pennsylvania MA (1993)
University at Albany PhD (2000)

Professional areas of specialty

Composition and Rhetoric
Writing Center Theory and Practice
Critical Race Theory

Courses regularly taught

  • Writing Center Theory and Practice (ENG 480/880)
  • Literacy Issues and Community (ENG 482/882)
  • Rhetoric and Race (475/875)

Personal Teaching Statement

I find myself both moved and inspired by a question posed to Mary Rose O’Reilly by one of her professors, Ihab Hassan: “is it possible to teach English so that people stop killing each other?” (The Peaceable Classroom 9). So much of what I’m interested in teaching and the pedagogies I’m most interested in learning to practice center deeply around explorations not only of what the world is, but how and why our relations with and for one another came to be as they are. I’m interested in critical and composition theory and in writing for their potential not only to describe the world, but also and especially to change the world. As a teacher, I want to co-create with my students conditions in which we collectively agree rich inquiry is possible; conditions in which wonderment and curiosity are encouraged, laughter is frequent, and in which we may both seriously and playfully question received or “commonsense” notions of what constitutes literacy, the ways in which writing does or “should” circulate, and why and for whose benefit we study, write, and teach.

Selected Publications and/or projects

The Everyday Writing Center: A Community of Practice. Utah State University Press, 2007. Co-authored with Anne Ellen Geller, Michele Eodice, Meg Carroll, and Elizabeth Boquet.

“Beyond the Known: Writing Centers and the Work of Anti-Racism.” Writing Center Journal, Volume 27, No. 2, 2007.

“Dynamic Complexity: Teaching, Learning, Politics.” College Teaching, Forthcoming Spring  2008.

Frances Condon
113 Andrews
Lincoln, NE 68588-0333
(402)472-1814 (office)