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Lisa L J Beckelhimer

Title: Educator Professor
Office: 367 McMicken Hall
Tel: 513-556-3955
Email: lisa.beckelhimer@uc.edu

I spent the first 12 years of my career as a professional writer and editor in marketing and public relations, and then began teaching full-time in the College of Arts & Sciences in 2001. Currently, I teach English Composition and serve as the Director of Undergraduate Studies for English. My work has been published in journals such as English Journal, CEA Forum, and The Ohio Journal of English Language Arts, and by trade magazines such as Writer's Digest school publications and Byline magazine for writers. My textbook, Sports Talk, was published by Pearson Longman in fall of 2008. My interests include visual rhetoric; the rhetoric of popular culture (especially sports and TV); historical rhetoric, especially that related to 9/11 and contemporary history; online writing instruction; and public composing in digital media such as blogs and videos.  

Education

  • M.A. English Education, Northern Kentucky University, 1997.
  • B.A. Communications/Journalism, Evangel University, Springfield MO, 1989.

Research Information

Research Interests

Recent publications include: "Purpose Beyond Their Years: Students Analyze Future Genres" and "From Hitler to Hurricanes, Vietnam to Virginia Tech: Using Historical Nonfiction to Teach Rhetorical Context" for English Journal;  "Through Basements and Passed Spiders: My Route to College Teaching," " 'Oh Captain, My Captain': Inspired Teaching Places Focus on Student Writing," "From Memoirs to Museums: Enhancing Rhetorical Awareness through Public Texts," and "Off the Field and Into the Classroom: Using Sports Literature to Prompt Critical Thinking and Deep Feeling from Students" for the Ohio Journal of English Language Arts; and "Problem-Based Composition: The Practical Side" for CEA Forum.

Recent presentations include: "Running in Circles: Keeping Up and Staying Ahead in the Race to Offer Writing Courses Online" at the College English Association of Ohio spring conference; "Beyond the Generic Research Essay: Developing a Core of Critical Analysis" at the convention of the Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts; "Renewing Purpose: Public Writing as Social Engagement" at the Conference on College Composition and Communication; "Analyze Now, Participate Later: Authentic Historical Texts Lead Students to Become Socially Engaged Writers" and "From Temples to Texting: Public Writing as Social Activity" at the National Council of Teachers of English national conferences; "Teaching the 21st Century Student: Promoting Critical Analysis Through Public Writing" at the Ohio First Year Summit; and "Virtual Literacy: Effective Writing and Learning Online" at the Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts conference.

Recent service to my department, university, and community includes service on: Teaching & Technology Committee; Learning Communities Peer Leader Training Faculty Connections Panel; Athletics Advisory Council; Faculty Senate Information Technologies Committee; University Libraries Committee; University Branding Committee; Calendar & Examinations Committee; Arts & Sciences Decanal Review Committee; Composition Advisory Committee;  Youth Staff Advisory Committee at Lakeside Christian Church; and Woodland Middle School PTA scholarship essay reader.

Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • “ ‘Oh Captain, My Captain’: Inspired Teaching Places Focus on Student Writing.” Ohio Journal of English Language Arts. Vol. 50 No. 1, Fall 2010.
  • “From Hitler to Hurricanes, Vietnam to Virginia Tech: Using Historical Nonfiction to Teach Rhetorical Context.” English Journal. Vol. 99 No. 4, March 2010.
  • “From Memoirs to Museums: Enhancing Rhetorical Awareness through Public Texts” with Michele Griegel-McCord and Cynthia Ris. Ohio Journal of English Language Arts. Vol. 49 No. 2, Summer/Fall 2009.
  • “Problem-Based Composition: The Practical Side” with Bill Zipfel, Ron Hundemer, and Judy Sharp. CEA Forum, College English Association, Fall 2007.
  • “Off the Field and Into the Classroom: Using Sports Literature to Prompt Critical Thinking and Deep Feeling from Students.” Ohio Journal of English Language Arts. Vol. 47 No. 2, Summer/Fall 2007.
  • “In Others’ Words: Writing Like the Opposition Aids Students in School, Workplace, and Life.” Ohio Journal of English Language Arts. Vol. 45, Number 1, Fall 2004/Winter 2005.
  • "Purpose Beyond Their Years: Students Analyze Future Genres." English Journal. Vol. 101 No. 2, November 2011.
  • "Through Basements and Passed Spiders: My Route to College Teaching." Ohio Journal of English Language Arts. 4Sites section. Issue theme: The Well-Prepared Teacher. Vol. 52 No. 1, Winter/Spring 2012.

Books

  • Sports Talk. A Longman Topics Series Reader. New York: Pearson Longman, 2008.

Fiction

  • “Granny’s Letters.” Short fiction for young adults. The Conqueror, September/October 2002: 6-7.
  • “Band Hall.” Short fiction for young adults. The Conqueror, September/October 2001: 8-9.

Popular Magazine Article

  • “From Fact to Fiction: Making a Successful Transition from Non-Fiction to Fiction Writing.” Writer’s Forum, a publication of Writer’s Digest School. Vol. 34, No. 2, Spring/Summer 2004.
  • “Inexpensive Interviews,” Byline magazine for writers, November 2000: 10-12.

Review

  • “Book Review: Empathic Teaching: Education for Life, by Jeffrey Berman.” CEA Forum, College English Association, Vol. 34 No. 2, Summer/Fall 2006.

Textbooks Edited

  • Student Guide to English Composition 101 & 102. Editor (with Katharine Polak, Molly Oberlin, Joyce Malek). Plymouth, Michigan: Hayden McNeil, 2008.

Experience & Service

Work Experience

  • 08/15/2017Director of Undergraduate Studies, University of Cincinnati.