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Michigan State University
Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Joseph Cheatle
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Joseph Cheatle

Associate Director of the Writing Center

Graduate Faculty

Office: 300 Bessey Hall

Email: cheatlej@msu.edu

Twitter: @jjcheatle

Website: http://cheatlej.msu.domains


Research Areas

Writing Center Studies, Digital Composition, Writing Program Administration, Technical and Professional Communication, and Writing Across the Disciplines




I am currently an Associate Director of The Writing Center at Michigan State University. As an Associate Director, I help coordinate ten writing center locations on campus and online with a staff of nearly 100. I helped strengthened collaborations with partnerships across campus and piloted the Multimedia Writing Center. I am also taking part in a Creating Inclusive Excellence Grant that seeks to enhance international student education and experiences at MSU. In addition to my administrative duties, I also teach composition courses for graduate students and the peer tutor training course for undergraduate students.

I earned my Ph.D. in English from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. I have previously taught professional communication classes at Case Western Reserve University and composition courses at Miami University and Wilberforce University. My teaching pedagogy reflects my commitment to a collaborative learning environment where students enter multiple discourses while engaging with diverse perspectives; furthermore, I encourage students to be lifelong learners and thinkers capable of understanding and creating complex arguments in an increase diverse and connected world.

My research interests include writing center theory and praxis as well as multimodal/multiliteracy composition and writing across the disciplines. In all of my work, I focus on how students enter a variety of discourse communities, the standards of the communities, and how they are regulated. I am also interested in how discourse communities are challenged and contested.


Representative Work

Forthcoming Joseph Cheatle and David Sheridan. “Multimodal Composing: Beyond the Text.” WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship. Special Issue: Multimodal Writing in the Writing Center; Relationships, Roles, and Responsibilities. March/April, 2018.

2017 "Challenging Assumptions About ELL Students in the Writing Center." Praxis: A Writing Center Journal. 14.3 (Summer 2017): 21-31.

2016 Megan Jewell and Joseph Cheatle. “Toward a Professional Consultant’s Handbook: Researching Support and Training Methods.” WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship. 41.3-4: 10-17.

2015 Joseph Cheatle and Margaret Bullerjahn. "Undergraduate Student Perceptions and the Writing Center." WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship 40.1-2: 19-26.

2015 "Home and Abroad: Richard Wright, James Baldwin, and Two Perspectives of Race." American Writers in Exile. Salem Press/Grey House Publishers, 2015. 54-72.

2014 Review of: Cirino, Mark. Ernest Hemingway: Thought in Action. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2012. The Hemingway Review. 33, 2 (Spring 2014): 158-60.

2014 Daniel Cobb, Joseph Cheatle, and Kyle Field. “‘Born in the opposition’: D’Arcy McNickle, Ethnobiographically.” Beyond Two Worlds. State University of New York Press, 2014. 253-268.

Sample Courses Taught

WRA878 Composition Studies: Issues, Theory, and Research
WRA395 Writing Center Theory and Practice