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

Associate Director of the Writing Center

Office: 300 Bessey Hall

Email: cheatlej@msu.edu

Twitter: @jjcheatle



Research Areas

Writing Center Studies, Professional Writing, Digital Rhetoric, 20th Century British and American Literature, Gender and Sexuality Studies


Joseph Cheatle is an Associate Director of the Writing Center. He earned his Ph.D. in 2014 in English from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He has previously taught as a Lecturer of Professional Communication at Case Western Reserve University, and has worked in the writing centers at Miami University and Case Western Reserve University. His teaching interests include writing center theory and praxis, composition and rhetoric, professional writing, and the rhetoric of identity and nationality. His current projects are a writing center handbook for professional and graduate student consultants, mining big data to assess writing centers, and an examination of national identity.

Representative Work

Joseph Cheatle and Margaret Bullerjahn. “Undergraduate Student Perceptions and the Writing Center.” WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship 40:1-2 (Sept/Oct 2015): 19-26.

 Joseph Cheatle and Megan Swihart Jewell. “Toward a Professional Consultant’s Handbook: Researching Support and Training Methods.” WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship 41:3-4 (Nov/Dec 2016): 10-17.

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