Michigan State University
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, and Writing Program Administration


I am currently an Associate Director of the Writing Center at Michigan State University. As an Associate Director, I help coordinate nine writing center locations on campus and on online as well as a staff of nearly 100. I am passionate about providing writing center services for all students on campus. In addition to my administrative duties, I also teach class in composition studies 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 at Case Western Reserve University, Miami University, and Wilberforce University. My teaching pedagogy reflects my commitment to a collaborative learning environment where students engage in diverse perspectives while entering broader discourses and conversations; furthermore, I encourage students to be lifelong learners and thinkers capable of understanding and creating complex arguments in an increasingly diverse and connected world.

My research interests include writing center theory and praxis as well as multimodal/multiliteracy composition and the rhetoric of national identity. In all of my work, I focus on issues of discourse communities, particularly how discourse communities are created, the standards for those communities, and how they are regulated. I am also interested in how discourse communities can be 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