English literature of the Early
Modern Era; Shakespeare; Spenser. The History of Rhetoric and Education.
The history of Literary Theory. Language Study. Writing. London Theatre.
Teaching and Learning Theory.
Classes taught 1998-2008
English Department: English
302: Critical Practice; English 303-304: History of Literary Criticism;
English 322: The Age of Elizabeth; English 323: Shakespeare before 1603;
English 324: Shakespeare after 1603; English 330: The Romantic Age;
English 475: Colloquium in English for Teachers; English 476: Puget
Sound Writing Project Institute; English 444: London Theatre (for Literary
London, Spring 2002); English 497: Shakespeare, Spenser, and a Little
Bit of Freud;
English 501: Introduction to Early
Modern English Literature; English 508: History of Literary Criticism
II; English 520: The Seventeenth-Century; English 522: Teaching Disciplines:
Freedom and Control in English Renaissance Texts.
College of Education:
EDTEP 580-581: Teaching English/Language Arts in the Secondary School.
Humanities Center: Humanities
210, Shakespeare in Rome and Hollywood. (Co-taught with Alain Gowing,
Teaching Related Awards and Services
1986-94: Director of Expository
Writing, University of Washington, responsible both for the administration
of the University’s first-year writing program and for the training
of graduate teaching assistants in the teaching of English composition.
1996-2001: Mentor, Department
of English, University of Washington, working with second year teaching
assistants in the planning and teaching of English 111, Writing Through
1998: University of Washington,
College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum Development Grant, for planning
and teaching a demonstration section for a new writing based Junior
Seminar for English Majors. (Taught as English 302, Fall, 1999.)
1998-2001: University of Washington
Walter Chapin Simpson Humanities Center Curriculum Forum. Chair, 1998-9;
Member, 1999-2000; Co-chair, 2000-2001.
1999: Planning and Mentoring
Staff: University of Washington Institute for Teaching Excellence.
(Week-long Residential Faculty Development program initiated in
1999-2004: Member, Executive
Committee, Division on Teaching as a Profession, Modern Language Association.
2000-1: Curriculum Development
Grant, University of Washington Walter Chapin Simpson Humanities Center,
for Shakespeare in Rome (and Hollywood), with Alain Gowing, Classics.
Offered as Humanities 210, Winter, 2001.
2000-present: Faculty Director,
Puget Sound Writing Project, a professional development project building
expertise among K-12 teachers throughout Western Washington school
districts in the teaching of writing.
2001: Leader, Teachers as Scholars
seminar for K-12 teachers: Love as Theatre: The Drama of Shakespeare’s
Sonnets. Walter Chapin Simpson Humanities Center, January-February,
- 2003-present: College of Arts and Sciences Director
- 2003-present: Member, College of Arts and Sciences
Teaching Related Workshops (1999-present)
Discussion Coordinator, The
Carnegie Teaching Academy: Overview, Updates, Resources and Opportunities.
San Diego, January, 1999.
University of Washington, Institute
for Teaching Excellence. The Scholarship of Teaching, June, 1999.
Western Washington State University,
The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and Developing Course Portfolios
(co-presenter with Carnegie Scholar Deborah Wiegand, University of
Washington, Chemistry Department). November, 1999.
Linking Classroom Practice
to Student Understanding: Documentation and Assessment in the Scholarship
of Teaching and Learning (coordinated with other Carnegie Scholars),
American Association for Higher Education, New Orleans, February,
Testimony from the Front Lines:
Making a Difference, National Communications Association Conference,
Seattle, November, 2000.
Seminars on the Scholarship
of Teaching and Learning for the Office of Professional and Instructional
Development, University of Wisconsin. Madison, WI, March, 2001.
Keynote Speaker, Southwest Missouri
State University, Carnegie Academy Campus Program. Presentations on
Opening the Black Box, on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning,
and on developing Course Portfolios. Springfield, MO, April, 2001.
University of Washington, Institute
for Teaching Excellence. Teaching as Scholarly Activity, June, 2001.
Presenter, University of Washington,
Faculty Development Workshop: Understanding and Assessing Student
Learning, Cathy Beyer and Gerry Gilmore, coordinators, August, 2001.
Speaker/Presenter, Capital University
Faculty Development Seminars: Making Learning Visible: Understanding
and Assessing Student Learning; Exploring the Mystery: Letting Students
in on How We Learn; and Introducing the Scholarship of Teaching and
Learning. Columbus, OH, September, 2001.
“Documentation and Assessment
in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Linking Classroom Practice
to Student Understanding.” Workshop for the American Association
for Higher Education Conference. Phoenix, AZ, January, 2002.
Session Chair: “Defending,
Teaching, and Assessing First-Year Composition” Western States
Composition Conference, October 25, 2003.
Session Presider, “Ethical
Issues in Teaching and Learning” and “Preparing the Future
Professoriat.” Modern Language Association, December 29-30,
“Strategies for Working
with Large Classes: Or, What Else Can You Do Besides Lecture?”
Practical Pedagogy Presentation, April 15, 2004.
- Presenter, “Writing-Integrated Classrooms.” Discovery
Seminars Orientation, May, 2004.
- Co-ordinator and Presenter, “Using Effective Writing Strategies
in the Classroom.” Provost’s Annual Faculty Workshop on
Teaching and Learning, September 8, 2004.
- Developer and Head Co-ordinator, The College of Arts and Sciences
4x4 Writing-Integrated Course Design Workshops, Fall-Winter 2004-5.
- From 2005 to 2008, many UW Campus presentations to departments and
colleagues, as well as continued work with Faculty Fellows, Discovery
Seminars, and the 4x4 Initiative.
Teaching Related Papers
American Association for Higher
Education, The Black Box of Learning: Demystifying Teaching in the
College English Classroom, Washington, D.C., March, 1999.
American Speech-Hearing Pathology
Association, Making Teaching Visible: Documenting Classroom Practice
with Course Portfolios, San Francisco, November, 1999.
Last Lecture Series, University
of Washington, Inside the Black Box: Learning and Not Learning in
the College English Classroom. Seattle, May 2000.
University of Washington, Department
of English Pedagogy Seminar, Opening the Black Box: Learning and Not
Learning in the College English Classroom. Seattle, October, 2000.
National Council of Teachers
of English Conference, Effective Mentoring for College Literature
Teaching: A Roundtable. Milwaukee, November, 2000.
National Communications Association
Conference, Course Portfolios as a Model for the Scholarship of Teaching
and Learning, November, 2000.
Modern Language Association,
Learning, Mislearning, and Not Learning in a College English Classroom,
Washington, D.C., December, 2000.
Interaction between K-12 and University-Level Teachers.” National
Council of Teachers of English Conference, Baltimore, November, 2001.
“Whose poem is this Anyway?
Teaching and Learning Spenser in a survey course, Or, three things
I wish I’d understood better many years ago.” Modern Language
Association, New Orleans, December, 2001.
“Reading Reading: The
Most Important Thing I Teach,” Presentation for University of
Washington English Department Showcase Event, October 24, 2002.
- “Showing More with Less: the Single Assignment-focused Course
Portfolio,” presentation at the Colloquium on the Scholarship
of Teaching and Learning: Collaborating for Change, Washington, D.C.,
March 13-14, 2003.
- “Doing it in the Classroom: Teaching as Research.” Paper
presented at the Modern Language Association, San Diego, December, 2003.
- "The Glory Dimmed: Research meets the Scholarship of Teaching
and Learning." Paper presented at the Fourth International
Conference on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. London,
- "When 'The Center Cannot Hold': Maintaining
Administrative Coherence while Re-centering Writing." Panel Presentation
at the Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition, Louisville, KY,
October 7, 2004.
- “Who Will Teach Whom? Working with Teachers in the National
Writing Project.” Paper presented at the Modern Language Association,
Philadelphia, PA, December, 2004.
- “New Trends in the Teaching of Writing: There and Here.”
Olympia Community College, Paulsbo, Washington. October 7, 2005.
- “SoTL as Retro-fit: Deepening Faculty Development through Local
Publication of Assignment Portfolios,” International Society for
the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Vancouver, B.C., Canada. October
- “Shakespeare, Plutarch, and Elizabeth Taylor: Revisiting Shakespeare
and Rome.” University of Washington Classics Department, Annual
Conference for Teachers in the Schools, April 22, 2006.
- “Supporting Development of Writing-Integrated Courses through
the 4x4 Initiative.” 2nd Annual Conference for the Scholarship
of Teaching and Learning, University of Washington, April 25, 2006.
- “Playing the Writing Card: Fostering Change in Teachers’
Practice at an American Research-oriented State University through Writing-based
Course Design.” 6th Annual International Conference for the Scholarship
of Teaching and Learning, London, May, 2006.
- “WPAs at the Crossroads: Connecting High School and College
Writing.” Council of Writing Program Administrators’ 21st
Summer Conference, Chattanooga, July, 2006. (With Anis Bawarshi)
- “Surprised by Assessment: or How I came to love ‘The
Grid.’” Gonzaga University Faculty Convocation, February,
- “Bridging the Gap: High School Goes to College.” Ballard
High School, March, 2007.
- “Connecting to College Writing.” Seattle Public Schools,
- “Access and the Seattle DOE Summit,” NCTE, New York,
- “Have They Kept Doing It? Sustaining Faculty Change in a Learning-based
Course-Design Initiative.” Conference of the International Society
for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Sydney, Australia, June,
Teaching Related Publications
“Challenging the Commonplace:
Teaching as Conversation in Spenser’s Legend of Temperance,”
in Approaches to Teaching The Faerie Queene, David L. Miller,
ed. MLA, (1994), 82-92.
“The Elizabethan Age Portfolio:
Using Writing to Teach Shorter Elizabethan Poetry.” For Teaching
Shorter Elizabethan Poetry, Patrick Cheney and Anne Prescott,
eds, MLA, (2000), 145-149.
- “My Troubles with Perry: Developmental Scheme or Humanities
Curriculum?” in David
Gosling and Vaneeta D’Andrea, eds., International Conference
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Proceedings 2001 and 2002.
Educational Development Centre, 2003. Pp. 118-121.
- Bushnell, Rebecca, A Culture of Teaching: Early Modern Humanism
in Theory and Practice. Sidney Journal 17 (Fall 1999),
- “Engaging Literature: Difficulty as an Entry to Reading and
Writing,” a review of Mariolina Salvatori and Patricia Donohue,
The Elements (and Pleasures) of Difficulty. Pedagogy 6
- “Classrooms as Laboratories in the R-1 University: Cracking
the Problem of How Best to Value Teaching.” Pedagogy
(forthcoming, 2008). A review of Bernstein, Daniel, Amy Nelson Burnett,
Amy Goodburn, and Paul Savory. Making Teaching Visible: Course Portfolios
and the Peer Review of Teaching. Anker (2006).
Fostering a Scholarship
of Teaching, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Menlo Park, CA, (1999).