Department of English
B.A. English Franklin and Marshall College 1977
M.A. English Georgetown University 1980
Ph.D. Rhetoric Carnegie Mellon University 1987
Area(s) of Expertise
Nancy Penrose specializes in Rhetoric and Composition. Before her retirement in 2019 she taught undergraduate courses in rhetoric and scientific writing and graduate seminars in composition theory and pedagogy, empirical research methods, and writing in the research sciences. Research interests include writing pedagogy and program administration; cognitive processes in writing and reading, and socialization in disciplinary communities. Her work has appeared in Research in the Teaching of English, College Composition and Communication, Writing Program Administration, Written Communication, and other venues. She and Steven B. Katz co-authored three editions of Writing in the Sciences: Exploring Conventions of Scientific Discourse, now available in an open access edition from Parlor Press. She directed the First-Year Writing Program 2001-2007 and served as Director of Graduate Programs in English 2012-2018.