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Zachary Beare

Assoc Professor


Department of English

Tompkins Hall 232


Dr. Zachary Beare is a specialist in Rhetoric and Composition. At NC State, Dr. Beare serves as the Director of the First-Year Writing Program.

Outside of the academy, Dr. Beare is a rabid consumer of all types of media (books, movies, music, tv, art), and he enjoys cooking and baking and exploring regional hiking trails.

Office Hours

Tuesdays: 9am-11am and 1pm-2pm

Wednesdays: 1pm-2pm

Thursdays: 9am-11am and 1pm-2pm

And by appointment.

Research Publications

Beare, Z. (2022). “Prescribe for Me, Doctor, for I Have Sex: Rhetorics of Empowerment, Queer Shame, and the Confessional in PrEP Prescribing.” In J. Rhodes and J. Alexander (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Queer Rhetoric (223-232). Routledge. DOI: 10.4324/9781003144809-31

Beare, Z., and Stone, M. (2021). “By Queer People, For Queer People, FOLX, Plume, and the Promise of Queer UX.” The 39th ACM International Conference on Design of Communication (SIGDOC ’21), October 12-14, 2021, 1-6.

Beare, Z. (2021). “Cross Postings: Disciplinary Knowledge-Making and the Affective Archive of the WPA Listserv.” Composition Studies, 49(1), 42-59.

Beare, Z., and Stenberg, S. (2020). “‘Everyone Thinks It’s Just Me’: Exploring the Emotional Dimensions of Seeking Publication.” College English, 83(2), 103-126.

Stone, M., and Beare, Z. (2020). “Technical Rhetorics and Reproductive Justice, Reproductive Rights, and Reproductive Health.” Reflections: A Journal of Community-Engaged Writing and Rhetoric, 20(2), 15-25.

Beare, Z. (2018). “Softies Like Me: The Foolish Work of a Fat Queer Pedagogy.” Writing on the Edge29(1), 78-90.

Beare, Z. (2018). “The Strange Practices of Serendipitous Failure: Considering Metanoia as an Alternative to Kairos.” In M.D. Goggin and P. Goggin (Eds.), Serendipity in Rhetoric, Writing, and Literacy Research (257-266). Logan, UT: Utah State UP.

Beare, Z.  and Meade, M. (2015). ‘”The Most Important Project of Our Time!’: Hyperbole as a Discourse Feature of First-Year Writing.” College Composition and Communication67(1), 64-86.

Beare, Z. (2015). “It Gets Better…All in Good Time: Messianic Rhetoric and a Political Theology of Social Control.” The Journal of Cultural Research19(4), 352-364.

Beare, Z. (2011). “Michael Field’s Renaissance: An Examination of Paterian Influence, Gender Play, and the Use of the Ekphrastic Form in Sight and Song.” The Pater Newsletter: A Journal of the International Walter Pater Society56/57, 18-27.



B.A. English-Literature Western Washington University 2008

M.A. English Studies Western Washington University 2010

Ph.D. English-Composition and Rhetoric University of Nebraska 2017

Area(s) of Expertise

Dr. Beare has a wide range of teaching and research interests. Broadly, he studies how emotion and identity mediate rhetorical activity. Also, in line with his administrative appointment, he is interested in teacher development and pedagogy. Within those areas, he is especially interested in queer and feminist approaches to teaching composition, the ways that emotion and embodiment shape the work of the classroom, and curricular revisions incorporating multimodal compositions with imagined public audiences.

As a secondary research interest, Dr. Beare is interested in how disciplinary knowledge making and academic life have changed in the digital age and how academics use new media and social media