John Duffy


John Duffy has published on the ethics of writing, the rhetoric of disability, and the historical development of literacy in cross-cultural contexts. In his most recent book, Provocations of Virtue: Rhetoric, Ethics, and the Teaching of Writing, he examines the ethical dimensions of teaching writing in a post-truth world. John is co-editor of Literacy, Economy, and Power, and his book Writing from These Roots, was awarded the 2009 Outstanding Book Award by the Conference on College Composition and Communication. He has published essays in CCC, College English, Rhetoric Review, JAC: A Journal of Rhetoric, Culture, and Politics, and elsewhere. John is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship and the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. He teaches courses in rhetoric, writing, and literature.

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Provocations of Virtue: Rhetoric, Ethics, and the Teaching of Writing. Utah State University Press, 2019.
“Ethical Rhetoric in Unethical Times: Five Strategies for the Writing Classroom.” Teacher-Scholar-Activist. April 30, 2019.
“The Impossible Virtue: Teaching Tolerance.” Rhetoric Review. Volume 37, 2018-Issue 4, 364-370. Published online, 10 September 2018. Print publication, October 2018
“Post-Truth and First-Year Writing.” Inside Higher Ed. May 8, 2017
"The Good Writer: Virtue Ethics and the Teaching of Writing." College English. Volume 79, Number 3, 2017. 229-250.
“Reconsidering Virtue.” JAEPL: The Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning. Special Section: Rhetoric and Ethics. Volume 21, Winter 2015-2016, 3-8
"Writing Involves Ethical Choices." In Adler-Kassner, L and E. Wardle. 2015. Naming What We Know: Threshold Concepts in Writing Studies. Logan: Utah State.
"Ethical Dispositions: A Discourse for Rhetoric and Composition." JAC: A Journal of Rhetoric, Culture, and Politics. 34. 1-2 (2014).
“The Ethics of Metaphor." Chronicle of Higher Education: TheConversation. December 2, 2013.
“Beyond Civility.” The Irish Rover. January 26, 2013.
"Virtues of Conversation: Ethics in the Writing Center." Another Word. October 8, 2012.
“Virtuous Arguments.” Inside Higher Ed. March 16, 2012.

John Duffy, Professor of English