John Tassoni

John TassoniProfessor

Johnston Hall, 205
Middletown Campus


  • PhD, Literature and Criticism, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1992
  • MA, Villanova University
  • BA, Widener University

Teaching Interests

  • Composition
  • Basic Writing
  • Pedagogy Theory

Research Interests

  • History of basic writing at Miami University
  • A studio approach to composition
  • Open-Access Education

Selected Publications

  • "Mainstreaming Creativity: Creative Writing Enters General Education’s Advanced Writing Requirement," Journal of Creative Writing Studies, vol. 5, no. 1, 2020:
  • "Faculty Training in the Cross-Section: What Teacher Studios Can Tell Us About First-Year Seminars." Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, vol. 30, no. 1, 2019, pp. 77-99.
  • Composing Other Spaces. Co-edited with Douglas Reichert Powell. Hampton Press, 2008.
  • Sharing Pedagogies: Students and Teachers Write About Dialogic Practices. Boynton/Cook, 1997.
  • Blundering for a Change: Errors and Expectations in Critical Pedagogy. Boynton/Cook, 2000.
  • "Forty-minute Drive to the Main Campus: Teaching for and from Rhetoric and Composition’s Invisible Borderlands." Culture Shock and the Practice of Profession: Training the Next Wave in Rhetoric and Composition. Eds. Susan Romano and Virginia Anderson. Hampton, 2005.
  • "Deep Response: An Ecofeminist, Dialogical Approach to Introductory Literature Courses," in Ecofeminist Literary Criticism, ed. P. Murphy and G. Gaard. U of Illinois P, 1998.
  • "A Course in Crisis: Deconcising College Composition and Creative Writing," inTeaching Writing Creatively, ed. D. Starkey. Boynton/Cook, 1998.
  • Articles in Journal of Basic Writing; Writing on the Edge; Teaching English in the Two-Year College; Assessing Writing; Journal of Teaching WritingJTASS: Journal of Teaching Academic Survival Skills; ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment; Nineteenth Century Studies; Sagetrieb.

Work in Progress

Editor-in-Chief, Journal on Centers of Teaching and Learning (2008 to present).