"I long to accomplish a great and noble
task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were
great and noble."
University Teaching Experience
Eastern Connecticut State University
August 1998 – August 2006, Assistant Professor
August 2006 – present, Associate Professor
College Writing Plus (Developmental Writing)
Introduction to Literature
Critical and Creative Thinking
Composition Theory and Pedagogy
Rhetorical Theory and Criticism (formerly Rhetoric and Rhetorical Theory)
Senior Seminar (Topics: Political Rhetoric, Faith & Language, Religion and
Spirituality in Contemporary Fiction)
Honors Expository Writing
Honors Seminar (Topics: Rhetoric and Popular Culture, Rhetoric and
Liberal Arts Colloquium
Bowling Green State University
August 1994 - August 1998, Graduate Assistant
Introduction to Writing
Varieties of Writing
ESL Academic Writing II (Graduate Course)
Warsaw University English Teacher Training College
August 1992 - January 1994, Teacher Trainer (Peace Corps)
First-year Practical English
Third-year Practical English
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
Fall 1985, Adjunct Instructor
University of Minnesota - Duluth
August 1984 - May 1985, Graduate Assistant
Writing Program and Curriculum Development Experience
Eastern Connecticut State University - Coordinator of First-Year Writing.
Duties and accomplishments include:
- Developing new developmental writing curriculum and fostering its promotion, support, and implementation.
- Coordinating the development and overseeing the implementation of a new outcomes assessment portfolio program for all first-year writing courses.
- Developing and implementing a new writing placement instrument (modified directed self-placement).
- Supporting the Director of the University Writing Program in various aspects of administration and support of the writing program as a whole.
Bowling Green State University - Assistant to the Director of First-year Writing.
- Wrote, revised and edited training materials for new graduate teaching assistants.
- Mentored new teachers.
- Adjudicated special appeals of placement and end-of-term portfolio evaluations.
- Rev. of Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon, by Kathryn Lofton. The Journal of Communication and Religion 34.2 (2011): 200-203.
- “Changing the Public Face of Christian Politics: The Rhetoric of Sojourners" in The Responsibilities of Rhetoric. Ed. Michelle Smith and Barbara Warnick. Long Grove, IL: Waveland P, 2010.
- with Holly L. Mandes. "The Idea of a Writing Center Meets the Reality of Classroom-Based Tutoring" in On Location: Theory and Practice in Classroom-Based Writing Tutoring. Ed. Candace Spigelman and Laurie Grobman. Logan, UT: Utah State UP, 2005. 87-100.
- "More than the Latest PC Buzzword for Modes: What Genre Theory Means to Composition" in The Outcomes Book: Debate and Consensus after the WPA Outcomes Statement. Ed. Susanmarie Harrington, Keith Rhodes, Ruth Overman Fischer, and Rita Malenczyk. Logan, UT: Utah State, UP, 2005. 72-84.
- English 100 or English 100 Plus?: A Guide to Choosing the Right First-Year Writing Course. Willimantic, CT: Eastern Connecticut State University Writing Program. (2002, 2003, 2004). 4pp.
- Liu, Barbara Little. Instructor's Guide to Portfolio Assessment for English 100 and English 100Plus. Willimantic, CT: Eastern Connecticut State University. (2000, 2001, 2003. 2004). 27pp.
- Liu, Barbara Little. (To be presented May 2012). “‘For you were aliens in the land of Egypt’: Conservative Christian Identity and Immigration Reform.” Rhetoric Society of America Biennial Conference.
- Liu, Barbara Little. (May 2010). “Environmental Exegesis: Reading the Bible through the Eyes of the Earth.” Rhetoric Society of America Biennial Conference.
- Liu, Barbara Little. (March 2008). “Changing the Public Face of Christian Politics: The Rhetoric of Sojourners.” CSU Faculty Research Conference. Session Chair.
- Liu, Barbara Little. (March 2007). “Making My Father’s Life: Critical Reflections on Personal Biography” in “Making Connections: Memoir and Fictional Fathers.” Conference on College Composition and Communication.
- Liu, Barbara Little. (March 2006). “Ethics and Directed Self-Placement” in “Directed Self-Placement and the Liberal Arts.” Conference on College Composition and Communication.
- Liu, Barbara Little. (May 2004). "'Uncertainty Can Be Your Guiding Light': The Developing Relationship between Form and Substance in U2's Christian Rhetoric.” Biennial Conference of the Rhetoric Society of America. Session Chair.
- Liu, Barbara Little. (March 2004). "Student Self-Definition in Directed-Self Placement Essays.” Conference on College Composition and Communication.
- Liu, Barbara Little. (September 2002). "Basic Writing or College Writing: What's the Difference?" "Writing and the Difference It Makes" an Annual Conference on the Teaching of Writing in Connecticut.
- Liu, Barbara Little. (December 2001). "More Than the Latest PC Buzzword for Modes: What Genre Theory Means to Composition" in Kathleen Blake-Yancey (Chair), "Theory and First-Year Composition," an NCTE-sponsored session at the 2001 Meeting of the Modern Language Association.
- Liu, Barbara Little. (October 2001). "Civil Disobedience: How Studying Genre Rebels Can Make Students Better Writers." Western States Composition Conference.
Other Scholarly Activity
- Guest. (April 2005). “Truth and Art in St. Augustine’s Confessions.” Writers in the Attic. Host Meredith Clermont-Ferrand. Connecticut Public Radio. WECS, Willimantic, CT.
- Co-Presenter. (October 2003). "Information Literacy and Other Tools to Prevent Plagiarism" at Mitchell College, New London, CT.Contributor. (2002). 3 annotations for The Bedford Bibliography for Teachers of Basic Writing. Linda Adler-Kassner and Gregory R. Glau, eds. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins.
- Organizer and Facilitator. (January 2000). "Conversations in the Disciplines: A Meeting of Writing Program Administrators and Other Interested CSU Faculty." ECSU.
Selected University and Departmental Service
- Senator: Fall 1999 - Spring 2002, and Fall 2005 to Spring 2006
- Vice President for Instructional Faculty: Fall 2001 - Spring 2002
Senate and University-wide Committees
- General Education Program Committee: Fall 1999 – Fall 2003, Co-chair Fall 2002 - Spring 2003
- Senate Executive Committee: Fall 2001 - Spring 2002Honors Council: Fall 2004 – Spring 2008
- Design Committee, Expanding Horizons Initiative of the Strategic Plan, Spring 2008 – Fall 2009
- Global Citizenship Council - Fall 2009 - present
- University Curriculum Committee - Fall 2011- present
- Committee on First-Year Writing and the Writing Center: Fall 1998 - Spring 2011
- Program and Curriculum Committee: Fall 2008 - present (Chair, Fall 2010 - present)
- Dissertation Reviewer. Religious Communication Association Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award. 2011.
- Scholarship Committee, Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society. (2011 – present).
- Workshop Participant. "Communication and Social Justice in a Global Age" at the 4th Biennial Rhetoric Society of America Summer Institute. June 2011. Boulder, CO.
- Session Chair. (May 2004). “Sight and Sound in Sacred Rhetorics” at the Biennial Conference of the Rhetoric Society of America, San Antonio, TX.
- Participant. (March 2003). "Analyzing Streams of Language" a Conference on College Composition and Communication Special Workshop.
- Session Chair. (April 2000). "Reimagining Gender" at the Conference on College Composition and Communication.
- Member, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
- Member, Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC)
- Member, Council of Writing Program Administrators (WPA)
Member, Rhetoric Society of America (RSA)
Member, National Communication Association (NCA)
Member, Religious Communication Association (RCA)
Member, Society of Biblical Literature
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio
Ph.D. in English, Rhetoric and Writing, May 1998
The University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
Stevens Point, Wisconsin
B.S. in English, May 1983