Ann George

Reed Hall 322 | 817-257-6247


Ph.D., English specializing in Rhetoric and Composition, Pennsylvania State University, 1997
MFA, English, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1981

Courses Taught


Introductory Composition
Intermediate Composition
Rhetorical Practices in Culture: Rhetoric of Modern War Style
Writing Internship


Seminar on Modern Rhetoric: What is “New Rhetoric”?
Seminar on Kenneth Burke
Seminar in Rhetoric: The Rhetoric and Poetics of 1930s America

Areas of Focus

Rhetoric and Composition
Modern Rhetorical Theory
Kenneth Burke
Historiography/Archival Research
Critical Pedagogy

Kenneth Burke’s Permanence and Change: A Critical Companion. Columbia: U of South Carolina P. Forthcoming, 2017.

Women and Rhetoric between the Wars (co-edited with Elizabeth Weiser and Janet Zepernick). Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP (Studies in Rhetorics and Feminisms series), 2013.

Kenneth Burke in the 1930s (co-authored with Jack Selzer). Columbia: U of South Carolina P, 2007.

“Critical Pedagogy: Dreaming of Democracy.” A Guide to Composition Pedagogies, 2nd ed. Ed. Gary Tate, Amy Rupiper Taggart, Kurt Schick, Brooke Hessler. New York: Oxford UP, 2013. 77-93.

Invited chapter: “Finding the Time for Burke.” Burke in the Archives: Using the Past to Transform the Future of Burkean Studies. Ed. Dana Anderson and Jessica Enoch. Columbia: U of South Carolina P, 2013. 48-84.

“Reading Helen Keller.” Women and Rhetoric between the Wars. Ed. Ann George, M. Elizabeth Weiser, and Janet Zepernick. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 2013. 97-113.

“The Art of Living in A Time of War.” Keynote Address. Triennial Conference of the Kenneth Burke Society, East Stroudsburg, June 2017.

“Reading Archival Documents.” Webinar leader (with Dave Tell). Part of “Archival Encounters” sponsored by Penn State Department of English, March 2013. (150 participants nationwide)

“Rhetoric and Kenneth Burke.” Workshop leader (3 days), RSA Summer Institute, State College, June 2009.

“Mining the Burkean Archives.” Seminar leader (4 days), Triennial Conference of the Kenneth Burke Society, Clemson, May 2011.

Addran College 2015 Award for Distinguished Achievement as a Creative Teacher and Scholar

  • Kenneth Burke Society Vice-President, President, Past President (2005-14)
  • Co-editor, Composition Studies (2003-05)