John Tassoni

John TassoniProfessor

Johnston Hall, 205
Middletown Campus


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

Teaching Interests

  • Composition
  • Sexuality in Literature
  • Pedagogy Theory

Research Interests

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

Selected Publications

  • 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.
  • “I can step out of myself a little: Feminine Virtue and Female Friendship in Hannah Foster’s Coquette,” in Communication and Women’s Friendship, ed. J. D. Ward and J. Stephens Mink. Bowling Green State University Popular P, 1993.
  • “I’m not a poor slave: Student-Generated Curricula and Race Relations,” in Social Issues in the English Classroom, ed. C. M. Hurlbert and S. Totten. NCTE, 1992.
  • 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.
  • Co-Editor, JTASS: Journal of Teaching Academic Survival Skills. 2003.

Work in Progress

Tassoni is currently researching the history of writing at Miami University. He is founding co-editor of Open Words: Access and English Studies, sponsored by Prentice Hall.