Christopher S. Harris
College of Arts and Letters
Department of English
Office: ET 612
Phone: (323) 343-4157
|Office Hours, Fall 2009
||And by appointment
Christopher S. Harris began teaching in the English Department at California State University, Los Angeles in August, 2009, and specializes in rhetoric and writing.
graduate of Bowling Green State University (PhD in Rhetoric and
Composition) and South Dakota State University (BA, MA in English),
Harris served four years in the United States Marine Corps ("Just
passing time," as Lucas Jackson would say) before attending
college. While attending college, Harris worked on the graveyard shift
at two factories and a hotel, and he spent his summers building log
houses for Twin Springs Log Homes in Hill City, SD.
undergraduate at South Dakota State University, Harris focused his
elective studies in minority literature and earned a certificate in
European Studies. During his master's degree studies, Harris
concentrated on composition-rhetoric and American Literature of the
1800s, writing his thesis about Timothy Shay Arthur's Ten Nights in a Bar-Room and what I Saw There.
As a graduate student at Bowling Green State University, Harris
concentrated in the history of composition instruction, teaching with
computers, and alternative rhetorics, writing his dissertation,
First-Year Composition Handbooks: Buffering the Winds of Change, about
the ways in which composition textbooks historically have both
reflected and guided composition instruction, just as culture breathes
life into genres.
Harris previously served as director of the
First-Year Composition program at the University of Louisiana at
Monroe. There, he gained considerable experience in outcomes-based
assessment, developing a trend-based assessment program.
With Sandra Hill, Harris published a chapter in Service-eLearning: Educating for Citizenship.
Other projects include grants to support technology-enhanced learning
environments, research about assessing writing, research about
rhetorical chironomia, and research about visualizing the structure of
Current projects include an
article that discusses ways to implement wikis in the classroom. Harris
is collaborating with Elizabeth Monske on a manuscript that addresses
the theory and practice of teaching digital service-learning courses in
rural and outlying communities.
currently teaches a range of courses, including English 550: Seminar in
Rhetoric and Composition: Visual Rhetoric; English 310: Genres of
Writing; English 505: Language and Literacy; English 102: Composition;
English 101: Composition; and English 504: Theories of Composition and
Degrees and Institutions
PhD, Rhetoric and Composition, Bowling Green State University, Ohio
MA, English, South Dakota State University
BA, English with certificate in European Studies, South Dakota State University
Publictions and Presentations
in Professional Writing Classes." Chapter in Service-ELearning:
Educating for Citizenship. Co-authored with Sandra Hill.
|Teaching Service-Learning in Rural Communities. Presented at Computers and Writing via Skype.
Course Management Systems: Community and Chaos. Presented at Rocky Mountain MLA.
"Embracing Social Informatics the Wiki Way: Uses for Higher Education." Article under review.
|"Teaching with Computers in America: Some Thoughts and Analysis." Published in Storia del Mondo: Internet e Storia.||2004|
Course Schedule, Fall 2009
||Day & Time
||Visual Rhetoric as Written Discourse
|| Mo 6:10-9:50
|| FA C1609
||Genres of Writing
|| Mo, We 1:30-3:10
|| SH 258