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Michael Bunn

Associate Professor (Teaching) of Writing

Contact Information
E-mail: bunnm@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-1980
Office: JEF 150

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Curriculum Vitae
 

Biographical Sketch

Michael Bunn is an Associate Professor of (Teaching) Writing in the USC Writing Program.  Professor Bunn earned a joint Ph.D. in English & Education from the University of Michigan as well as an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Pittsburgh.  He has designed and taught courses in first-year writing, literature, academic argumentation, cultural studies, creative writing, professional writing, and comedy writing.  His interdisciplinary research investigates some of the ways that reading might best be taught in collegiate writing courses, and his most recent articles were published in Pedagogy and College Composition and Communication.  He is also a co-founder of the College Composition and Communication Special Interest Group: “The Role of Reading in Composition Studies.”  His favorite food is the burrito.   

 

Education

Ph.D. Joint PhD in English & Education, University of Michigan, 2010
M.F.A. Creative Writing - Fiction, University of Pittsburgh, 2003
B.A. English, Santa Clara University, 1997
 

Conferences and Other Presentations

Conference Presentations

""Comp Goes Pop!—Analyzing Popular Culture in the Writing Classroom." ", Far West Pop Culture Association Annual Conference (FWPCA/ACA) , Talk/Oral Presentation, Las Vegas, NV, Invited, 02/21/2020-02/23/2020
""Non-Tenure Track Faculty and Writing Studies: Where Does Research Fit In?"", Conference on College Composition and Communication Regional Conference , Talk/Oral Presentation, Denver, CO, Invited, 07/20/2018-07/21/2018
""Modeling Reading Practices across the Disciplines"", Conference on College Composition and Communication , Talk/Oral Presentation, Kansas City, MO, Invited, 03/14/2018-03/17/2018
""Reconciling the Border Between Reading and Writing." ", Western States Rhetoric and Literacy Conference , Talk/Oral Presentation, San Diego, CA, Invited, 10/21/2016-10/22/2016
""Revising the Story of Transfer: Teaching Students to Read Like a Writer."", International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Conference, Talk/Oral Presentation, Los Angeles, CA, Invited, 10/12/2016-10/15/2016
""Beyond Just Citing Sources: Teaching Students to Integrate Research into Their Writing."", Pepperdine University Pedagogy Series, Lecture/Seminar, Malibu, CA, Invited, 09/27/2016
""Connecting Reading & Writing in the College Composition." ", The Puente Project Community College Regional Training , Lecture/Seminar, Claremont, CA , Invited, 09/15/2016
""Promoting Transfer: Teaching Students to Read Like a Writer." ", Conference on College Composition and Communication, Talk/Oral Presentation, Houston, TX, Invited, 04/06/2016-04/09/2016
""Transitioning from ‘Training’ to ‘Mentoring’: Fostering Collaboration with Graduate Student Instructors" ", Conference on College Composition and Communication, Talk/Oral Presentation, Tampa, FL, NCTE, Invited, 03/18/2015-03/21/2015
""Reading, Stealing & Modeling: Teaching Students to Read Like Writers." ", Conference on the Teaching of Writing , Talk/Oral Presentation, Storrs, CT, University of Connecticut, Invited, 04/04/2014
""Top Tactics for Training Teaching Assistants"", TeamUP Fall English Composition Conference, Talk/Oral Presentation, San Antonio, TX, Cengage Learning, Invited, 11/20/2013-11/22/2013
""Reading Like a Writer in the Composition Classroom"", Conference on College Composition and Communication , Roundtable/Panel, Las Vegas, NV, NCTE, Invited, 03/13/2013-03/16/2013
""The Transition to Parentheses: New Boundaries for a Non-Tenure-Track Writing Program." ", Conference on College Composition and Communication , Roundtable/Panel, St. Louis, MO , NCTE, Invited, 03/21/2012-03/24/2012
 

Publications

Book Chapter

Bunn, M. T. (2011). "How to Read Like a Writer.". pp. 71-86. Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing, Volume 2.
 

Journal Article

Bunn, M. T. (2016). "Re-imagining Workshop: Recognizing and Expanding the Role of Reading.". Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature Language Composition and Culture. Vol. 16 (1), pp. 53-71.
Bunn, M. T. (2014). "Response to Darryl J.M. Balacanao". College Composition and Communication. Vol. 65 (4), pp. 675-678.
Bunn, M. T. (2013). "Motivation and Connection: Teaching Reading (and Writing) in the Composition Classroom". College Composition and Communication. (64:3 February 2013), pp. 496-516.
Bunn, M. T. (2011). "Reading Visual Rhetoric in Composition Courses: Adopting an Approach that Helps Students Produce Their Own Visual Discourse.". Reader: Essays in Reader-Oriented Theory, Criticism, and Pedagogy. Vol. 61, pp. 87-103.
 

New Courses Developed

WRIT 340: Writing and the Environment, Writing Program, The primary goal of this course is to help students produce clear, thoughtful, and engaging writing intended for a range of different audiences. Students will learn about various processes of reading, writing, and revising so that they can determine which methods will best assist them in particular situations both in college and after graduation—regardless of their chosen field or profession. This course is a response to the increasing prominence of environmental discussions within our civic discourse, and students’ increasing desire for a meaningful chance to study and participate in that civic discourse. "Writing and the Environment" is interdisciplinary in scope, asking students to read texts from a number of different fields. This course is open to students of every major in a conscious effort to create an academic space in which students can examine and discuss the environment from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. , 08/26/2012-
WRIT 440: Writing Comedy as Social Commentary, Writing Program, Created and taught an entirely new upper-level course focused on understanding how humor allows authors and comics to tackle subjects that might otherwise seem taboo, and how this freedom provides a unique opportunity for social commentary and critique. Students produced their own comedic critiques in a range of genres and mediums., 2016-2017 
GESM 110g Creating Art from Real Life, General Education, Created and taught an entirely new first-year seminar course exploring the creative process through which authors draw upon real-life events to produce creative texts. In addition to producing a personal essay and short story based on a single event from their own life, students analyzed a range of texts (memoirs, novels, short stories, essays, films, comedy routines, songs, etc.) that blur the distinctions between fiction and nonfiction., Spring 2016 
WRIT 150: Education and Intellectual Development, Writing Program, Created the model course description, assignment sequence, reading list, conceptual glossary, & chart of potential "Topics and Issues" for a new thematic first-year writing course., Fall 2014 
LBST 548: Contemporary Fiction in Social Context, Master of Liberal Studies, Created and taught a graduate-level literature course exploring how contemporary society and cultural identity constrain the actions of individuals. Students honed their "close reading" skills through the careful analysis of shorts stories and novels portraying the influence(s) of family, ethnicity, substance abuse, military conflict, illness, and death., 2013-2014 
 

Honors and Awards

USC Dornsife Larger Faculty Development Grant, 2015-2016   
USC Dornsife Larger Faculty Development Grant, 2014-2015   
USC Dornsife Larger Faculty Development Grant, 2012-2013   
USC Dornsife Faculty Development Grant, 2011-2012   
USC Dornsife Faculty Development Grant, 2010-2011   
David and Linda Moscow Prize for Excellence in Teaching Composition, University of Michigan , 2009-2010   
Rackham Humanities Research Fellowship, University of Michigan, 2009-2010   
Gayle Morris Sweetland Writing Center Junior Fellowship, University of Michigan, 2007-2008   
Faculty Honor Roll, University of Pittsburgh, Spring 2001   
 

Service to the University

Committees

Member, Writing Program Personnel Committee , 2019-2020 
Member, Joint Provost /Academic Senate Committee: Teaching & Academic Programs , 2018-2019 
Member, Writing Program Merit Review Committee, 2018-2019 
Member, Writing Program Personnel Committee , 2016-2017 
Chair, Writing Program Faculty Development Committee , 2015-2016 
Member, Writing Program Merit Review Committee , 2015-2016 
Member, Writing Program Instructor Training Committee , Fall 2015 
Member, Writing Program Professional Development Committee , 2011-2014
Member, Writing Program Curriculum & Pedagogy Committee , 2011-2012 
 

Other Service to the University

Faculty Advisor, Project 32 at USC , 2016-2020
Speaker for USC Office of Religious Life series titled "What Matters to Me and Why" , 11/06/2019
Facilitator for University of Southern California Freshman Orientation Micro-Seminars titled "From Sketch to Standup: Comedy that Makes a Difference" , 08/22/2019-08/23/2019
Facilitator and speaker for the USC Society 53 workshop titled "Make a Statement, By Getting Personal: Drafting Successful Personal Statements" , 10/22/2017
Facilitator and speaker for the University of Southern California Writing Program workshop titled "Get Accepted, Then Get Promoted: Composing Successful Proposal for Composition Conferences" , 04/04/2017
Faculty Advisor, AB Spring Break Service Learning Trip to Orcas Island , Spring 2016 
Master of Liberal Studies Writing Coordinator , 08/24/2013-05/12/2016
Moderator and Judge for the University of Southern California Undergraduate Writer’s Conference student discussion panel, April 2015. , Spring 2015 
Speaker for the Master of Liberal Studies discussion session titled "Completing Your Degree On Time" , 03/23/2015
Facilitator for the University of Southern California Freshman Orientation Micro-Seminar titled "It’s Funny Because It’s True: Comedy as Social Commentary", 08/21/2014-08/22/2014
Speaker for Summer Orientations Faculty Showcase session titled "Living the (Required) Writer’s Life at USC" , 06/19/2014
Speaker for Summer Orientations Faculty Showcase session titled "The Transition from High School to College-Level Writing", 06/27/2013
Moderator & Judge for the University of Southern California Undergraduate Writer’s Conference student discussion panel, April 2013., Spring 2013 
Facilitator for the University of Southern California Freshman Orientation Micro-Seminar titled "Laughing Your Way to Change: Using Humor to Engage With Social Issues" on August 24, 2012., 08/24/2012
Moderator & Judge for the University of Southern California Undergraduate Writer’s Conference student discussion panel, March 2012., Spring 2012 
Facilitator for the University of Southern California Freshman Orientation Micro-Seminar titled "Funny or Offensive?: The Blurry Line Between Comedic Critique and Cultural Insult " on December 4, 2011., 12/04/2011
Facilitator for the University of Southern California Freshman Orientation Micro-Seminar titled "You Can’t Say That, Can You?: Comedy as Social Critique" on August 18 & 19, 2011., 08/18/2011-08/19/2011
Instructor for a series of three writing workshops for the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Summer Scholars Program on July 6, 13, & 20, 2011. , 07/06/2011-07/20/2011
Facilitator for the University of Southern California Undergraduate Writer’s Conference creative writing panel session titled "Why Writing Matters" on March 30, 2011., 03/30/2011
 

Service to the Profession

Editorships and Editorial Boards

Editorial Board Member, Reader: Essays in Reader-Oriented Theory, Criticism, and Pedagogy, 03/01/2013-
 

Professional Offices

Member, CCCC Task Force on Reading, Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2019-
 

Review Panels

Conference on College Composition and Communication, Stage 1 Review for CCCC Conference Proposals, 2011-

Other Service to the Profession

Founder, CCCC Special Interest Group "The Role of Reading in Composition Studies" Created and will co-facilitate an annual special interest group exploring the place of reading within writing classrooms and composition scholarship. Beginning at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in St. Louis, MO, March 2012. , 03/22/2012-
 
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