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Dr.  Joseph Little

Dr. Joseph Little

Associate Professor of English and Director of WRT 100

Office Location:
Dunleavy Hall, Room 351


A member of the English Department since 2005, I teach courses in writing while directing the first-year writing program for the university. My regularly scheduled courses include:

  • WRT 100, Thinking and Writing
  • ENG 343, Writing and Well-Being
  • ENG 345, Science Writing
  • ENG 348, Ethnography and Travel Writing
  • ENG 355, Teaching Composition

As a writer, I work in the genre of the travelogue to explore issues of religion, poverty, and war. A secondary interest of mine is the emerging field of writing and well-being, which draws on research in the medical sciences, social sciences, and humanities to advance our understanding of the relationship between intrapersonal writing and the physical, psychological, and spiritual correlates of health. Finally, I remain committed to the study of scientific discourse as it informs both Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) pedagogies and rhetoric of science scholarship.

My most recent work, a spiritual travelogue titled Letters from the Other Side of Silence, will be published by Homebound Publications in 2017. Currently, I am traveling in the Americas and Asia from time to time interviewing people for my next project, an edited collection tentatively titled Living the Legacy of War: Unheard Voices from Vietnam, Guatemala, and the United States.

Writing aside, every March, I lead a dozen students on the Great Guatemalan Adventure, an eight-day backpacking trip in the highlands of Guatemala. I am also on the board of directors of the US fundraising arm of the Friendship Village, an orphanage in Vietnam that serves 120 children living with moderate to severe disabilities owing to Agent Orange.

For more information, please see my curriculum vitae, check out my blog, or visit me on Facebook.