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Dr.  Joseph Little

Dr. Joseph Little

Associate Professor of English

Office Location:
Dunleavy Hall, Room 351


Dr. Little teaches writing and directs the first-year writing program at NU. His regular course offerings include:

  • Writing 100, Thinking and Writing
  • English 343, Writing and Well-Being
  • English 348, Ethnography and Travel Writing
  • English 355, Teaching Composition

In his own writing, he is currently at work on How I Lost My Mind at 8,000 Feet and Other True Stories, a spiritual memoir that explores mountain hiking, mysticism, addiction, and the role of conceptual metaphor in the spiritual journey. He is also in the final stages of a 15,000-word essay on the function of analogy in Hantaro Nagaoka’s theory of atomic structure. On the distant horizon are three projects: an anthology that explores mental illness through memoir, a conference paper on the therapeutic functions of freewriting, and a creative piece titled “Against Smiling” that might be right for Slate.

Over the years, Dr. Little's work has appeared in a variety of journals, including Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Technical Communication Quarterly, Alberta Journal of Educational Research, Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, The Antigonish Review, Saint Katherine Review, and Sacred Journey. He has co-authored one book, Reference Guide to Writing Across the Curriculum, published by Parlor Press.

Every January and again in March, he and his friend Sam lead a dozen adventure-seekers on an eight-day backpacking trip in the highlands of Guatemala. The March trip is reserved for NU undergraduate students, whereas the January trip is open to the entire Western New York and Southern Ontario community including NU graduate students, NU alumni, and parents of NU students. So if mountains and spontaneous spirituality do it for you, be sure to stop by his office or email him for an application.

Dr. Little is also on the board of directors of the Vietnam Friendship Village Project USA, the American fundraising arm of the Van Canh Friendship Village. Located on the outskirts of Hanoi, Vietnam, the Friendship Village serves as a residential school for approximately 120 children, most of whom are living with moderate to severe disabilities owing to Agent Orange. Additionally, some 40 veterans--from both sides of the war--stay at the Village for one-month well-being retreats offered throughout the year.

For more information, please see Dr. Little's curriculum vitae or contact him directly.