Dr.  Joseph Little

Dr. Joseph Little

Associate Professor of English

Office Location:
Dunleavy Hall, Room 351


A member of the English Department since 2005, I teach undergraduate courses in writing while directing the first-year writing program for the university. My courses include Writing and Thinking, Business Communication, Ethnography and Travel Writing, Science Writing, Teaching Composition, and Writing and Well-Being.

In my own writing, I spent the first 12 years of my career working on scientific discourse, focusing on the role of analogical reasoning in the making and defending of theories of atomic and nuclear structure, circa 1897-1927. My other area of activity centered on technical communication in high-risk organizational settings.

In more recent years, I have migrated to creative nonfiction, especially travel writing and memoir, as well as the world of programming languages, including Common Lisp and Python, which I see as highly relevant forms of discourse for the 21st century.

Every March, I lead a dozen intrepid students on the Great Guatemalan Adventure, an eight-day backpacking trip in the highlands of Guatemala. I also serve on the board of the Friendship Village, a home, school, and clinic in Hanoi, Vietnam, that serves approximately 120 children living with moderate to severe disabilities owing to Agent Orange.

For more information, please see my curriculum vitae.