Christine R. Farris

Christine R. Farris

Professor, English

  • (812) 856-2181
  • Ballantine Hall 442
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  • Ph.D., University of Washington, 1987


Both my scholarship and curriculum design focus on analysis of how language, visual, and cinematic representations in texts invite us to occupy various positions as readers and rhetors. In my current project, I am investigating issues of rhetorical agency in public confession and performative apology — in literature, popular media, and the classroom.

I also write about the politics of writing instruction and efforts to reconfigure divisions and hierarchies in English studies. In 2010 NCTE published a collection I edited with Kristine Hansen, College Credit for Writing in High School: The "Taking Care of" Business, which explores the complexity of issues involved in the outsourcing of writing instruction to non-college providers. This book won the 2012 WPA Best Book Award from the Council of Writing Program Administrators.

I have served as director of composition as well as associate and acting chair of the English department. I teach courses in writing, rhetoric and composition theory, and literature. I also coordinate the dual-credit college composition course for high school teachers as part of IU's Advance College Project. Currently, on a two-year grant from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, I am directing a professional development project pairing university faculty with secondary English teachers to work on strategies for integrating literary and non-literary texts and teaching critical thinking, reading and writing that will prepare students for college courses.

Read an article about the Writing and Reading Alignment Project

Read an article about mentoring new instructors in the Composition Program

Read an article about Professor Farris’s work in rhetoric

Journal Articles and Other Publications

Selected Articles:

"The Help as Noncomplicit Identification and Nostalgic Revision." Rhetorics of Whiteness: Postracial Hauntings in Popular Culture, Social Media, and Education. Ed. Tammie Kennedy, Joyce Middleton, and Krista Ratcliffe. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, forthcoming, 2016.

"Literature and Composition Pedagogy." A Guide to Composition Pedagogies. Ed. Gary Tate, Amy Rupiper Taggart, Kurt Schick and H. Brooke Hessler. Oxford University Press, 2013, 163-176.

"Managing the Subject of Composition Studies: Review Essay." College Composition and Communication 65:1. September 2013, 209-216.

"The Maternal Melodrama of Writing Program Administration." Performing Feminism and Administration in Rhetoric and Composition Studies. Ed. Krista Ratcliffe and Rebecca Rickly, Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2010, 67-75.

"Minding the Gap and Learning the Game: Differences that Matter Between High School and College Writing." College Credit for Writing in High School: The "Taking Care of" Business. Ed. Kristine Hansen and Christine R. Farris, NCTE, 2010, 272-282.

"Inventing the University in High School," College Composition and Communication 61: 1, September, 2009, W410-417.

Selected Honors and Awards:
  • Improving Teacher Quality Grant Award, Writing and Reading Alignment Project. Indiana Commission for Higher Education, 2014-2016.
  • WPA Best Book Award, Council of Writing Program Administrators, 2012.
  • George Pinnell Award for Outstanding Service, Indiana University (system-wide), 2012.
  • Distinguished Service Award, Indiana University-Bloomington, 2012.
  • President's Award for Distinguished Teaching, Indiana University, 1998.
  • Provost's Outstanding Junior Faculty Teaching Award, University of Missouri, 1990.