2017 Keynote Speaker

Stuart Blythe

Thursday, October 19

Del Norte Room


STUART BLYTHE is the associate chair for undergraduate studies in the department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University. For the past 30 years, he has worked in many facets of higher education. This includes teaching writing and rhetoric at five separate departments of English, working as an administrator and adviser in an office of admissions and career services, overseeing the transition of Purdue's Online Writing Lab to the World Wide Web, and serving as writing program administrator and then interim department chair on a campus of approximately 10,000 students. 


Stuart's research interests have focused generally on writing and rhetoric in complex institutional settings. A couple publications on this theme have won awards: "Institutional Critique" (winner of the 2001 Richard Braddock Award for best article in College Composition and Communication) and “Action Research and Wicked Environmental Problems" (winner of the 2009 NCTE Award for best article reporting qualitative or quantitative research in technical and scientific communication). 


Stuart is currently working on a book, entitled Inventing Writing Majors, that explores theoretical, institutional, and historical forces that shape the development of such programs while also offering heuristic advice on the creation or revision of programs in writing and rhetoric.