Jim Stafford

Jim Stafford

Assistant Professor, Department of Writing
Faculty, School of Humanities and Sciences

Specialty:Composition, Professional Writing and Rhetoric
Phone:(607) 274-5145
Office:413 Smiddy Hall
Ithaca, NY 14850

          Professional writing students should know that creating a document can be an imaginative, rewarding experience. After that daunting period of eye strain in front of a blank screen, the author can begin to re-imagine the writing challenge as one that includes an audience of real human beings, intricate contexts, connections to at least several cultures, and previous documents and words that have emerged from history. I work to create classroom situations within which students’ conversations can be both directed and creative. Our hoped-for products are ones that are delightfully surprising, strategic and make positive changes in society.



  • Composition
  • Professional Writing & Rhetoric
  • Publishing
  • Writing Center Scholarship


  • Ph.D. Rhetoric and Composition, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, 2000 
  • M.A. English, Radford University, 1992
  • M.A. Education, Virginia Tech, 1990
  • B.A. English, University of Virginia, 1987  

Selected Publications and Conferences

Undressing for Art: Smart Ways for Small Presses to Share in their Writers' Creative Processes. Associated Writers and Writing Programs Conference. Washington, DC, with Ithaca College students Alexia Farabaugh and Grace Rachwalski, March, 2017. 

What Protest Affords: Learning and Teaching from Activism in the NeoLiberal University. SUNY Council on Writing Conference, Albany, NY, with Tom Girshin, Erin Francisco and Heather Bartlett., March, 2016. 

Experimenting with Coding to Assess Tutor Training. nternational Writing Center Conference, Tampa, FL, with Tyrell Stewart-Harris, March, 2015. 

Writing Programs as Carnival Spaces: How Valuing New Media Texts Changed Four Instructional Landscapes. 2014 SUNY Council on Writing Conference. Syracuse, NY, with Tom Friedrich, Tom Halford, and Athena Castro-Lewadowski of SUNY Plattsburgh. 

Headline: Tutors Define, Revise, Re-Imagine their Writing Center with an Epic Film. International Writing Center Conference, Indianapolis, IN, with Ithaca College students David Anderson and Elizabeth Levine, March 2014. 

Fostering New-Media-Based Communities in Professional Writing Courses. SUNY Council on Writing Conference, Buffalo, NY. With Tom Girshin and Susan Adams Delaney, March, 2013. 

The Awareness within Style: A Bakhtinian Reading of Mark Twain's "Life on the MIssissippi." Mark Twain Conference, Elmira, New York, August, 2005. 

Puerto Ricans' History and Promise. Harding House Publishing, 2005. (A book about Puerto Rico's history for 12-14 year olds. Approximately 100 pages).






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