Dr. Anne Boyle
I began teaching at Wake Forest in 1986, when it was a small, regional, liberal arts college where every member of the English Department taught composition and literature courses to mostly North Carolinian students. So much has changed since then. The department has grown, as has the student body; we are now a nationally ranked university, but perhaps the most exciting transformation is that in 2010, the Department of English established a new writing program. I am honored to be the first director of that program.
While I continue to love to teach both composition and literature, I am most excited to be working with Wake Forest’s new writing faculty and with faculty across the disciplines as we design and develop our program. Although my primary field of study was in 20th century American literature and women and literature, I have had an abiding interest in composition and writing studies since I was asked to direct the reading/writing lab in graduate school—and yes, it was called a lab, rather than a center in those days.
My publications include Strange and Lurid Bloom: A Study of the Fiction of Caroline Gordon and “An Education in Writing: Stories that Serve the Community and First-Year College Writers,” an article accepted for publication in Service-Learning in the Composition Classroom, Fountainhead Press X Series. In addition to directing the Writing Program, I am a member of the Advisory Board for the Institute for Public Engagement at Wake Forest University, as well as past director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and the ACE Fellows Service Learning Program.