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Irvin Peckham, PhD

Director, First-Year Writing Program; Teaching Professor

Dr. Irvin Peckham

Office: 5043 MacAlister Hall
Phone: 215.895.6647
Email: ipeckham@drexel.edu


Education

  • University of California, San Diego. PhD: English and American Literature, emphasis on Rhetoric and Composition
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison. M.A. English Literature
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison. B.S. English Literature

Biography

I have taught writing at high school and college levels. After receiving my PhD, I taught at the University of Nebraska, Omaha; Louisiana State University; and now at Drexel University.

My research interests are social class theory and writing instruction; writing assessment; and the use of personal writing in classroom settings. I have been a writing program director at Nebraska, LSU, and now at Drexel and am actively involved in issues associated with the administration of required writing programs.

I am an avid biker (mountain, road, and motorcycle) and love to sing and play my guitar, preferably with friends. I know what a gift life is and why it shouldn’t be wasted.


Publications

Books:

Peckham, Irvin, Edward White, and Norbert Elliot. Very Like a Whale: The Evaluation of Writing Instruction. Utah State UP. (In Press).

Peckham, Irvin. Going North, Thinking West: The Intersections of Social Class, Critical Thinking, and Politicized Writing Instruction. Logan, Utah. Utah State UP. 2010.

Peckham, Irvin. Introduction to Writing at LSU. Electronic Textbook. 2004.

Articles:

Peckham, Irvin, and Dylan Dryer. “Social Contexts of Writing Assessment: Toward an Ecological Construct of ‘the Reader.’” WPA: Writing Program Administration. (In Press).

Peckham, Irvin. “Placing Assessment and Curriculum in Dialogue with Each Other.” In Writing Assessment in the 21st Century: Essays in Honor of Edward White. Eds. Les Perelman and Norbert Elliot. Hampton Press, 2012: 169-186.

Peckham, Irvin, and Bradley Hammer. “The State of Contingency: A Report from the CCCC Committee on Part-time, Adjunct or Contingent Labor.” Forum 14.1 (2010): A3-A7.

Peckham, Irvin. “Online Challenge Versus Offline ACT.” CCC. 62 (2010). 718-745.

Peckham, Irvin. “Nightmares Can Be Useful: Resituating Re-articulation Agreements for Required Writing Courses in Louisiana.” Journal of College Writing. 10 (2010): 1-14.

Peckham, Irvin. “Online Placement in First-Year Writing.” CCC. 60 (2009): 517-540.

Peckham, Irvin. “Acting Justly.” In A 21st Century Approach To Teaching for Social Justice: Educating for Both Advocacy & Action. Ed. Richard Johnson, III. New York: Peter Lang Press, 2009: 75-90.

Peckham, Irvin. “The Stories We Tell.” In Considering Class: Essays on the Discourse of the American Dream. Eds. Kevin Cahill and Lene Johannessen. Berlin: Lit Verlag. 2007: 169-182.

Peckham, Irvin. “Turning Placement into Practice.” Writing Program Administration. 29 (2006): 65-84.

Peckham, Irvin, Linda Bergmann, William Condon, Susanmarie Harrington, and Keith Rhodes. “The Outcomes Project: The Insiders’ History.” In The Outcomes Project: Debate and Consensus after the Outcomes Statement. Eds. Susanmarie Harrington, Keith Rhodes, Ruth Fisher, and Rita Malenczyk. Logan, Utah: Utah State UP, 2005: 8-18.

Peckham, Irvin, Sherry Lee Linkon, and Benjamin G. Lanier-Nabors. “Struggling with Class in English Studies,” Introduction to special issue of College English, Peckham, Linkon, and Lanier-Nabors, Guest Editors. 67 (2004): 149-153.

Peckham, Irvin. “Freirean Codifications.” Pedagogy. 3.2 (2003): 227-244.

Peckham, Irvin. “An Idealized Outcomes-based First-year Writing Program.” In Strategies for Teaching First-year Composition. Eds. Duane Roen, Veronica Pantoja, Lauren Yena, Susan K. Miller, Eric Waggoner. Urbana Il: National Council of Teachers of English. 2002: 69-89.

Peckham, Irvin, Susanmarie Harrington, Rita Malencyzk, Keith Rhodes, and KathleenYancey, (2001). WPA Outcomes Statement for First-year Composition. College English, 63(2001): 321-325.