Mark Withrow coordinates the Speech program. He is the co-author of Readings Are Writings: A Guide to Reading and Writing Well, published by Prentice Hall in 1996. He received his Doctoral degree in English from Illinois State University, where he studied Composition Theory, Rhetoric, Literature and Creative Writing. His dissertation is entitled Enhancing Students' Relationship with Language: Instructional Strategies for Teaching Reading and Writing. He served as an editor of Illinois State's journal of creative writing, Druid's Cave, from 1985-1989.
Dr. Withrow served as the Reading Program Acting Coordinator in Spring 2003 and has previously coordinated the Writing across the Curriculum program for several years and served as Director of Composition from 1991 until 2000. He has also served as Acting Chairperson during summer term, including during July of 2003. In addition to teaching writing and literature courses in the English Department, he has taught graduate courses in the Masters of Arts in Teaching program and has served as a tutor trainer for both Montgomery Ward and Cabrini Connections. He has presented papers on teaching pedagogy at such national conferences at CCCC's and NCTE as well as at Allerton House and other venues. He has also published several short stories.
B.S., Mass Communications Illinois State University 1981
M.S., Writing Illinois State University 1987
D.A., English Illinois State University 1990