Matthew McCurrie

Matthew McCurrie - Columbia College Chicago

Matthew McCurrie

Associate Professor


Matthew Kilian McCurrie received his Ph.D. in English Studies from Illinois State University. Matt currently coordinates the Graduate Student Instructor program and teaches courses in the writing and literature programs.

Matt’s research interests include writing pedagogy, biblical and religious rhetoric, and English Education. He has published in College Composition and Communication, Pedagogy, Journal of Basic Writing, English Education, Composition Forum, The Journal of Writing Teacher Education, The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, and Journal of Expanded Perspectives on Learning. He has also published in edited collections on English teacher education and recently collaborated with other faculty to write a new first year writing textbook, Key Concepts in Writing and Rhetoric (2014). Among his recent and forthcoming publications are “When Shift Happens: Creating Adaptive, Reflective, and Confident Writers” in Teachers, Profs, Parents: Writers Who Care (forthcoming August 2015) and “Determining the Limits of Apology: The Sexual Abuse Crisis in Ireland’s Catholic Church” in The International Journal of Religion andSpirituality in Society (August 2013). Matt also regularly presents his research at NCTE, CCCC, and RSA conferences.

Prior to coming to Columbia, Matt taught at Louisiana State University where

he was an Assistant Professor of English Education and director of the LSU Writing Project, an affiliate of the National Writing Project. Matt also taught high school English for 12 years.

Instructional Areas

Writing, Rhetoric, and Literature

Creative Practice and Research Interests

Writing Pedagogy, Multimodal Composition, Biblical and Religious Rhetoric


B.A., English Iona College 1986
M.A., English University of Notre Dame 1992
Ph.D., English Studies Illinois State University 2001