Pegeen Reichert Powell - Columbia College Chicago

Pegeen Reichert Powell



Pegeen Reichert Powell is the Chair of English and Creative Writing. She has taught in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric, with a special interest in first-year writing.

Pegeen’s research includes work on pedagogy, writing program administration, and critical discourse analysis. Her book, Retention and Resistance, about the problem of retention in higher education, was published by Utah State University Press in 2014. Her current project, an edited collection titled Writing Changes: Alphabetic Text and Multimodal Composition (forthcoming, 2020, MLA Publications), considers whether and how writing instruction might evolve in an era when digital, multimodal communication is ubiquitous. She has published in College Composition and Communication and JAC: Journal of Advanced Composition, as well as in edited collections in composition studies and in mothering studies. A collection of essays about feminist mothering titled Mothers Who Deliver, which Pegeen co-edited with Jocelyn Fenton Stitt, was published by SUNY Press (2010).

Pegeen received her Ph.D. in English from Miami University (Oxford, OH), focusing on Composition/Rhetoric and Sociolinguistics. Before coming to Columbia, she taught at Aurora University in Aurora, IL; St. Xavier University in Chicago; and Duke University in Durham, NC.

Instructional Areas

First-year writing, Politics of language, Writing pedagogy

Creative Practice and Research Interests

Retention, Writing pedagogy, Writing program administration, Feminist mothering studies


B.A., English and Spanish University of St. Thomas 1991
M.A., English Northeastern University 1995
Ph.D., English Miami University 2001