Sheldon Walcher

Sheldon Walcher

Sheldon Walcher

Associate Dean English and Academic ESL

Tel.: (630) 942-3628
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2616F

I am very excited to serve as the Associate Dean for English and Academic ESL in the Liberal Arts Division at COD. My biggest passion is working with people, so one of the great joys of a job like mine is the opportunity to assist others—whether students, faculty, staff, or fellow administrators—to reflect on and achieve their goals. Indeed, that is at the heart of my educational philosophy: that real success depends on creating an environment of mutual support, respect, and continuous improvement, where creativity and experimentation are highly valued, and where each day is truly seen as an opportunity for intellectual discovery and personal transformation.

Areas of Research Interest:

  • Higher Education Administration and Policy
  • Online and Blended Learning
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Composition Theory and Pedagogy
  • Critical Literacy and Social Justice Studies

Recent Courses Taught:

Writing Social Justice
Epic Fail? – Rhetoric and Writing in the Digital Age
Writing in Academic, Professional and Public Contexts
Writing for the Workplace
Business Writing
Professional Writing
Introduction to Composition
Advanced Composition
Composition Theory and Pedagogy
History of Rhetoric

Current Projects:

Writing With Power: A Social Rhetoric (textbook project under contract with Fountainhead Press) 

"Developing Online and Blended Courses at a Selective Research University" (master's project for the MSHE program at Northwestern University)

Selected Publications, Presentations, Performances, Books:

"Rise of the MOOCs," Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching, Northwestern University (2013).

"The CWPA Mentoring Report." WPA: Writing Program Administration. Volume: 34.1 (2011).

"Adjuncting, Teaching, and Long-term Career Success," Graduate Student Development Conference, Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Chicago (2012).

"Bridging the Gap: Thinking about Student 'Success' Programmatically," Faculty Forum on Student Retention, Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL (2011).

"WPA 2.0: New Directions in Writing Programs and Administration," The Conference on College Composition and Communication, Louisville (2010).

"Being Geniuses Together: The Collaborative Nature of Textbook Publishing," Council of Writing Program Administrators Annual Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota (2009).

"Mentoring and Collaboration in WPA Work," WPA Summer Workshop, Minneapolis (2009).

"Subversive Rhetorics: The Compositional History of Urinetown: The Musical," Pre-Performance Talk, Departments of English and Theater and Dance, University of Southern Mississippi (2009).

"Error as Radical Productivity: Composition and Writing in a Post-Pedagogic Age," The Conference on College Composition and Communication, San Francisco (2008).

"Environmentalist Approaches to Portals and Course Management Systems." Journal of Library Administration. Volume: 43:1/2 (2005); reprinted in Portals and Libraries, Sarah Michalak, ed.. New York: Routledge (2005).

"What We Talk About When We Talk About Error (And What We Mean by it When We Don't," The Conference on College Composition and Communication, San Francisco (2005).



Ph.D. in English (Rhetoric and Composition), University of Utah
M.F.A. in English (Fiction Writing), The Pennsylvania State University
B.A. in Literature and Philosophy, The University of California at Santa Cruz

Additional Administrative Training:
M.S. in Higher Education Policy and Administration, School of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University

Awards and Recognitions:

  • National Center for Academic Transformation/IHL Course Redevelopment Grant
  • Ramona W. Cannon Award for Teaching Excellence, University of Utah
  • Lawrence J. Burton Fellowship, University of Utah
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society, Penn State University
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society, University of California at Santa Cruz

 Additional Interest:

  • Travel
  • Hiking, Backpacking, Camping, Skiing
  • Blogging and Social Media
  • Modern Art


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