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About Bruce Ballenger

Dr. Bruce Ballenger joined the faculty of the Department of English at Boise State University in 1995 with a Ph.D. in Composition and Literature from the University of New Hampshire. His earlier degrees include an M.A. in English with an emphasis in Nonfiction Writing, an M.S. in Natural Resources with an emphasis in Environmental Communication, and a B.S. in Population Dynamics with a minor in Botany. His books include the best-selling textbooks 'The Curious Writer' and 'The Curious Researcher', and his latest title, 'Crafting Truth: Short Studies in Creative Nonfiction', is a study of how the best American creative nonfiction writers tell true stories. His professional scholarship shares his experiences and theories of teaching composition, and much of his creative nonfiction explores our place in time and the natural world. Dr. Ballenger retired from Boise State in the spring of 2018.

In addition to teaching and writing, Dr. Ballenger is a popular conference presenter, speaker, and consultant.


Present Professor, Boise State University Department of English

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Honors and Awards

  • 2003-2004: Idaho State Board of Education Technology Incentive Grant
  • 2009, 2010: Excellence in Teaching Award Finalist, College of Arts and Sciences, Boise State University
  • 2016-2017 College of Arts and Sciences Award for Faculty Excellence


  • Creative Nonfiction
  • 20th Century American Nonfiction
  • Nonfiction Form and Theory
  • Composition and Rhetorical Theory
  • Composition
  • Advanced Composition
  • American Literature

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