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About David Seitz

David Seitz was a Professor of Rhetoric and Writing at Wright State University where he directed the Writing Programs in the Department of English, teaches undergraduate courses in academic writing, rhetoric, business writing, and creative nonfiction and graduate courses in teaching college writing. Among other publications, he has published Elements of Literacy (Longman/Pearson, 2008) a textbook that makes accessible literacy research in five sites of practice: mind, culture, social class, work, and technology. His ethnographic research, Who Can Afford Critical Consciousness?: Practicing a Pedagogy of Humility (Hampton Press, 2004) addresses approaches to teaching critical writing with working-class and multicultural students. In addition, he has written on teaching ethnography in undergraduate rhetoric courses, teaching the mediations of ethnographic and virtual worlds, innovative practices for graduate teaching, and on students writing parody to analyze rhetoric. David sang with the World House Choir, a 100+ member chorus dedicated to peace and social justice, served on the board of Home Inc., an organization for affordable housing, and has written and produced radio stories for WYSO, the local public radio affiliate.


2007 Professor, Wright State University ‐ English Language and Literatures
2003 - 2007 Associate Professor, Wright State University ‐ English Language and Literatures
1998 - 2003 Assistant Professor, Wright State University ‐ English Language and Literatures
1991 - 1998 Instructor, The University of Illinois at Chicago
1987 - 1988 Course Assistant, The University Of Michigan

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Literacy Studies and Ethnography


2018 Writing Experience and Outcomes of Dual Enrollment Writing Students: A State-Wide Study
Council of Writing Program Administrators
Colleague(s): Ashley Hall
2014 Research on Alumni from WSU MA Composition and Rhetoric Program 1999-2014
Wright State University College of Liberal Arts Grant
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Professional Service and Affiliations

1991 - Present National Council of Teachers of English, Member
1991 - Present Conference on College Composition and Communication, Member
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Honors and Awards

  • Professional Development Leave WSU College of Liberal Arts 2005
  • Outstanding Graduate Faculty WSU English Graduate Organization 2004
  • Frederick Stern Teaching Award University of Illinois at Chicago 1996
  • Phi Beta Kappa 1985


1998 Ph.D., The University of Illinois at Chicago ‐ Language, Literacy, and Rhetoric
1988 M.A., The University Of Michigan ‐ English Literature
1984 B.A., Brandeis University ‐ English

Contact Information

Millett Hall 473
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton, OH 45435-0001
(937) 775-3338


Articles (3)

Books (2)

Creative Scholarship (6)

Contributions to Books (5)

Presentations (28)