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About Michelle Payne

Dr. Michelle Payne earned a Ph.D. in English, Composition and Literature, from the University of New Hampshire in 1997. She has an M.A. in Composition and Rhetoric from Florida State University, and a B.A. in English Literature, with a minor in Creative Writing, from Miami University in Ohio. Dr. Payne has been teaching in the Department of English at Boise State University since earning her doctorate. She has served as Director of the Writing Center, and now serves as Department Chair. She teaches nonfiction writing, first-year composition, theories of rhetoric and composition, feminist literary theory, and research methods in composition and rhetoric. Her dissertation focused on students writing about the body, and the professional and ethical concerns for teachers and students when students write about these issues within a college or university setting, and her current research explores the literacies of faith-centered students in the writing classroom.


2018 - Present Assistant Provost, Boise State University Academic Leadership and Faculty Affairs
Present Professor and Department Chair, Department of English, Boise State University Department of English
2003 - 2006 Director of the First-Year Writing Program, Boise State University Department of English
1998 - 2003 Assistant Director, Boise State University Department of English

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Honors and Awards

  • 2010-2011 - President’s Leadership Academy, Boise State University
  • 2004 - Larry Selland Humanitarian Award, Boise State University Women’s Center
  • 2002 - Outstanding English Faculty, English Majors Association


  • Composition and Rhetorical Theory
  • Nonfiction Writing
  • Advanced Nonfiction Writing
  • English Composition
  • Introduction to English Studies
  • Feminist Literary Theory
  • Seminar for Teaching Assistants
  • Theories of Rhetoric and Composition
  • Internet English Composition
  • Introduction to Research Methods in Composition Studies
  • Literature of the Personal Essay

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Books (3)

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Contributions to Books (6)

Presentations (5)