Chris Warnick

Professor and Director of Writing, Rhetoric, and Publication

Chris Warnick received his Ph.D. in English, with a concentration in composition, literacy, pedagogy, and rhetoric from the University of Pittsburgh. He researches and teaches courses in first-year writing, literacy, interdisciplinary composition, and the teaching of writing. He currently serves as Associate and Submissions Editor of the journal Literacy in Composition Studies.

He directs and teaches in the Writing, Rhetoric, and Publication program ( and as well as in the first-year writing program.


Ph.D., English, with a concentration in Composition, Literacy, Pedagogy, and Rhetoric, University of Pittsburgh

M.A., English, University of Pittsburgh

B.A., English, Ohio State University

Research Interests

  • Editing and publishing
  • Writing program administration
  • Composition theory and pedagogy
  • Literacy studies
  • First-year writing
  • Writing across the curriculum / writing in the disciplines
  • Histories of writing instruction

Courses Taught

ENGL 110: Introduction to Academic Writing

ENGL 215: Interdisciplinary Composition

ENGL 225: Introduction to Writing Studies

ENGL 299: Introduction to English Studies

ENGL 310: Theories of Teaching Writing

ENGL 366: Editing and Publishing

ENGL 466: Writing the History of English at C of C


Recent Publications

“Investigate, Target, Implement, Persevere: Understanding the Academic Publishing Process through Editors’ Eyes.” (Co-written with Brenda Glascott, Tara Lockhart, Justin Lewis, Holly Middleton, and Juli Parrish.) Explanation Points: Publishing in Rhetoric and Composition. Ed. John R. Gallagher and Danielle Nicole DeVoss. Logan: Utah State UP, 2019. 

"There and Back Again, Sort Of: Returning as WPA (and Preparing to Leave)." WPAs in Transition: Navigating Educational Leadership Positions. Utah State UP, 2017.