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David Alton Jolliffe

David Alton Jolliffe


J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences


Phone: 479-575-4301

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David Jolliffe is professor of English and, by courtesy, Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Arkansas, where he is the initial occupant of the Brown Chair in English Literacy.  He earned a B.A. in English, magna cum laude, from Bethany College in 1974; an M.A. in English from West Virginia University in 1980; and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas in 1984.  A native of New Martinsville, West Virginia, Jolliffe began his career as an educator at Triadelphia High School and then at Wheeling Park High School, where he taught both English and theatre.  Jolliffe has also taught at West Virginia University, Bethany, the University of Texas, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and DePaul University.  He moved to Fayetteville in 2005 to inaugurate the work of the Brown Chair, whose mission is to promote critical and effective literacy among Arkansans in all walks of life.

The author or editor of 13 books and more than 40 articles on the history and theory of rhetoric, the teaching of writing, and the preparation of writing teachers, Jolliffe has always connected his work to the arts, particularly to theatre. Currently, his office sponsors a program called the Arkansas Studio Project, which offers arts-infused literacy-enrichment activities in secondary schools in Springdale, Arkansas.  He acts regularly with The Classical Edge Theatre Company, which offers free, outdoor productions of William Shakespeare’s works in Northwest Arkansas and throughout the state.  In the summer of 2015, the Brown Chair will co-sponsor a summer drama camp at the University of Arkansas for students who attend small, rural high schools in the Arkansas Delta.

Jolliffe has been actively involved with the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition Program since 1992.  He served as Chief Reader for AP English Language from 2003 through 2007 and again from 2010 through 2011.

Literacy theory and practice, history and theory of rhetoric, teaching of English

Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin

Book and Monographs

  • Roskelly, Hephzibah, and David A. Jolliffe.  Everyday Use:  Rhetoric at Work in Reading and Writing.  New York :  Pearson/Longman, 2005; 2nd edition, 2008.
  • Joliffe, David A., ed. Reading and Writing Analytically. Everday Use: Rhetoric at Work in Reading and Writing.
  • Mulvaney, Mary Kay, and David A. Jolliffe.  Academic Writing:  Genres, Samples, and Resources.   New York :  Pearson/Longman, 2005.
  • Jolliffe, David A.  Pre-AP Strategies in English:  Rhetoric.  New York :  College Entrance Examination Board, 2004.
  • Jolliffe, David A., Michael Keene, Ralph Voss, and Mary Trachsel, eds.  Against the Grain:  A Volume for Maxine Hairston.  Cresskill, NJ :  Hampton Press, 2002.
  • Jolliffe, David A.  Inquiry and Genre: Writing to Learn in College.  Boston : Allyn and Bacon,1998.
  • Covino, William A., and David A. Jolliffe, eds. Rhetoric: Concepts, Definitions, Boundaries.  Boston :  Allyn & Bacon, 1995.
  • Anson, Chris M., Joan Graham, David A. Jolliffe, Nancy Shapiro, and Carolyn Smith. Scenarios for Teaching Writing:  Contexts for Discussion and Reflective Practice.  Urbana , IL : National Council of Teachers of English, 1993.
  • Jolliffe, David A., ed.  Writing in Academic Disciplines.  Advances in Writing Research,Volume2.  Norwood , NJ :  Ablex, 1988.
  • Faigley, Lester, Roger D. Cherry, David A. Jolliffe, and Anna M. Skinner.
    Assessing Writers' Knowledge and Processes of Composing.  Norwood , NJ :  Ablex, 1985.

Articles, Chapters, and Technical Reports

  • Jolliffe, David A., and Allison Harl, "Studying the 'Reading Transition' from High School to College." College English 70.6 (2008): 599-617.
  • Jollife, David A. "Learning to Read as Continuing Education." College Composition and Communication 58.3 (February 2007): 470-494.
  • Jolliffe, David A., and Allison Harl, "First-Year Students as Readers: Studying the High School-to-College Transition." All Things Academic 7.3 (September 2006): 1-10.
  • Jolliffe, David A., and Bernard Phelan, "Advanced Placement, Not Advanced Exemption: Challenges for High Schools, Colleges, and Universities." Delivering College Composition: The Fifth Canon, ed. Kathleen Blake Yancey. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, Boynton/Cook, 2006. 89-103.
  • Jolliffe, David A.  “Composition by Immersion:  Writing Your Way into a Mission- Driven University.”  City Comp:  Identities, Spaces, Practices, eds. Bruce McComiskey and Cynthia Ryan.  Albany :  State U of New York P, 2003.  159-171.
  • Sisserson, Kendra, Carmen Manning, Annie Knepler, and David A. Jolliffe, “Criteria For Measuring Authentic Intellectual Achievement in Writing.”  Practice in Context: Situating the Work of Writing Teachers, eds. Peggy O’Neill and Cynthia Moore.  Urbana , IL :  National Council of Teachers of English, 2002.  285-294.
  • Sisserson, Kendra, Carmen Manning, Annie Knepler, and David A. Jolliffe, “Authentic Intellectual Achievement in Writing.”  English Journal 91.6 (2002):  63-69.
  • Chaden, Caryn, Roger Graves, David A. Jolliffe, and Peter Vandenberg, “Confronting Clashing Discourses:  Writing the Space Between Classroom and Community in Service-Learning Courses.”  Reflections 2.2 (2002):  13-39.
  • Jolliffe, David A.  “Writing Across the Curriculum and Service Learning: Kairos, Genre, and Collaboration.”   Writing Across the Curriculum for the New Millennium: Strategies for  Continuing Writing Across the Curriculum Programs, eds. Susan McLeod, Eric Miraglia,  Margot Soven, and Christopher Thaiss.  Urbana , IL : National Council of Teachers of English, 86-108.
  • Jolliffe, David A.  “Discourse.”  The Routledge Encyclopedia of Postmodernism, eds.Victor Taylor and Charles E. Winquist.  London : Routledge, 2001.  101-103.
  • Jolliffe, David A.  “Genre.”  The Routledge Encyclopedia of Postmodernism, eds. Victor Taylor and Charles E. Winquist.  London : Routledge, 2001.  152-154.
  • Jolliffe, David A.  "Preparing All Students for the New Workplace Literacy:  Avenues for English Instruction in High Schools and Colleges."  Expanding Literacies:  English Teaching  and the New Workplace, eds., Mary Sue Garay and Steven Bernhardt.  Albany , NY :  SUNY Press, 1998.  285-298.
  • Jolliffe, David A.  "Finding Yourself in the Text:  Identity Formation in the Discourse of Workplace Documents."  Changing Work, Changing Workers: Critical Perspectives on Language, Literacy, and Skills, ed. Glynda Hull .  Albany , NY :  SUNY Press, 1997.  335-349.
  • Jolliffe, David A.  "Argument."  Keywords for Composition Studies, eds. Paul Heilker and Peter Vandenberg.  Portsmouth , NH : Heinemann-Boynton/Cook, 1996.  14-17.
  • Jolliffe, David A., and William A. Covino.  "Rhetoric."  Keywords for Composition Studies, eds. Paul Heilker and Peter Vandenberg.  Portsmouth , NH : Heinemann-Boynton/Cook, 1996.   213-216.