A leading scholar-teacher of rhetoric and writing, Cheryl Glenn is Liberal Arts Research Professor of English and Women's Studies, John Moore Teaching Mentor, and co-founder of Penn State's Center for Democratic Deliberation. She is also Professor and On-Site Director of the Bread Loaf Graduate School of English, Santa Fe Campus. Over the course of her career, she has won countless research, scholarship, teaching, and mentoring awards and has delivered lectures and workshops across North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Professor Glenn’s scholarly work focuses on histories of women’s rhetorics and writing practices, inclusionary rhetorical practices and theories, and contexts and processes for the teaching of writing. Her many scholarly publications include Rhetoric Retold: Regendering the Tradition from Antiquity Through the Renaissance; Unspoken: A Rhetoric of Silence; Silence and Listening as Rhetorical Arts; Rhetorical Education in America; The St. Martin’s Guide to Teaching Writing; The Writer’s Harbrace Handbook; Making Sense: A Real-World Rhetorical Reader; The Harbrace Guide for College Writers; and numerous articles, chapters, and essays. She and J. Michael Hogan co-edit “Rhetoric and Democratic Deliberation,” a Pennsylvania State University Press series. With Shirley Wilson Logan, she co-edits the Southern Illinois University Press series, “Studies in Rhetorics and Feminisms.”
Glenn’s rhetorical scholarship has earned her three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), book awards from Choice and from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women, a Best Article of the Year Award from College Composition and Communication, an Outstanding Article Award from Rhetoric Review, and the 2009 Rhetorician of the Year Award. She also has won five university teaching and mentoring awards. She served as 2008 Chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), the largest professional organization of writing teachers in the world. She also serves in a variety of other leadership roles at Penn State and for the National Council of Teachers of English, the Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition, the Modern Language Association, the Rhetoric Society of America, and NEH. She sits on the editorial board of numerous scholarly journals.
National Dissertation Awards of Advisees
Heather Brook Adams (2012), "On Secrets and Silences: Unwed Pregnancy Since the 1960s." Awarded the 2013 Conference on College Composition and Communication's 2013 James Berlin Dissertation Prize for the best dissertation in the field of rhetoric and composition.
Rosalyn Collings Eves (2008), “Mapping a Rhetorical Frontier: Nineteenth-Century Women’s Rhetorics in the American West.” Rhetoric Society of America Best Dissertation Prize, 2009. Instructor of Writing, Southern Utah University.
Jordynn Jack (2005), “Rhetorics of Time: Women’s Role in Wartime Science, 1939-1945.” One of two finalists for the American Society for the History of Rhetoric Best Dissertation Award. Awarded the Conference on College Composition and Communication’s 2006 James Berlin Dissertation Prize for best dissertation in the field of rhetoric and composition. Associate Professor of English at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
Jessica Enoch (2003), “Contested Education: The Resistant Pedagogies of Lydia Child, Zitkala Sa, Jovita Idar, and Soledade Flores de Pena.” Awarded one of ten Penn State University Alumni Association Dissertation Awards and the Conference on College Composition and Communication’s 2004 James Berlin Dissertation Prize for best dissertation in the field of rhetoric and composition. Associate Professor, University of Maryland.
Wendy Sharer (2001), “‘That We May Raise the Standard of Thought and Speech’: Rhetoric, Reform, and Political Activism in US Women’s Organizations, 1910-1930.” Awarded the Conference on College Composition and Communication’s 2002 James Berlin Dissertation Prize for best dissertation in the field of rhetoric and composition. Associate Professor, East Carolina University.
Dissertation Committees, Major Advisor
Sarah Summers (2014), "Graduate Writing Centers: Programs, Practices, Possibilities," in progress.
John Belk (2014), "Rhetorical Verse: Poetry as Political Discourse in Twentieth-Century America," in progress.
Heather Adams (2012), "Secrets and Silences: Rhetorics of Unwed Pregnancy since 1960."
Matthew Weiss (2012), co-director with Stuart Selber. “Periodic Audiences: Publication Technologies and the History and Future of the Public Sphere.” In progress.
Brandy Scalise (2011), co-director with Jack Selzer. “Preaching without a Pulpit: Women’s Rhetorical Contributions to Scientific Christianity in America, 1880-1915.” Lecturer, University of Kentucky.
Rebecca Wilson Lundin (2010), “Language, Rhetorical Education, and the Development of National Identity in Sixteenth-Century England. Free-lance technical writer.
Michelle Smith (2010), “Materializing Spatial Rhetoric: Women's Rhetorics and Utopian Spaces in 19th Century America.” Assistant Professor, Whitworth College.
Stacey Sheriff (2009), “Beyond Rhetorical Failure.” Assistant Professor, Bridgewater State University.
Rosalyn Collings Eves (2008), “Mapping a Rhetorical Frontier: Nineteenth-Century Women’s Rhetorics in the American West.” Director of Composition, Southern Utah University.
Scott Wible (2006), "Three Decades of Language Policies in the United States: 1974-2004." Associate Professor, University of Maryland.
Jordynn Jack (2005), “Rhetorics of Time: Women’s Role in Wartime Science, 1939 1945.” Associate Professor, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
Jessica Enoch (2003), “Contested Education: The Resistant Pedagogies of Lydia Child, Zitkala Sa, Jovita Idar, and Soledade Flores de Pena.” Associate Professor, University of Maryland.
Keith Gibson (2003), co-director with Jack Selzer. “Arguing Artificially: Understanding the Debates That Have Shaped Cognitive Science.” Associate Professor, Utah State University.
Wendy Sharer, (2001), “‘That We May Raise the Standard of Thought and Speech’: Rhetoric, Reform, and Political Activism in US Women’s Organizations, 1910 1930.” Associate Professor East Carolina University.
Kakie Urch (ABD), Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky.
- Rhetoric Retold
- Rhetorical Education in America
- Silence and Listening as Rhetorical Arts
- Harbrace Guide to Writing
Areas of Specialization
- Rhetoric and Composition
Rhetorical histories, historiography, and theories (ancient to contemporary); composition theory and practice; rhetorical delivery systems (speaking, writing, silence, and listening); feminist and gender theories; feminist historiography, pedagogies, and research methods; medieval and Renaissance literatures
- Theory and Cultural Studies