Betsy Verhoeven, Ph.D.

Department: School of Arts and Sciences

Associate Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences

Associate Professor of English & Creative Writing

  • Education
  • PHD, Univ of Denver
  • MA, Oklahoma State Univ Stillwater
  • BA, Oklahoma State Univ Stillwater

Verhoeven is the writing coordinator and an assistant professor of English. She teaches composition and rhetoric, including Writing and Thinking classes and upper-division courses in publishing and in the rhetoric of popular culture, American identity, and environmentalism. She is honored to hold a Winifred and Gustave Weber Fellowship in the Humanities.

Scholarly interests include the history of rhetoric, especially the newspaper rhetoric of women and laboring classes during the American Revolution. She recently published a paper in Rhetoric Society Quarterly on female editorialists of the revolutionary period and is drafting a book-length project on the vernacular rhetoric of a Boston newspaper, The Massachusetts Spy. While pursuing a Mellon postdoctoral fellowship at Duke University's multi-disciplinary first-year writing program, she became interested in how writing varies across disciplines, and she is co-authoring an article with archeologist Christine Beaule, Ph.D., on variations in humanities and science approaches to presenting evidence in research papers.

Courses taught:

  • ENGL-100 Writing and Thinking
  • ENGL-290 Aesthetics and Interpretation
  • ENGL-299 Professional & Civic Writing
  • ENGL-381 Adv Comp: Rhetoric & the Environment
  • ENGL-385 Rhetoric and Democracy
  • ENGL-388 Publishing: Ethics/Art/Politic
  • ENGL-388 Publishing: Ethics/Art/Politics
  • ENGL-540 Internship
  • HONS-301 Rhetoric and Democracy
  • POLI-300 Rhetoric and Democracy
  • WRIT-540 Internship