Tim Peeples

Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Professor of English
Alamance Building 118D
2200 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
peeples@elon.edu (336) 278-5613

Brief Biography

Tim Peeples joined the Elon faculty in 1998, has served as an assistant and associate professor of English, and was the first faculty administrative fellow, sitting on the university’s senior staff and working in the office President Lambert from 2004 to 2006. He served as associate dean of Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences, from 2006 to 2010, and now serves as associate provost for faculty affairs and holds the rank of professor.

Since coming to Elon, Peeples has led the creation of a nationally recognized undergraduate curriculum in Professional Writing and Rhetoric, served as the founding director of Writing Across the Curriculum, served as director of the Writing Center, and represented the faculty on Academic Council from 2000-2003. He received the Excellence in Service/Leadership Award from Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences, in 2004 and a Faculty Excellence award in 2010 for exemplary leadership and commitment to the values of a liberal education.

Peeples was one of the central figures in the study and establishment of Elon University’s School of Law, as well as the university’s Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. He was instrumental in increasing the percentage of tenure-track faculty at Elon. In 2007 and 2008, Peeples co-chaired with Tom Henricks the Presidential Task Force on Scholarship, one of the corner stones of Elon’s current ten-year strategic plan, the Elon Commitment.

Prior to joining the faculty at Elon, Peeples gained ten years of experience teaching first-year, business, and professional writing at Northern Arizona, Purdue University, and West Georgia College, where he was a full-time faculty member for four years. During that time, Peeples also developed and directed a summer writing program based on pre-engineering curricula for first-generation Navajo, Hopi, and Hispanic students, was assistant director of composition, assistant director for a PhD program in rhetoric and composition, assistant director of business writing, and assistant director of professional writing.


Peeples’ research agenda can be broadly defined as exploring and influencing "the (re)production of rhetorical space.”

Rhetoric is a ubiquitous human activity, whether or not individuals realize they are participating in any such activity. Rhetoric is also always participating in the re-production of cultures (i.e., ways of being with, among, for one another). But so are other sorts of human practices, like management/administration. "Rhetorical space" – the places (discursive-and-material) where we learn, study, theorize, construct, and practice rhetorics – is a significant part of culture and, thus, human ways of being.

This scholarly agenda has led Peeples to focus on examining and influencing the ways rhetorical space is re-produced in and through the (everyday) practices of professional writing and management/administration, examining and constructing more critically reflective and action-oriented intersections between rhetoric and professional writing and, also, management/administration/organization and the re-production of rhetorical space (e.g., writing programs).


Sample Publications:

  • Professional Writing and Rhetoric: Readings from the Field. Addison, Wesley, and Longman, 2003.
  • Four Worlds of Writing: Inquiry and Action in Context, 4th edition. Co-authored with Janice Lauer et al. New York: Pearson/Addison, Wesley, and Longman, August 2000. 
  • “Re-Mapping Professional Writing: Articulating the State of the Art and Composition Studies” (with Bill Hart-Davidson). Exploring Composition Studies. Eds. Paul Matsuda and Kelly Ritter. Utah State University Press (forthcoming)
  • “Forging Rhetorical Subjects: Problem-Based Learning in the Writing Classroom” (with Paula Rosinski). Composition Studies (forthcoming)
  •  “Chronos and Kairos, Strategies and Tactics: The Case of Constructing Elon University’s Professional Writing and Rhetoric Program.” (with Paula Rosinski and Michael Strickland) Composition Studies, Spring 2007. (Special issue on undergraduate majors in rhetoric and writing studies)
  • “Techniques, Technologies, and the Deskilling of Rhetoric and Composition: Managing the Knowledge-Intensive Work of Writing Instruction.” (with Bill Hart-Davidson) Labor, Writing Technologies, and the Shaping of Composition in the Academy. Eds. Pam Takayoshi and Patricia Sullivan. Hampton Press, 2005.
  • “The WPA Apprenticeship: Learning to be Good Citizens of/for Our Institutions.” (with Jennifer Morrison) Culture Shock and the Practice of Profession: Training the Next Wave in Rhetoric and Composition. Eds. Virginia Anderson and Susan Romano. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2005.
  • “Program Administrators as/and Postmodern Planners: Frameworks for Making Tomorrow’s Writing Space.” The Writing Program Administrator as Theorist: Making Knowledge Work. Eds. Shirley K Rose and Irwin Weiser. Portsmouth, NH: Hienemann-Boyton-Cook, 2002.
  • “ ‘Seeing’ the WPA through Postmodern Mapping.” The Writing Program Administrator as Researcher: Inquiry in Action and Reflection. Eds. Shirley K Rose and Irwin Weiser. Portsmouth, NH: Hienemann-Boyton/Cook, 1999.
  • “Grading the ‘Subject’: Questions of Expertise and Evaluation.” (with Bill Hart-Davidson) Grading in the Post-Process Classroom. Eds. Libby Allison, Lizbeth Bryant, and Maureen Hourigan.  Portsmouth, NH:  Heinemann-Boynton/Cook, 1997.


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