College of Arts and Sciences

Amy MossmanAmy Patrick Mossman


Sustainability Studies; Ecocriticism; Rhetoric; Writing Studies; Env. Communication
Ph.D. Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Communication

Office: Simpkins 217
Phone: 309/298-1103
Office Hours:  Mon: 10-11am; Tue: 10-11:30am; Wed: 10-11am (Spring 2018)
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Amy received her doctorate in Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Communication from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities with a focus in environmental rhetoric. She also holds an M.A. in Literature and Environment from the University of Nevada, Reno and a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in Geology and Earth Systems. At Western, she teaches environmental humanities, rhetoric, and writing courses. Her current research interests originate at the interdisciplinary intersection of sustainability, ecocriticism, and writing studies. Her dissertation examined the tradition of apocalyptic and precautionary writing in environmental literature. Her essay based on this project appears in  Coming into Contact: Explorations in Ecocritical Theory and Practice  (2007). Her article, "Sustaining Writing Theory," which originally appeared in  Composition Forum, is reprinted in  Best Writing from Independent Composition and Rhetoric Journals: 2010. Her poetry has appeared in Flyway, Magnolia, Mizna, and Anchor Magazine. Her current project explores opportunities afforded by liberal arts education combined with applied learning experiences in an interdisciplinary, problem-oriented research and education setting enhanced through community and industry partnerships.