Christopher L. Schroeder
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-5483
Political economies of literacy, literacy philosophies and language policies.
Courses Taught
Cultural Linguistics and Sociolinguistics
English Studies and Technology
Grammars of Standard English and Competing Discourses
Literacies and Political Economies
Seminar in Composition Theory
Summer Writing Institute (National Writing Project)
Writing Across the Curriculum
Writing Assessment
Advanced Composition
American Literature
Drama and Diversity
History of Chicago Drama
Intro to Global Studies
Literatures and Literacies
Modern American Drama
Technical Writing
WAC-Writing Center Tutoring
The World of Drama
Research Interests
Chicago drama, textual circulation, and political economies of literacy

Ph.D. with distinction in English from the University of Louisiana (1999)

M.A. in English from the University of Missouri (1994)

B.A. with honors in English from Southern Illinois University (1992)

Selected Publications

Schroeder, Christopher. 2011. Diverse by Design: Literacy Education within Multicultural Institutions. Logan, Utah: Utah State University Press.
• recipient of 2012 CCCC Research Impact Award

Schroeder, Christopher, Helen Fox, and Patricia Bizzell, eds. 2002. ALT DIS: Alternative Discourses and the Academy. Portsmouth, N.H.: Heinemann/Boynton-Cook.
• reprinted by Heinemann in 2004
• college best-seller for Heinemann in 2002

Schroeder, Christopher. 2001. ReInventing the University: Literacies and Legitimacy in the Postmodern Academy. Logan, Utah: Utah State University Press.
• reviewed in College English
• nominated for the 2002 David H. Russell Award sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English

Articles, Chapters, and Essays
Schroeder, Christopher. 2016. “Continuity and Community in a Cosmopolitan World: Code Switching and Its Effects on Community Identity.” In Crossing Borders, Drawing Boundaries: The Rhetoric of Lines Across America, ed. Barbara Couture and Patricia Wojahn, 43-59.  Boulder, Colo.: Utah State University Press.

---. 2010. “Web Authoring Software and Electronic Expertise.” In Digital Tools in Composition Studies: Critical Dimensions and Implications, ed. Ollie O. Oviedo, Joyce R. Walker, and Byron Hawk, 95-113. Cresskill, N.J.: Hampton Press, Inc.

---. 2009. “English Teachers We Have Known.” In Transforming English Studies: New Voices from an Emerging Genre, ed. Lori Ostergaard, Jeff Ludwig, and Jim Nugent, 212-228. West Lafayette, Ind: Parlor Press.

---. 2007. “Notes Toward a Dynamic Theory of Literacy.” In Locations of Composition, ed. Christopher Keller and Christian Weisser, 267-287. Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press.

---. 2006. “The Limits of Institutionalized Literacies: Minority Bilinguals at One U.S. University.” Community Literacy Journal 1: 67-82.

---. 2005. “Natural Diversity: A Response to David Quammen.” In Writing Environments: Rhetoric, Texts, and the Construction of Nature, ed. Sidney Dobrin and Chris Keller, 99-107. Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press.

---. 2004a. Review of Introducing English: Essays in the Intellectual Work of Composition, by James Slevin. Composition Studies 32: 143-146.

---. 2004b. “The Ethnographic Experience of Postmodern Literacies.” In Ethnography Unbound: From Shock Theory to Critical Praxis, ed. Stephen Brown and Sidney Dobrin. Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press.

---. 2002. “From the Inside Out (or the Outside In, Depending).” In ALT DIS: Alternative Discourses and the Academy, ed. Christopher Schroeder, Helen Fox, and Patricia Bizzell, 178-190. Portsmouth, N.H.: Heinemann/Boynton-Cook.

---. 2002. “Rereading the Literacy Crisis in Colleges and Universities in the United States.” In Professing Rhetoric: Selected Papers from the 2000 Rhetoric Society of America Conference, ed. Frederick J. Anczak, Cinda Goggins, and Geoffery D. Klinger, 187-192. Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum.

---. 2001. “Academic Literacies, Legitimacy Crises, and Electronic Cultures.” The Journal of Literacy and Technology

---. 1999. “Blurring Boundaries: Rhetoric in Literature (and Other) Classrooms.” In Teaching in the 21st Century: Adapting Writing Pedagogies to the College Curriculum, ed. Alice Robertson and Barbara Smith, 297-311. New York: Garland Press.

---. 1998. “Writing, Reading, and Resistant Meanings: Teaching Students to Fish.” Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines 17: 61-72. (all footnotes were omitted without permission)

---. 1997. “Knowledge and Power, Logic and Rhetoric, and Other Reflections in the Toulminian Mirror: A Critical Consideration of Toulmin’s Contributions to Composition.” JAC: A Journal of Composition Theory 17: 95-107.

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Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
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(773) 442-5483
Office Hours
Spring 2024 Student Hours
Tuesday and Thursday: 12:05-1:35 p.m./ 3:00-4:00 p.m. (in office)

Other times by appointment via Google Meet
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