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EIU Department of English


Terri A. Fredrick, Professor of English

Office: 3070 - Coleman Hall

Office Hours for Spring 2023 are available both in-person and online. 

  • Tuesdays 11 am–12:30 pm 
  • Wednesdays 10–11 am
  • Thursdays 11 am–12:30 pm

Terri Fredrick teaches courses in professional writing, composition, and the structure of English. She is director of the EIU Writing Center, co-director of the Eastern Illinois Writing Project, and coordinator for the English Department internship program. Her research interests are in strategies for evaluating student writing, service learning, writing classroom pedagogy, enculturation, and workplace writing. She is co-editor of the anthology Getting In Is Not Enough: Women and the Global Workplace. Her writing has appeared in Writing across the DisciplinesBusiness Communication Quarterly, Journal of Business and Technical Communication, Language Arts Journal of Michigan, the National Women's Studies Association Journal, and the edited collection Writing and the iGeneration: Composition in the Computer-Mediated Classroom.




Frequently Taught Courses

ENG 2760: Introduction to Professional Writing
ENG 2901: Structure of English
ENG 3001: Advanced Composition
ENG 3005: Technical Communication
ENG 4060: Careers in Professional Writing
ENG 4760: Workplace Collaboration
ENG 4765: Technical Editing
ENG 5007: Composition Theories and Pedagogies
ENG 5011: The Practice and Politics of Evaluating Student Writing
ENG/CMN 5260: Communication in Science and Technical Organizations




PhD, Rhetoric and Professional Communication, Iowa State University
MBA, Applied Management, Eastern Illinois University
MA, English, Iowa State University
BA, Russian and English, Truman State University



Professional Organizations





Professional writing, technical writing, service learning, composition pedagogy, evaluating students' writing



Selected Publications

“The Space Between: MA Students Enculturate to Graduate-Level Reading and Writing.” Graduate Writing Across the Disciplines: Identifying, Teaching and Supporting.(2020). With Kaylin Stravelli, Scott May, and Jami Smith.

“Stop! Think! Grade!: Toward a Philosophy of Writing Evaluation.” Language Arts Journal of Michigan 28.2 (2013): 26–33.

Getting In Is Not Enough: Women and the Global Workplace. Johns Hopkins UP, 2012. With Colette Morrow.

“Rethinking Evaluation: Using Computer Reviewing Tools to Talk with Students about Their Writing.” Writing and the iGeneration: Composition in the Computer-Mediated Classroom. Ed. Terry Carter and Maria A. Clayton. Southlake, TX: Fountainhead Press, 2009. 121–140.

“Facilitating Better Teamwork: Analyzing the Challenges and Strategies of Classroom-Based Collaboration.” Business Communication Quarterly 71.4 (December 2008): 439–455.

“Practicing Professional Communication Principles by Creating Public Service Announcements.” Business Communication Quarterly 71.1 (March 2008): 58–63.

“Review of Lorna Jowett’s Sex and the Slayer: A Gender Studies Primer for the Buffy Fan.” National Women’s Studies Association Journal: 18.2 (Summer 2006): 239–240.
“The Messy Nature of Representation: A Case Approach.” Instructor’s Manual for Technical Communication 6th edition. Rebecca Burnett and Donna Kain, Eds. Boston: Wadsworth, 2005. With Jennifer Maher andElizabeth Wardle



Selected Conference Presentations

“’Incident at the Rosebud Restaurant’: Online Activity on Ethical Group Decision-Making.” Great Ideas in Teaching (G.I.F.T) submission. Central States Communication Association Annual Convention—Chicago, IL. April 2020. With Claudia Janssen Danyi. [Conference cancelled due to COVID-19.]

“Communicating with External Stakeholders: An Analysis of Midwestern Business School Websites.” North American Management Society—Chicago, IL. March 2020. With Michael Dobbs. [Conference cancelled due to COVID-19.]

Workshop: “Responding to Students’ Writing to Improve Learning Outcomes.” Wakonse Conference—Shelby, MI. May 2017. Repeated May 2018.

Workshop: “Faculty as Activists.” Wakonse Conference—Shelby, MI. May 2016. Repeated May 2017.

Workshop: “Evaluating Student Writing across the Curriculum.” Wakonse Conference—Shelby, MI. May 2014. Repeated May 2015, May 2016, and May 2019.

Workshop for graduate students: "Understanding Teaching, Research, and Service at Different Types of Institutions.” Wakonse Conference—Shelby, MI. May 2015.

“Approaching Community Partners as Co-Educators.” Conference on Community Writing—Boulder, CO. October 2015. Presentation with Kristen McIntyre.

Workshop: “Fostering Student Self-Assessment.” RosEvaluation Conference—Terre Haute, IN. March 2014. Workshop with Kristen McIntyre.

Workshop: “Interdisciplinary Strategies for Evaluating Student Writing” and “Community-based Learning and Teaching.” Wakonse Conference—Shelby, MI. May 2012.

Workshop: “A 360 Approach to Internship Assessment.” RosEvaluation Conference—Terre Haute, IN. April 2012. Workshop with Kristen McIntyre.

“Worth the Effort: Internships as Sites of Learning (for Everyone). Writing Program Administrators Conference—Denver, CO: July 2008.

“Perspectives of Community Service Organizers in an Emerging Service-Learning Program.” Conference on College Composition and Communication—New Orleans, LA: April 2008.

“Room for One More?: Benefits and Challenges of Moving Service Learning into the WPA’s (Already Crowded) House.” Writing Program Administrators Conference—Phoenix, AZ. July 2007.

“’But there's nothing to do here!’: Finding and Negotiating Service-Learning Opportunities in (Semi)Rural Communities.” Minnesota State Colleges and Universities English Discipline Conference—Minneapolis, MN. March 2007.

“Good Cop/Bad Cop: Teachers’ Use of Email to Deliver Negative Messages.” Association of Teachers of Technical Writing—Chicago, IL. March 2006

“When the Participant is (sort of) a Researcher: Exploring Possibilities and Problems in an Ambiguous Participant-Researcher Relationship.” Conference on College Composition and Communication—New York, NY. March 2003. 



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